We’re still in shock over the terrible attack on AJ Pritchard and his brother on Boxing Day.
And now the Strictly Come Dancing star’s dad has broken his silence to confirm his two boys are “coping well.”
Speaking to local news outlet, Stoke On Trent Live, Adrian Pritchard confirmed both AJ, 24, and Curtis, 23, are “coping well with everything under the circumstances”.
The brothers were attacked by a gang of men at around 2am on December 27 during a night out in Nantwich, Cheshire.
They were kicked and punched in the face according to witnesses who 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, while Curtis, who is also a dancer, needs surgery.
A spokesman for the brothers said: “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.”
The singers friends and colleagues have rushed to offer their support after the awful incident.
Professional dancers from the BBC show, Katya and Neil Jones, Aljaz Skorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Dianne Buswell were among the stars to offer support to their friend AJ, 24, and his 23-year-old brother, who works on the Irish version of Strictly called Dancing With The Stars.
Katya tweeted: “I can’t believe what happen to @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard. Sending lots of love your way. It’s Christmas people! Where is humanity going? #disappointed.”
Her husband Neil Jones added: “Disgusting what happened to @Aj11Ace and his brother @CurtisPritchard and I hope they catch everyone involved.”
— katya Jones (@Mrs_katjones) December 29, 2018
Aljaz tweeted: “So upset by the news about @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard!! Two lovely guys that mean no harm to anyone ever!! I can not believe it. To the thugs that did that.. shall we dance???? #fuming.”
Giovanni added: “Wtf is wrong with this people ????? Guys I’m so sorry @CurtisPritchard @Aj11Ace I’m with you all the way !! Disgusting !!!! 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡.”
Dianne said: “So sad to hear about @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard hope you boys are ok xxxxxx.”
We’re sending all our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery. This is all so shocking.
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