Abbie Quinnen says she will be with AJ Pritchard "forever and ever"

Lisa Wehrstedt
·3-min read
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

AJ Pritchard's girlfriend Abbie Quinnen has opened up about how her Strictly Come Dancing pro boyfriend has assisted and supported her while she was recovering from serious burns.

A dancer herself, Abbie got seriously injured in a fireball accident earlier this year after a stunt went wrong. AJ and his brother Curtis were filming a video for their Instagram page, following a YouTube hack where a glass bottle is cut in half with a burning piece of string in order to make a vase.

When they lit the string, Abbie was engulfed in a ball of fire and left with third-degree burns. After a week in the hospital and multiple follow-up visits and undergoing skin graft procedures, she is now recovering.

Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

She recently spoke to The Sun about how her boyfriend supported her throughout this time.

"I did everything to push him away from me. I felt so traumatised, I hit out at the person who loved me the most," said the 23-year-old.

"He was by my side from the moment I came out of hospital, cooking for me, rubbing creams and moisturisers into my scars four times a day, and telling me I was beautiful, not letting me lift a finger. He was keeping so calm and upbeat for me, but I was an emotional mess and I wanted him to be as devastated as I was.”

Abbie continued by saying that while AJ was allowed to see her in the hospital despite COVID-19 restrictions, she didn't allow him to see her. She didn't want him to see her and considered moving back with her mother.

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"I just wanted to hide from the world – from everyone," she confessed.

AJ eventually convinced her to return to their London flat, only seeing her for the first time since the accident when he came to pick her up. But Abbie still thought that was going to be the end of their relationship.

"I spent all my time crying," she said. "If he needed to go to work, I’d cry more, trying to guilt-trip him into staying home with me. I suppose I was just testing him all the time, and he just kept being really sweet and trying to help me."

Abbie then recalled a time when she started an argument with AJ and kept asking him why wasn’t he more upset by what had happened. After he left the room, she went after him to find him "making these awful animal crying noises, absolutely broken."

Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

"He could barely speak. All he kept saying was, 'I feel so guilty. It should have been me, not you.' He feels so guilty because we only tried that YouTube trick for his Instagram and I was the one that got hurt, and that was tearing him up inside.

It was after AJ's breakdown that Abbie realised he had been hiding his emotions from her and was trying to keep it together to be strong in front of her: "We both just cried and cried, and hugged each other, and we knew then that things would never be the same for us."

"We’ve been through this terrible thing together. He's seen me at my worst and I've seen him at his best. Helping me, refusing to be pushed away, caring for me on every level. I've seen how true his love is, and we know after this we will be together forever," confessed Abbie.

We wish Abbie all the best in her recovery.

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