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Sunday 18th August 2019

Strictly's AJ Pritchard opens up about new romance: "I'm very happy"

Even his mum approves!

Forget his brother's love life, we're more excited by AJ Pritchard's new romance.

The Strictly Come Dancing star has opened up about his new girlfriend, fellow professional dancer Abbie Quinnen, admitting: "I’m very happy."

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The 24-year-old - whose brother Curtis is currently in the Love Island villa - was spotted last month on a date with the blonde dancer.

Speaking to OK! Magazine this week, AJ said: "I’m currently seeing another dancer [Abbie] but it’s very early days. I’m working constantly so I don’t get to see her too often, but I’m very happy."

The mag also got the inside info from AJ and Curtis' mum, Debi, who added: "She’s very nice. I would be disappointed if a nice young man like AJ didn’t have a lovely young lady somewhere in the wings."

Speaking to The Sun, a source added that: "AJ fell for Abbie the moment he saw her and they've been dating for a while now. It's very early days between them but their friends think they make a perfect pairing."

The pair have been working together on AJ's dance tour, Get On The Floor Live, and Abbie, 23, shared a plug for the show on her Instagram in February.

I’m currently seeing another dancer but it’s very early days.

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It'll come as a disappointment for those who were rooting for AJ to, er, re-couple with Curtis' Love Island ex, Amy Hart after he called her "beautiful" and she suggested recreating "Team Pritchard".

The dancing champ has previously been romantically linked to his Strictly partners, Paralympic champion Lauren Steadman, 26, and Saturdays singer Mollie King, 31.

Meanwhile, over on ITV2, Curtis, 23, has been getting close with Maura Higgins in the villa, and his family apparently approve. Although, they admit he could've handled things better with his ex, Amy.

Curtis' mum, dad and brother were interviewed (Credit: ITV)

During an interview on This Morning, AJ said: "For me, I think, Curtis is Curtis. He is so honest, sometimes a little bit too brutally honest the way he let [Amy] down.

"But the thing is, he was on holiday getting sunburned, eating too much and everything is done for him so there was that holiday romance.

AJ defended his brother's choices (Credit: ITV)

"Then when he went into Casa Amor, it gave him the chance to act relaxed, give himself a bit more time to think and the opportunity actually was maybe, 'I'm not feeling the same amount of love for Amy that maybe Amy was'. But he could've let her down a bit softer."

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