Lady Leshurr heartbreak: Dancing on Ice star on how sister’s death pushed her to take part

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Rapper and singer, Lady Leshurr, 32, will kick off this year’s series of Dancing on Ice this weekend alongside Jason Donovan, Joe-Warren Plant, Denise Van Outen, Rufus Hound, and Rebekah Vardy. She is ready to take on the challenge and get her confidence back after she recently lost her sister.

Lady Leshurr and her skating pro-partner Brendyn Hatfield are among the six couples to appear on the first episode of the show.

Ahead of her first performance, the star opened up on how the recent loss of her sister made her decide to take part in the reality competition.

“I recently lost my sister to breast cancer and that’s really made me think I need to push myself,” she said. “I need to challenge myself, to get my confidence back.”

Lady Leshurr’s sister Carmen lost her battle to breast cancer in late 2019.

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Her biggest fear when it comes to skating she says is “falling over, someone skating over my fingers and cutting them off,” which she says comes from when she tried skating in her youth.

“I first tried to get on the ice when I was younger,” she said. “My mates used to do it and I’d go with them to an ice rink in Birmingham.

“We’d be there every Christmas and I’d go thinking ‘Yeah I’m going to do this’ but the doubt would come over me and I’d just find myself at the side watching them being brilliant, going backwards and doing tricks.”

Lady Leshurr has tried skating since, but “it has mainly been me holding onto the sides”.

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However, she is ready to take on this challenge on live TV.

“I love a challenge. I absolutely love a challenge,” she said. “I’ve been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone.

“Everyone sees me as this musician, but I know I’ve got more to that. A personality that can’t just be expressed through my music.

“I like doing little things that just bring me out of my shell. Doing TV work feels like a breath of fresh air.”

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Lady Leshurr knows she has got a steep learning curve ahead of her but is ready to take on the challenge.

“I think everything is all about learning. I’ve always wanted to skate. Even though I’ve been petrified and could never do it with my mates.”

Now she is not even going to tell her friends that she is competing on Dancing On Ice.

“I’m just going to be like ‘turn the TV on’ and they’ll be like what the hell?!” she said.

Whether she makes it to the end or not, one thing Lady Leshurr wants to take away from the show is the ability to teach skating to her own kids. 

“One day I’m going to be teaching my kids and my little nieces and nephews to skate.

“That’s what I see in this show – learning and taking something from it.”

She added: “I don’t know how good I’ll be, how far I’ll get but as for just pushing me out of my comfort zone and challenging myself and experimenting – I’m all for that.”

Dancing On Ice airs Sunday on ITV at 6pm.

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