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AJ Pritchard thrills fans with smiley picture for New Year

He's been through such an ordeal

AJ Pritchard has been through the worst few days of his life after being viciously attacked on a night out with his brother during the festive period.

But he is clearly focusing n the positive as we start a new year.

The Strictly pro favourite shared a gorgeous picture of him cuddling a baby, with an inspiring caption.

“Happy 😃 2019… Life begins with, A Pure Innocence. Belle 🌹,” he wrote.

On New Year’s Eve he shared a post dedicated to his younger brother Curtis, who protected him during the unprovoked attack last week.

He also took the opportunity to thanks his fans for their support.

The siblings were enjoying a night out in Nantwich, Cheshire on Boxing Day, when they were seemingly set upon by the gang of eight.

🥂🎄🎁… In the Christmas Spirit

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One witness told The Sun: “The brothers were having a relaxed evening with friends and AJ was posing for selfies with a few fans.

“But the eight lads took a disliking to the brothers and pushed Curtis hard. Then they started punching them, like they were possessed.”

The Strictly pro was left with bruises all over his face and body.

AJ was left bruised (Credit: AJP Instagram)

Read more: AJ’s brother ‘saved his life’ in attack

AJ’s younger brother Curtis, 23, also a pro dancer , required surgery on his knee after the assault, and quit his job on Irish show Dancing With The Stars.

Curtis and AJ with their grandparents (Credit AJP Instagram)

A spokesman for the brothers said after the attack: “AJ and Curtis were assaulted in an unprovoked attack.

“Curtis is to undergo an emergency operation to correct damage to his knee. AJ received bruising to his face, arms, body and legs.”

AJ appeared on this year’s Strictly with Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman.

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard were eliminated from Strictly (Credit: BBC)
Lauren Steadman partnered AJ on Strictly last year (Credit: BBC)

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