AJ Pritchard’s girlfriend confronts Strictly curse rumours with Saffron Barker ‘Not nice’

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Abbie Quinnen, 23, who is in a relationship with former Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard, has addressed the romantic rumours between her beau and YouTuber Saffron Barker. The BBC favourite started dating Abbie in May 2019.

It was still not nice to hear.

Abbie Quinnen

Fans speculated that something was going on romantically between AJ and Saffron during their time on the BBC competition in 2019, however they were just good friends.

The so-called Strictly curse refers to couples who have formed or split after one or both of them have taken part in the BBC competition.

Despite the ongoing chat, AJ and Abbie have been very happy together for more than a year.

The Strictly favourites shut down the remarks in various interviews during his final season.

Abbie, who is a dancer herself, has now spoken out about how she felt hearing about it at the time.

In a new interview, she divulged it was “strange” when asked about adjusting to his fame: “Particularly during the last series of Strictly as lots of people were romanticising the idea of Saffron and AJ as a couple or saying how cute it would be for them to get together.

“Saffron was lovely, and I felt comfortable in our relationship, but it was still not nice to hear.”

During their chat with this week’s OK! Magazine, AJ chipped in and said: “I always tell Abbie not to listen to any negative comments.”

“I do take to heart, but I try to ignore it now,” she replied.

AJ went on to reveal why it is “great” that people slide into Abbie’s DMs on social media.

He was asked how he deals with the messages: “I’m the worst because I don’t read my messages. I don’t know how to see them!

“I prefer to watch a funny video than read people’s messages.”

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He explained: “But Abbie gets them all! She’s got lists of private messages. I think it’s great though.

“I’ve obviously got a hot girlfriend. If you didn’t get any DMs, I’d be worried, Abbie!”

After the loved-up pair lived together through lockdown with AJ’s family, they are now “unofficially” living together in the dancer’s London flat.

Ahead of their one-year anniversary in April, AJ opened up about their relationship to the Daily Mail.

“It’s crazy as it’s our one year anniversary coming up,” he discussed.

“We get on so well because we both work just as hard as each other. She’s actually annoying because she can literally do everything.”

AJ then revealed Abbie helped himself and Saffron with some of their dance routines while on the show last year.

“Even when I was on Strictly last, she helped with the routines I had to choreograph for me and Saffron [Barker].”

Saffron and AJ departed the competition in the tenth week after dancing the Samba together for the last time.

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