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Gemma Collins hits back at claims she 'faked' DOI fall

The reality TV star said she "passed out"

Gemma Collins has denied staging her Dancing On Ice fall after being accused of faking her slip on the rink.

The reality TV star was nearing the end of her routine on Sunday’s show when she slipped and fell forwards, landing on her front.

Gemma, who said she was inspired to get back on her feet by boxer Tyson Fury, has faced allegations of deliberately going over.

Gemma insisted she didn't fake her fall (Credit: ITV)

Read more: Fans accuse Gemma Collins of faking her DOI fall

However, speaking to The Sun, Collins said she "passed out" before the tumble and could have knocked her teeth out.

She said: "It definitely wasn’t faked, one million per cent. If they knew the pain I am in with my knee, they would understand.

"I didn’t fall, I passed out. I was just going and then, next thing, on the ground. What is scary is my teeth could have been smashed out. It was so weird. I don’t think I tripped, I think I blacked out."

Gemma, 37, has been using a wheelchair following the incident, though is free to compete in Sunday’s Dancing On Ice along with dance partner Matt Evers.

The star said she believes she "blacked out" during the routine (Credit: ITV)

Following her fall, Gemma admitted on Instagram she was "absolutely devastated" and "embarrassed" over the incident.

Sharing a clip of her routine to Instagram on Monday, Gemma thanked fans for their support and voting for her and Matt.

She wrote: "Absolutely devastated & embarrassed, my heart is broken but when I went down I thought of @gypsyking101 Tyson Fury and knew I had to get back up & carry on!

It definitely wasn’t faked, one million per cent.

"Can’t thank you enough for your support on social media and picking up the phone to vote! I'm in a lot of pain but bring on fantasy week!!!"

Read more: Matt Evers reveals Gemma Collins will miss DOI rehearsals as she’s ‘in a really bad way’

Following the claims that Gemma had 'faked' the fall, Matt hit out at the critics to defend his skating partner.

He told The Sun: "To all those people who said she staged it, that is just ridiculous. If she had, she's in the wrong show. She should be a stunt woman. That's just the furthest from the truth."

Gemma received her highest score of the series for her routine despite the fall.

Dancing On Ice continues on ITV on Sunday 3 February.

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