Professional skater Matt Evers has revealed that he attended therapy sessions to help him cope with the difficulties of this year’s series of Dancing On Ice, on which he was partnered with Gemma Collins.
Matt said that the online abuse Gemma faced throughout the competition, combined with backstage drama and the pressure of wanting her to perform well, began to take its toll on his mental health, noting the show’s producers “made sure” he received help.
“They arranged it right away,” he told The Sun. “I had a couple of sessions.
“The stress of Dancing On Ice and the Gemma trolling, and the pressure to do my best to bring out the best in her, it was a challenge.”
He also described how juggling Dancing On Ice with his upcoming appearance on The Real Full Monty proved to be tough for him, particularly as the cancer fundraiser brought back memories of losing his mum to the disease.
Matt explained: “It brought up all these hidden emotions I had buried. Fortunately for me the show producers did look after me and were on it straight away to got me the help I needed.”
While ITV has said they intend to increase the amount of aftercare contestants receive, it’s also been reported they are offering 24/7 support to cast members on another of their reality shows, The Only Way Is Essex.