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Balmain Designer Olivier Rousteing Reveals Injuries After Being Severely Burned in Fireplace Explosion

Balmain Designer Olivier Rousteing Reveals Injuries After Being Severely Burned in Fireplace Explosion

Olivier Rousteing is opening up about a near-fatal incident.

On Saturday (October 9), the 36-year-old Balmain designer marked the one-year anniversary of him being severely burned in a fireplace explosion at his home.

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“A YEAR AGO. I finally feel ready to share this. I’ve been hiding this for too long and it’s time for you to know,” Olivier wrote on Instagram. “Exactly a year ago, the fireplace inside my house exploded.”

Along with his message, Olivier shared a photo of him with bandages covering his entire upper body and head, as well as burn marks on his face.

“I woke up the next morning in Paris’ Hôpital Saint Louis,” Olivier continued. “The talented staff at that famous hospital, which was dealing with an incredible number of COVID cases at that same time, took amazing care of me. I cannot thank them enough.”

Olivier went on to reveal he felt “ashamed” about his injuries and tried to keep the incident out of the press.

“I did everything to hide this story from as many people as possible and trying to keep the secret with my teams and friends for too long,” Olivier wrote. “To be honest I am not really sure why I was so ashamed, maybe this obsession with perfection that fashion is known for and my own insecurities…”

Oliver continued, “As I recovered, I just worked days and night to forget and creating all my collections, trying to keep the world dreaming with my collections and at the same time hiding the scars with face masks, turtlenecks, long sleeves and even multiple rings on all my fingers through many interviews or fotoshoots [sic].”

“And I truly realized that the power of social media is to reveal only what you want to show!” he wrote. “Kind of allowing us to create our own special narrative that avoids what we do not wish to see or show: this is our new world.”

Olivier then thanked all of his friends, family, and coworkers for helping him work on his latest Balmain collection amid his recovery.

“Now, a year later—healed, happy and healthy,” Olivier shared. “I realize how truly blessed I am and I thank GOD everyday of my life. My last show was about the celebration of healing over pain and I thank all the models the productions my team the models my Balmain family, my friends that came and supported not only my 10 years of Balmain but my rebirth.”

Olivier concluded, “Today, I feel so free, so good and so lucky. I’m beginning a new chapter with a smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude. To the doctors and nurses at Saint Louis, and to all those who helped me during this long recovery and kept my secret : a profound thank-you. I love you. GOD BLESS YOU ALL ♥️ and again never never give up ! There is always the sun after the storm.”

We’re so glad to hear that Olivier is doing better now.

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