Olivier Rousteing shares burn recovery after fireplace explosion at home | Photos

A famous fashion designer has revealed a photo showing how badly burned he got from a house explosion, leaving fellow celebs in shock.

French designer Olivier Rousteing opened up for the first time about his horrific injuries following an explosion at his home last year.

The creative director of the fashion house Balmain shared a picture of himself wrapped in bandages with burns on his face to his Instagram account on Saturday.

“I finally feel ready to share this. I’ve been hiding this for too long and it’s time for you to know,” Olivier began the post.

“Exactly a year ago, the fireplace inside my house exploded.”

The 36-year-old creative director woke the next day at Paris’ Hôpital Saint Louis where he was treated by staff already dealing with the Covid pandemic.

He added that he could not thank the medical staff enough for “taking amazing care” of him.

Since sharing news of his horrific injury, his post has been inundated with more than 20,000 messages of support from fans and celebrities, including long-time friend Kim Kardashian and fashion icon Donatella Versace.

“I love you,’ Kim wrote, while Donatella added: “I’m so glad you’re safe”.

“God bless you,” wrote Cardi B.

Other celebrities including model Cindy Crawford and Colombian singer Maluma were also shocked to learn of the 36-year-old’s horror experience, posting prayer emojis.

“Omg Olivier!!!! I had no idea! You are superhuman!!” one fan wrote.

Olivier went on to say that he had hidden what had happened to him from as many people as possible including his team and some of his friends.

The designer said his insecurities and fashion’s “obsession with perfection” stopped him from revealing his secret.

“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 photo shoots,” he wrote.

“Now, a year later – healed, happy and healthy.”

At 24, Olivier became the youngest and only black creative director in the history of Balmain.

According to Out Magazine, the fashion house grew between 15 per cent and 20 per cent after he joined in 2011.

In 2019, a Netflix documentary called Wonder Boy followed Olivier’s career and his journey to find his biological mother.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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