‘There’s ups and downs but we’re going the right way’: AJ Pritchard reveals he’s ‘closer than ever’ to girlfriend Abbie Quinnen after her horrific burns ordeal
AJ Pritchard has revealed he’s ‘closer than ever’ to his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen, six months after she suffered horrific burns in a freak accident.
The former Strictly Come Dancing star confessed their relationship has had ‘ups and down’ since her terrifying ordeal, but their romance is ‘going the right way.’
Abbie required three skin grafts after she was burned while attending to turn a glass into a vase for a TikTok video, and has since had to wear a compression vest to help heal her scars.
Supportive: AJ Pritchard has revealed he’s ‘closer than ever’ to his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen, six months after she suffered horrific burns in a freak accident
Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, AJ said: ‘It has been hard, but it has brought us closer together.
‘She is doing good on the journey. I hate that word but it is a journey.
‘Ups and downs and lefts and rights but all going the right way at the end of the day. That is all that matters.’
AJ also revealed he and Abbie are planning work with burns charities to raise awareness, so others don’t have to suffer the same ordeal.
Agony: The former Strictly Come Dancing star confessed their relationship has had ‘ups and down’ since her terrifying ordeal, but their romance is ‘going the right way’
Abbie suffered horrific second and third-degree burns earlier this year in a freak fire accident when filming a YouTube video with AJ.
In a segment on Lorraine last month, Abbie stripped down to her swimwear and did a little dance as she showed off her body, after noting she hasn’t shown her scars to anyone in person apart from AJ and her family.
Abbie also revealed the true extent of her injuries and how she deals with them on a daily basis, six months on from the horrifying ordeal.
The beauty had joined Katie Piper (who herself suffered life-changing burns after an acid attack in 2008) on the show where they spoke to two women who told how they’ve learned to embrace their scars and their bodies.
Important: AJ also revealed he and Abbie are planning work with burns charities to raise awareness, so others don’t have to suffer the same ordeal
And after learning about the ladies’ (who were both dressed in swimwear) experiences, Abbie then revealed that she now felt ‘confident’ to don her own bikini for the segment which was shot at an outdoor swimming pool.
Addressing the women, Abbie said: ‘You guys have given me the confidence to actually show off my scars. Let’s be empowered together!’
Katie, 37, then described it as a ‘big moment’ for Abbie as she was seen emerging from a changing room in a bright blue bikini before proceeding to dance about.
Explaining how she felt, Abbie said: ‘I’m actually feeling like free a bit. This is such a weird moment, I’ve never shown my scars to anyone apart from AJ and my family.’
She added: ‘I’m so pleased that I got out there and I am showing the word my scars. This is the first time ever and I’m feeling so positive!’
Meanwhile in the segment, Abbie shared how she needs to moisturise the burns four times a day.
She said: ‘I basically just have to use circular motions and keep all of my scars hydrated. And after I do that I use my silicone sheets.
‘Then I put my compression vest on, which I wear for 23 hours a day.’
Aftermath: Abbie required three skin grafts after she was burned while attending to turn a glass into a vase for a TikTok video (pictured on Lorraine last month)
Her boyfriend AJ is also seen speaking in the clip, and he mentioned how hard it is sometimes to see what his girlfriend has to go through.
He said: ‘There are very bad days and there are very, very bad lows. And it makes me feel very upset.’
Abbie suffered horrific burns in a freak fire accident while she was filming a YouTube video with AJ in January where they attempted to turn a wine bottle into a vase.
She needed three skin grafts after a YouTube video she was filming with her boyfriend went horribly wrong and saw the bottle explode and set fire to her hair and clothing on January 19.
Careful: Abbie revealed last month that she struggles to find clothes to wear because she has to wear a compression vest ’23 hours a day’ and keep her scars out of the sun
She has previously detailed the fears she felt for her life during the accident while her beau AJ spoke about how ‘seconds felt like a lifetime’ when he attempted to quell the flames consuming her during an appearance on Lorraine.
And despite the ordeal, Abbie remained positive about her recovery as she said: ‘I’m doing OK a lot better than I was, that’s for sure. My face has almost healed now.’
She continued: ‘I think when it happened I was just thinking the worst, my face is never going to look the same again, I’m always going to have scars on my body.
‘I’m never going to be able to dance or perform and do what I love doing, so I instantly thought that was it for me. Luckily my face is healing really well.’
Abbie revealed last month that she struggles to find clothes to wear because she has to wear a compression vest ’23 hours a day’ and keep her scars out of the sun.
Taking to Instagram, the dancer made the candid admission, revealing that she is always left ‘panicking’ before she leaves home.
On the mend: In a segment on Lorraine last month, Abbie stripped down to her swimwear and did a little dance as she showed off the true extent of her scars
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