Caprice Bourret has revealed her sudden departure from Channel 4 reality show The Jump in February was due to her being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The Jewish model and businesswoman, 45, has undergone surgery for the tumour, which she discovered while competing in the winter sports show.
A representative said at the time that she had withdrawn from the competitive skiing show due to illness.
She told Hello!: “I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. I found out while I was competing in the show and boy, was it more horrific than any of the challenges.”
The mother of two has praised The Jump with saving her life as it was at their insistence she went to consult a doctor.
She said: “I had headaches that were not going away and my vision was beginning to act up so the show’s production insisted I see their doctor.”
A growth the size of a thumb was detected, Hello! reports.
She said: “My first thought was for my two little boys. I’m their rock and keep my family together. It was the scariest moment I’d ever experienced.”
Read the full interview in this week’s Hello!