DANCING On Ice star Cheryl Baker has admitted she has an "all-consuming fear" of skating after the show.
The Buck's Fizz singer – who competed on the ITV show back in 2018 – suffered a serious injury while taking part.
Cheryl, 68, who competed alongside professional skater Daniel Whiston, revealed her skating experience wasn't plain sailing.
The singer has opened up on how she injured her right shoulder from a nasty fall on the ice during training.
The star admitted she had been left with "damage she couldn't repair", which still causes her pain and has left her in "dread" of ever skating again.
She described herself as almost having a "phobia" of the ice to this day because of the nasty injury.
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Cheryl told the Daily Star: "It wasn't for me, I was just too nervous of falling over and hurting myself again.
"I used to hate putting my skates on the benches, I really did. It used to fill me with dread putting my skates on.
"It became a bit of – not a phobia – but it became all-consuming. I used to see the brown signs on the road indicating an ice rink and my heart would sink when I saw it”.
Cheryl was voted off the show after four weeks of competition, when she faced the skate-off against Lemar.
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"After my first fall when I really hurt myself, I thought I'm really too old for it," she concluded.
It comes after Cheryl revealed she was living on £950 a month after finding Eurovision fame in 1981.
She previously kept herself afloat by touring with bandmates Mike Nolan and Jay Ashton as a break-away group called The Fizz.
But as live gigs came to a screeching halt thanks to the pandemic, Cheryl revealed to The Sun that she has turned to her pension to pay her mortgage.
She said: “I started paying into pensions when I was 21 but, for one reason or another, had to cash in all but one.
“So I get a £700 state pension a month plus £250 from my private one, which is great.
“I still have a mortgage. I don’t suppose there are many people my age who still have one, they’ve been sensible with their money or downsized.”
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