Lady Leshurr has told how she thinks 13 is an ‘unlucky number’ for
The rapper, 32, is one of five remaining stars in the competition and said she was ‘gutted’ to see her friend Jason Donovan leave after injuring his back in what some have called a ‘cursed’ series.
Speaking to MailOnline for Sport’s Direct’s #LiftWeightDonate campaign, Lady Leshurr said: ‘I can’t believe that, I’m gutted. I really loved [Jason], everybody loved him. It’s the 13th series and you know what they say, it’s an unlucky number.
‘Cursed’: Lady Leshurr has told how she thinks 13 is an ‘unlucky number’ for Dancing On Ice after five celebrities have been forced to withdraw from the 13th series
‘I didn’t think there would be any injuries. I came into this just straight in, I didn’t think about any repercussions. I twisted my knee and that’s currently how I am.
‘You have to look after your body and stretch and warm up before you go out on stage. We’ve had a whole week [off] so it’s been alright. Some people had it worse than others. It was just unfortunate about Jason.’
The hitmaker, who is partnered with skater Brendyn Hatfield, has revealed her own injuries on social media, hurting both her knee and her elbow during a recent performance on the ice.
The series took a week off after the Valentine’s Day live episode to give skaters time to recover following a series of axes.
Family: The rapper said one of the reasons she took part in Dancing On Ice was in memory of her sister Carmen (pictured), who passed away in late 2019 aged 39 following a battle with breast cancer
Jason became the fifth star to bow out of the ‘cursed’ competition after Denise Van Outen and Billie Faiers have to leave due to injuries and Rufus Hound and Joe-Warren Plant were axed following positive Covid test results.
Lady Leshurr, whose real name is Melesha Katrina O’Garro, is still in the competition along with Colin Jackson, Faye Brookes, Rebekah Vardy and Sonny Jay.
The star insisted she’s looking forward to getting back on the ice and believes the celebrities will still be back in action this weekend.
She said: ‘I think everything is running as normal now. I’m just looking forward [to getting back].
He’s out! Jason Donovan has quit Dancing On Ice after failing to recover from a back injury
The rapper told how one of the reasons she took part in Dancing On Ice was in memory of her sister Carmen, who passed away in late 2019 aged 39 following a battle with breast cancer.
Lady Leshurr admitted she briefly considered giving up her music career after Carmen’s death but later threw herself into TV shows like Celebrity MasterChef and Dancing On Ice as a distraction.
She said: ‘Losing my sister, I lost my confidence. Everytime I tried to write a song, I felt really sad, it just wasn’t me. I thought, “I can’t keep going.”
‘As an artist, you have to keep going or else everyone will forget you but I felt like I couldn’t. One of the things that got me over it was doing TV shows, things I would never do.
Lady Leshurr said: ‘I didn’t think there would be any injuries. I came into this just straight in, I didn’t think about any repercussions. I twisted my knee and that’s currently how I am’
She added: ‘You have to look after your body and stretch and warm up before you go out on stage. We’ve had a whole week [off] so it’s been alright’
‘I did MasterChef, I did it for the bants, I did it to distract myself, I thought, I’m going to throw myself in at the deep end and challenge myself. and now I’m on Dancing On Ice. I’m just trying to push myself. Losing my sister made me realise life is short and I have to try new things.’
She added: ‘I stopped doing music because I had just lost my sister. I just started to think, “what am I going to do? I’m going to live a normal life and not do music.”
‘Then lockdown happened. During lockdown I got to learn more about myself more, I was praying more, exercising more. I started writing about lockdown and I had something to look forward to, and I had something to do.
‘I learned how to record during lockdown. It was hard at the start because of what I was going through personally but then I turned that negative into a positive.’
Ouch: The star took to Instagram and shared a clip of her bruised knee she got from skating
Lady Leshurr narrowly escaped elimination after the Valentine’s Day show which saw her perform in the skate-off opposite Amy Tinkler who was given the boot after all four judges chose to save Lady Leshurr.
The star insisted she doesn’t let any criticism from the panel get to her, saying: ‘They’re just doing their job.
‘I think if they’re going to say any comments, they’re trying to push you to the next level, that’s the vibe I get from them. They’re challenging me to be a better version of myself every week and I appreciate it.’
Contender: The star insisted she’s looking forward to getting back on the ice and believes the celebrities will still be back in action this weekend
Lady Leshurr also told how she plans to buy a home in her native Birmingham and will likely move back there to help her mother look after her sister’s children.
She explained: ‘My sister’s kids, both parents have passed and my mum looks after them and I feel like they need more support.
‘I need to leave my legacy there. There’s a youth club that I grew up in that is now shutting down. They’re still trying to knock it down. I feel like I need to be in Birmingham to do that.’
Campaign: Lady Leshurr is taking part in Sport’s Direct’s #LiftWeightDonate campaign to challenge Brits to lift their spirits during lockdown
Lady Leshurr is taking part in Sport’s Direct’s #LiftWeightDonate campaign to challenge Brits to lift their spirits during lockdown.
Participants are encouraged to post a video of themselves doing weighted reps while also sharing what has been weighing them down during lockdown before donating their reps to mental health awareness charity, Sporting Minds UK.
Lady Leshurr said: ‘It’s all about mental health and exercising more. That’s all I’ve been doing right now. I’m fortunate to be able to do that. A lot of people can’t and their mental health is effected.
‘After every session, I know the work out is helping me to balance my mind and channel my worries into something that makes me feel great.’
Sports Direct has launched a campaign to spread the message that by sharing our problems, we can lift what’s weighing us down together.
To get involved, post what’s weighing you down, a video of you doing your reps tagging @SportsDirectUK on Instagram or @SportsDirect on TikTok – and donate those reps in £ to @SportingMindsUK via their Just Giving page here and tag your friends to get involved too. #LiftWeightDonate.
Important: Sports Direct has launched a campaign to spread the message that by sharing our problems, we can lift what’s weighing us down together