AJ PRITCHARD and his brother Curtis have opened up concerning the psychological battle they’re struggling after they have been attacked in a nightclub.
Strictly Come Dancing skilled AJ, 24, was out at venue Nakatcha together with his 22-year-old sibling Curtis, who seems on the Irish model of Strictly, once they have been set upon by a gaggle of males of their hometown of Nantwich, Cheshire.
AJ Pritchard and his brother have been attacked at a nightclub of their hometown
Twinkle-toed AJ and Curtis have been crushed up by eight thugs within the center of the dancefloor on the membership.
And the brothers are each cautious of going out in public now after the brutally painful incident, which left Curtis needing surgical procedure on his knee.
Talking to radio host James O’Brien on station LBC, Curtis stated: “I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t be watching my back and a little bit scared of being out in a crowded place. I am going to be watching my back.”
Agreeing, AJ added: “I definitely won’t be putting myself in any nightclub scenarios any time soon.”
Curtis Pritchard has an injured knee as a end result of the attack
Curtis wants surgical procedure on his knee after the attack
When requested how he would really feel if his brother was unable to dance once more, an emotional AJ stated: “I do not even need to put that thought on the forefront of my mind as a result of we’re such a positive household and brothers.
“Every little thing occurs for a cause. Truthfully, I do consider whether or not dancing, performing, presenting, no matter it’s within the leisure enterprise, there’s all the time going to be a spot that we’re going to work collectively undoubtedly within the close to future.
“I know he will be fine because that’s the way our brains work. We always turn it into a positive.”
AJ Pritchard and his brother Curtis have informed The Solar that they’re fortunate to be alive after being viciously attacked at a nightclub.
The pair, who have been set upon by a gang of eight thugs, revealed Curtis, 23, now wants knee surgical procedure so as to save his dancing profession.
AJ Pritchard’s brother Curtis feared he had misplaced the sight in a single of his eyes however apprehensive extra over accidents to his legs, which might finish his dance profession
AJ, 24, stated his brother took the brunt of the beating to shield him.
Curtis added: “It could have been fatal.”
Strictly skilled AJ Pritchard says his brother acted as a human defend to save him as the thugs attacked them.
The BBC1 favorite, 24, stated 23-year-old Curtis was knocked unconscious as he risked his personal dance profession to shield him.
Curtis Pritchard bore the brunt of the attack after throwing himself in entrance of the thugs to shield AJ
AJ was badly bruised however Curtis suffered a suspected damaged nostril, blurred imaginative and prescient, a cut up lip and a knee damage which can want surgical procedure so he can dance once more.
In an unique joint interview with The Solar, AJ stated: “Curtis risked his personal dancing profession to save mine as he threw himself in entrance of the attackers in order that they couldn’t get to me. He was considering of each my dancing profession with my legs and my TV profession with my face.
“He tried to shield me and in doing so saved my life and my legs from hazard.
“I soon realised there were no winners in this scenario. I just wanted us both to come out alive. I care more about Curtis than I do about selfies and looking good.”
Strictly star AJ was additionally left bruised and swollen from the thugs punches
Curtis’s accidents might be life-changing and might finish his dance profession
The pair had been having fun with a household Christmas at their residence in Stoke-on-Trent, the place their mother and father Debi and Adrian run a dancing faculty.
However the festive break got here to a bloody finish once they went with buddies to Nakatcha, a membership in Nantwich, Cheshire.
AJ stated: “We’d been lots of times before and the staff there know us, so we felt it was a safe place for us to go.”
However the pair consider the eye AJ was receiving from feminine Strictly followers sparked the thugs’ jealous rage.
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Speaking solely to The Solar, Strictly’s AJ revealed Curtis risked his life and profession to save him from being battered additional
The brothers and a pair of their pals moved on to the dancefloor the place they have been set upon.
AJ, who completed fifth on this yr’s Strictly alongside superstar companion Lauren Steadman, stated: “We have been dancing as a gaggle and, out of the blue, Curtis was violently pushed from the aspect. All of it occurred so shortly. Instantly, we have been surrounded by about eight blokes.
“He caught his arms out to attempt and cease them and moved in entrance of me. However we have been punched and kicked from all angles. We had no time to defend ourselves, by the point we even put our palms up we have been being punched and kicked.
“It was like a scene out of a film, with all of the aggression and violence. Nothing like this had ever occurred to us earlier than.
Strictly’s AJ and his associate Lauren Steadman got here fifth on this yr’s Strictly competitors
“I couldn’t even take in the pain from the kicks and punching. I just knew we had to get away.”
Curtis added: “There have been about eight lads on two of us and we’re not fighters.
“We’re not there for a battle. We don’t need to trigger hassle.
“We have been simply minding our personal enterprise, then all of a sudden there was a load of lads round us. I simply felt a tough, violent push on my left aspect, as if somebody had lunged at me, and that’s when all of it kicked off.
Strictly skilled Gorka Marquez tweeted his help for AJ and Curtis after the attack
“I appeared up to see what was occurring and I noticed 4 lads go to seize AJ and I assumed, ‘I’ve obtained to get in between them and him to shield him’.
“So I put my arm over to push him backwards out the best way and intercepted them with my physique. That’s when individuals have been throughout us and began violently swinging and hitting at us. It was loopy.
“As a result of my arms have been down making an attempt to shield AJ and push him again, an enormous hook got here at my face and hit me in the correct eye and seconds later a second hook got here once more and hit me in the identical place on my proper eye.
“That’s when my legs turned to jelly and I went down and blacked out. It was terrifying. I didn’t know what was occurring.
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The membership the place the violent attack befell is a daily hang-out of the dancing duo and their mates
“Just as I was going down, another hook came and hit me in the eye again. After that I was getting kicked on the floor.”
As safety employees moved in, AJ was in a position to drag a limp and unconscious Curtis off the dancefloor and to security.
AJ stated: “He’d been badly punched and kicked within the face and physique and I knew I had to get him away so dragged his physique beneath my arm away from hazard.
“His shins were severely hit, his nose, lips and face were bloody. He looked a mess. His eye was closed up and his whole face looked swollen. My T-shirt was covered in his blood. I was terrified.”
Curtis stated he feared he had misplaced his sight in a single eye however was extra frightened concerning the accidents to his legs.
He says: “I keep in mind waking up and individuals have been saying, ‘Your face!’. I couldn’t even see via one eye however I used to be panicking, shouting, ‘My knee, my knee — I can’t stroll. I can’t put strain on it.’
“I knew it wasn’t good. I wasn’t even fascinated by my face, I used to be extra frightened about my leg. I used to be considering, ‘If my leg’s not working I can’t do the dancing that I’ve educated my whole life for’.
“People can still dance blind but they need their legs.”
The brothers say they weren’t asking for any hassle whereas on the night time out with pals in Cheshire
AJ stated the worst half of the ordeal was seeing his father cry after the 2 brothers have been rushed to hospital for remedy
Bouncers closed the membership whereas police and ambulances have been referred to as. The brothers have been taken to hospital for remedy.
AJ stated: “Once I seemed within the mirror I used to be shocked and upset.
“My entire face seemed swollen and bruised and there have been ring marks from the punching throughout my arms. It was terrible. I’m painfully bruised, particularly on my shins. They’re actually dangerous.
“I needed to ice all over my body and face to stop the swelling but Curtis got the brunt of it as he was protecting me.”
AJ Pritchard was partnered with Lauren Steadman on Strictly Come Dancing
Curtis danced with writer Norah Casey on the Irish present
YouTuber and Strictly finalist Joe Sugg additionally reached out to the brothers on Twitter, wishing them a speedy restoration
Curtis, who was nonetheless having hospital remedy yesterday, was badly concussed. He has pulled out of Dancing With The Stars in Eire. He stated: “I don’t know what I’ll do if I can’t dance once more.
“I just hope that operation can save me. Something can go wrong on the operating table. There’s a chance my dancing career is over.”
AJ added: “It’s been a vile and surprising expertise.
“Seeing my dad crying is the worst. This endless violence in the UK has to stop.”
Cheshire police say a 20-year-old man was arrested and launched underneath investigation.
Stars rally spherical and blast ‘low life’ thugs
MESSAGES of help for AJ and his brother Curtis flooded in from the Strictly “family”.
AJ’s 2018 dance associate, Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman, tweeted: “Hoping my dance partner will get his smile back soon @aj11ace wishing AJ and @curtispritchard12 speedy recoveries.”
Strictly’s head decide Shirley Ballas was involved about how harmful the streets had turn into. She stated: “My thoughts and prayers are with @Aj11Ace @CurtisPritchard the world has become a dangerous place.”
Professional dancer Karen Clifton was additionally shocked by the “extremely disturbing incident” and hoped these accountable are caught and punished.
It Takes Two host Zoe Ball confirmed help for the brothers
2018 finalist Joe Sugg was “saddened” whereas professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec was left fuming by the attack on “two lovely guys that mean no harm to anyone ever!” And he stated to the attackers: “Shall we dance?”
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Tour host and earlier winner Ore Oduba echoed Aljaz’s anger saying: “Hope they find the low lifes and put them away.”
Professional dancer Katya Jones questioned what had occurred to the season of goodwill, including: “It’s Christmas people! Where is humanity going?” Professional dancer Oti Mabuse was “so sad” whereas fellow professional Giovanni Pernice felt “disgusted”.
Former professional James Jordan was seething on the “idiots”, including: “Real tough guys! I hope Karma comes back to get you!” And It Takes Two host Zoe Ball referred to as the incident “brutal” and “heartbreaking”.
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