STRICTLY star Catherine Tyldesley has suffered an eye-watering injury before the show starts — by accidentally rubbing Deep Heat on her private parts.
The former Corrie actress, 35, was massaging the pain-relief cream into her bruised thighs after rehearsals when she got some in between.
Posting a photo of her damaged legs on Instagram, she wrote: “I did put Deep Heat on my thighs today. Don’t do that — it migrates.
“Let’s just say I was feeling very fresh. It was very uncomfortable.”
She also tweeted: “Note to self . . . do not accidentally get DeepHeat in your ‘special places’. #fresh.”
The cream, which should never be applied to people’s privates, is advertised as providing “penetrating heat therapy”.
Catherine's slip-up came as she practised for next month’s opening shows with the other celebs and their pro dancers.
Talking about how the new stars were bonding, she added: “I feel so emotional and proud of us all — we’ve all got our own hang-ups and issues.”