Kim Zolciak hung up her ballroom shoes in September after the “Don't Be Tardy" star was forced to withdraw from the Season 21 competition of “Dancing With the Stars” due to a health scare. But, according to the Bravo reality star, as terrifying as her mini-stroke was, it also might have saved her life.
“It was a blessing in disguise,” Tony Dovolani’s partner, who was eliminated during Week 4 of the hit ABC series, said to “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan on Thursday. “The minor TIA [transient ischemic attack] revealed that I have a PFO [patent foramen ovale], a hole in my heart that never closed.”
— Kim ZolciakBiermann (@Kimzolciak) October 8, 2015
The 37-year-old contestant revealed that although she’s “feeling great” since the incident, she’s upset over the rumors that have accused her of fabricating her health scare.
“I think it’s sick that somebody would ever think that and some of the people that have said that, it just shows me their mentality,” Zolciak said.
After news broke that Zolciak was hospitalized, Wendy Williams, Dovolani’s “DWTS” Season 12 partner, told her viewers that she thought the blond-haired reality star might be “fibbing about the stroke.” The TV host added that if Zolciak was that desperate to be removed from the competition, there could have been an easier way to do it – like stubbing her toe.
Zolciak took to Twitter after Williams' comments went viral, telling the talk show host how “appalling” and “disgusting” her comments were.
Absolutely appalling!! wendywilliams how disgusting for you to insinuate I "faked" my mini stroke?!… https://t.co/almvE5EvRS
— Kim ZolciakBiermann (@Kimzolciak) September 28, 2015
“I don't think that many people would really fake a stroke,” Zolciak added during her “GMA” interview. “Especially since I love ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ It's been one of the best experiences of my life. It's been very difficult for me to not be on the show."
Although Zolciak is no longer in the run to win the Mirror Ball trophy, Dovolani’s partner will return to the ballroom floor during the show's Season 21 finale.
“I’m not sure what they’re going to have me doing,” she said. “I don’t care. I’m just so excited to be there.”
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.