Strictly star hospitalised with mystery illness as shares update with fans

Strictly Come Dancing star Ellie Simmonds has been hospitalised with a mystery illness.

The 29-year-old Paralympic swimmer headed over to her Instagram on Saturday (December 16) to reveal she has spent days at Walsall Manor Hospital. Although she did not disclose why she was admitted to hospital, it appears the scare came on rather suddenly.

In the photo uploaded to her Instagram stories, Ellie's hand was attached to an IV drip. Captioning the snap, she wrote: "Never would of thought spent days in December and lead up to Christmas in hospital."

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She then went on to thank those who helped her in her time of need. She added: "Huge thank you to all the nurses, doctors and staff at Walsall Manor NHS Hospital for looking after me."

The news comes after reports claimed Ellie had recently split from her boyfriend Matt Dean. The couple had been dating for two years.

Sharing further insight a source told The Sun newspaper: "Ellie and Matt have sadly split but it was amicable on both sides and there remains a lot of love there. They preferred to keep their relationship out of the public eye and it was the same with the break-up, but both are doing OK."

Ellie and Matt have known each other since they were toddlers but decided to move things to the next level in their relationship two years ago when they realised they had a romantic connection. Things were still going well for the pair when Matt was spotted in the audience supporting Ellie as she competed on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in 2022.

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When Ellie decided to participate in Strictly, she gave a special mention to Matt, who like Ellie, has dwarfism, for supporting her throughout. Speaking to The Sun, she said: "I was like shall I, shall I not. Then I spoke to my other half Matt, and he was like 'go for it Ellie, take that leap of faith, you don't know unless you try."

She added: "Now I'm so happy I said yes. As soon as I did we were bouncing around the kitchen like yay! Like little buzzing bees."

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