Strictly Come Dancing's Katie Piper has spoken out after her acid attacker was released from jail.
Katie is a best-selling international author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner. Katie made the decision to share her story in a remarkable film for the Cutting Edge strand on Channel 4 called Katie: My Beautiful Face, which was watched by over 3.5million viewers and nominated for Best Single Documentary at the Bafta Television Awards in 2010.
Katie suffered horrific injuries after an acid attack ten years ago and now her attacker has applied for parole from prison.
According to reports, his release has been granted after nine years in jail.
In response to the news stories, Katie took to Twitter to send a message to her fans.
She wrote: "Hi everyone, I felt it was important to put a message out to my friends, supporters and followers. This is a really difficult time for me. I am trying to come to terms with the decision and this is something I need to deal with.
"Over the past 2 weeks Strictly has already given me such a welcome and positive distraction from my past.
"Whilst there is never a good time to hear this news, I am glad I have this new journey to concentrate on. "
She added: "Thank you for your continued support, I really appreciate it. Love Katie x"
Katie will take to the Strictly red carpet next week for the new series' launch show.
Joining Katie on the cast of Strictly 2018 are documentary maker Stacey Dooley, TV doctor Dr Ranj, Cricketer Graeme Swann, radio DJ and TV host Vick Hope, YouTube vlogger Joe Sugg, Steps singer Faye Tozer, actor Danny John-Jules, television presenter and fashion journalist Susannah Constantine and Casualty actor Charles Venn.
Joining them are Paratriathlete Lauren Steadman, Popstar turned soap actor Lee Ryan, Pussycat Doll singer Ashley Roberts, BBC journalist and newsreader Kate Silverton and comedian Seann Walsh.
Strictly Come Dancing starts on BBC One in September with its red carpet launch show.