HAMISH Gaman made headlines after his bitter fall out with Dancing On Ice 2020 contestant Caprice Bourret.
The professional skater is back this year to partner former Coronation Street actress Faye Brookes for the new series of the hit show.
Who is Hamish Gaman?
Hamish Gaman is a 37-year-old who began skating in 1998 and is a member of Guildford IFSC in Surrey.
Alongside his skate partner Caitlin Yankowskas, he became the 2015 Challenge Cup silver medallist and 2015 British National champion.
On September 10, 2015, Hamish and Caitlin announced their retirements from competitive figure skating citing lack of funding as the reason.
Hamish had previously partnered with Vanessa James and Rebecca Collett, and had been coached by Bruno Marcotte and choreographed by Julie Marcotte.
He joined Dancing On Ice when it returned to ITV in 2018.
In his first season he was paired with athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton and in 2019 he was partnered with singer Saara Aalto.
Hamish was caught up in controversy in the 2020 series after being paired with Caprice Bourret.
Did Hamish Gaman quit Dancing on Ice in 2020?
No – Hamish did not quit Dancing On Ice, however, the 37-year-old was replaced as Caprice’s partner after a fallout.
Sources close to the pair claimed that the two struggled to get on from the moment they met.
The pair grew to hate each other and Caprice was branded a “diva and lazy”.
On Sunday, February 16, 2020, the professional skater announced he would not be appearing in the show that day.
In a statement on Instagram, he said: “I’m sad to say that I’ve pulled out of appearing on Dancing On Ice tonight.
“The past three-and-a-half months have been the worst of my life, and I’m struggling. It might look like things have been calming down, but they aren’t.”
Caprice went on to skate with a new partner, Oscar Peter, before quitting the show.
What has Hamish Gaman said about the Caprice Bourret fallout?
Hamish broke his silence on their fallout at the end of January, 2020, telling fans he was “not okay” following the furore.
He told his 47,000 Instagram followers: “Thank you so much for your kind messages. I’ve been overwhelmed by your love and support—it’s brought me to tears at times.
“Honestly, I’m not okay, but I’d like to thank Amelia, my pro family and ITV for doing all that they can to support me.
“I’m comforted knowing the truth always comes out in the end, and I hope we can focus on the skating again now.”
Is Hamish Gaman married?
No – Hamish is not actually married.
However, he announced his engagement to girlfriend Amelia Humfress in March 2020.
The happy couple share snaps of each other on Instagram, and they live with their Pomeranian dog named Zana and an Akita named Akira.
Amelia is an illustrator but has also started learning to skate with Hamish’s help and regularly shares updates on a special Instagram account – @ameliaskating.
Amelia’s Insta page also states she’s vegan – as is Hamish.