Kim Kardashian's fashion designer and close friend Olivier Rousteing opened up about a tragedy in his life that happened a year ago. He had been hiding the secret with his teams and friends until recently.
He shared his story via his Instagram and posted an image of his state during the unfortunate incident.
On Saturday, the Balmain creative director shocked his followers and friends after posting an image of his entire upper body and head covered in bandages with burned marks on his face.
In the caption, he began explaining the image saying, "A YEAR AGO. I finally feel ready to share this. I've been hiding this for too long and it's time for you to know."
"Exactly a year ago, the fire place inside my house exploded," Rousteing explained in a lenghty post. "I woke up the next morning in Paris' Hôpital Saint Louis. The talented staff at that famous hospital, which was dealing with an incredible number of COVID cases at that same time, took amazing care of me. I cannot thank them enough."
The 36-year-old fashion designer claimed that he "did everything to hide this story from as many people as possible and trying to keep the secret with my teams and friends for too long."
He also addressed the possible reason why he took such actions.
"To be honest, I am not really sure why I was ashamed, maybe this obsession with perfection that fashion is known for and my own insecurities...," he shared. "And I truly realized that the power social media is to reveal only what you want to show! Kind of allowing us to create our own special narrative that avoids what we do not wish to see or show: this is our new world."
Kim's longtime friend said he went straight back to work after recovery as a way to keep himself busy to distract himself from thinking about the traumatic experience.
"As I recovered, I just worked days and night to forget and creating all my collections, trying to keep the world dreaming with my collections and at the same time hiding the scars with face masks, turtlenecks, long sleeves and even multiple rings on all my fingers through many interviews and fotoshoots, " he confessed.
Thankfully a year later, he survived the pain and the suffering and is "healed, happy and healthy."
"I realize how truly blessed I am, and I thank GOD everyday of my life..," he reflected before thanking "all the models the productions my team the models my Balmain family, my friends," for their support throughout the entire ordeal.
He ended his note with an inspiring message to all of his 7.1 million followers, saying, "GOD BLESS YOU ALL and again never never give up ! There is always the sun after the storm."
Later, his followers and friends flocked into the comment sections to show their support and praise his courage to open up about the tragedy. Among them was his best friend Kim, who wrote, "I love you," accompanied by the praying emoji.
At 24 years old, Rousteing became the youngest and only Black creative director in the history of Balmain. Since joining Balmain, he has had many career-defining moments, including booking Rihanna as the face of Balmain in 2013 and designing Coachella looks for Beyonce in 2018.