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Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing Opens Up About His ‘Secret’ Recovery After 2020 Fire Explosion

Olivier Rousteing took to his Instagram yesterday to speak about his “secret” recovery over the past year after suffering burns.

The Balmain creative director shared a photo of himself covered in bandages and burn marks on his face, adding that it came from exactly a year ago, when a fireplace exploded in his Parisian home—an incident he kept hidden from the public until now.

“I finally feel ready to share this. I’ve been hiding this for too long and it’s time for you to know,” he wrote in the caption. “Exactly a year ago, the fireplace inside my house exploded. I woke up the next morning in Paris’ Hôpital Saint Louis. 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.”

The 36-year-old went added that he decided to keep his recovery under wraps, and tried to conceal his injuries with face coverings, long sleeves, turtlenecks, and stacks of rings on his fingers. Rousteing admitted he was ashamed of the incident, but didn’t exactly know why; though he suspected it may have had something to do with the industry’s “obsession with perfection,” as well as his own insecurities.

“I truly realized that the power of social media is to reveal only what you want to show! Kind of allowing us to create our own special narrative that avoids what we do not wish to see or show …” he continued. “Now, a year later—healed, happy and healthy. I realize how truly blessed I am and I thank GOD everyday of my life.”

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