Fashion designer Olivier Rousteing – the boss of famed French clothing company Balmain – has revealed that he suffered severe face and body burns after a fireplace exploded in his Paris home last year.
Sharing an image of himself wrapped in bandages and with painful burns visible on his face, the 36-year-old creative director of French fashion house Balmain explained that his Sunday Instagram post marked the year anniversary of the terrifying incident.
No further details on how it happened have been shared.
Rousteing, who turned 36 last month, wrote: ‘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.
‘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. 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.
‘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.’ [sic]
Painful: Olivier Rousteing, 36, has revealed that he suffered severe face and body burns after a fireplace exploded in his Paris home last year
Rousteing also shared photos of himself recovering, with the designer able to hold his phone a month after the explosion
The 36 year-old designer also shared an Instagram story where he branded himself ‘unstoppable’
Rousteing revealed he’d kept his arms and legs covered-up all summer, and said ‘People laughed at me’
Rousteing’s Instagram featured a story of himself stood beside a coastal swimming pool in long sleeves and pants
He also shared a snap of himself next to a female friend while the words ‘I’m invincible’ flashed up on-screen
He went on: ‘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.
‘And 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: this is our new world.
‘Now, a year later—healed, happy and healthy. 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.’ [sic]
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.’ [sic]
Olivier wrote: ‘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’
He shared another photo of himself in an all-black outfit
In one photo, metal rings and what appeared to be Band-Aids were visible on one of Rousteing’s hands
Friends: Many of Olivier’s famous friends, including Kim Kardashian, were quick to reach out with supportive messages
Kim and Kylie’s mother Kris Jenner also commented on the designer’s post, telling him: ‘You have been so strong and so positive through it all and I am beyond proud of you!
‘I know how hard this is to share, but just know it will help so many people in different ways.’
Rousteing was adopted as a child, and grew up in Bordeaux. He studied at the prestigious Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode in Paris, and began his career working for designer Roberto Cavalli in 2003.
The designer climbed the ranks quickly, becoming Cavalli’s director of women’s ready-to-wear.
He spent five years in that position, then joined Balmain in 2009. Rousteing was appointed the couture house’s creative director just two years later in 2011, when he was 25.
Rousteing has been credited for dramatically boosting the popularity of Balmain’s menswear, and his tenure has also seen the French firm expand outside of Paris for the first time, with stores opening in London and New York.
Supportive: The likes of Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Donatella Versace were quick to praise Olivier’s bravery, with Kim, 40, writing beneath his post: ‘I love you’
Close friends: Kim and Olivier are close friends and often collaborate on luxury projects together
Keeping it in the family: Olivier is friends with the Kardashian clan, with Kris and Kylie Jenner also sending the designer well wishes
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’ (pictured at his fashion show this month)