Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing took to Instagram on Saturday to share a picture of himself wrapped in bandages, with apparent burn wounds on his face, revealing that he had been hiding critical injuries that he sustained in a fire a 12 months in the past.
The 36-year-old designer, who not too long ago celebrated his tenth anniversary with Balmain, stated he had been “hiding this for too lengthy” however that he was “lastly able to share” his expertise.
He begins off by sharing that the injuries got here about after the hearth inside his residence in Paris exploded, and added that the morning after the incident, he wakened in hospital.
“I wakened the following morning in Paris’ Hôpital Saint Louis. The gifted workers at that well-known hospital, which was coping with an unimaginable variety of Covid-19 instances at that very same time, took wonderful care of me,” stated Rousteing.
He admits that he kept his injuries a secret and from his associates and that he felt ashamed.
“I did all the things to cover this story, from as many individuals as potential, and attempting to maintain the secret with my groups and associates for too lengthy,” he stated.
He continues by saying: “To be trustworthy I’m not actually positive why I used to be so ashamed, perhaps this obsession with perfection that vogue is thought for and my very own insecurities … ”
In the publish he reveals he hid his scars with face masks, turtlenecks, lengthy sleeves, and a number of rings.
A 12 months on and he says that he is “healed, completely satisfied and wholesome.”
“I realise how actually blessed I’m and I thank God on a regular basis of my life,” he stated.
On his latest assortment, he remarks: “My final present was about the celebration of therapeutic over ache and I thank all of the fashions, the manufacturing crew, my Balmain household, my associates that got here and supported not solely my 10 years of Balmain, however my rebirth.”
He ends the message by thanking all those that supported him throughout the 12 months.
“To the medical doctors and nurses at Saint Louis, and to all those that helped me throughout this lengthy restoration and kept my secret: a profound thanks. I like you.”