Abbie Quinnen candidly admits she tried to push boyfriend AJ Pritchard away as she dealt with trauma of third degree burns

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Abbie Quinnen has candidly admitted she tried to push her boyfriend AJ Pritchard away after a horrific accident left her with third degree burns.

Dancer Abbie, 24, recently revealed she needs to stay out of the sun and wear a compression verst for two years after the terrifying accident, which happened earlier this year.

Abbie sustained her injuries after a video hack she and her former Strictly Come Dancing boyfriend AJ, 26, were filming went wrong.

AJ and his Love Island brother Curtis Pritchard rushed Abbie to the hospital and I’m A Celeb star AJ has been tentatively caring for Abbie ever since.

But, Abbie admits that soon after the accident she tried to push her boyfriend away.

Speaking Fabulous Magazine, Abbie recalled: “I did everything to push him away from me. I felt so traumatised, I hit out at the person who loved me the most.

“He was by my side from the moment I came out of hospital, cooking for me, rubbing creams and moisturisers into my scars four times a day, and telling me I was beautiful, not letting me lift a finger. He was keeping so calm and upbeat for me, but I was an emotional mess and I wanted him to be as devastated as I was.”

Abbie sustained third degree burns to her face, neck and upper body and said her whole world fell apart and even suffered flashbacks to the horrific moment, where she said she thought she was “going to die”.


Five days after the accident, Abbie looked in the mirror, following the advice of a trauma therapist, but she said she couldn’t stop crying for hours after. She revealed: “I didn’t even recognise myself.

“All I could see were burns all over my face. I didn’t know if they would heal, I just didn’t want to look at myself or let anyone else see me.

“It was during lockdown, but the doctors decided I needed to have one visit. AJ came in to see me, but I refused to allow him into the room. I couldn’t bear for him to see me. I also told him I wasn’t coming home; I was going to move back in to my mum’s. I just wanted to hide from the world – from everyone.”

Dancer AJ then persuaded her to go back to with him when she was discharged after a week of in-patient treatment from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

It was then when AJ came to pick her up that he saw Abbie for the first time after the accident.

Looking back at her return home, Abbie said: “I spent all my time crying.

“If he needed to go to work, I’d cry more, trying to guilt-trip him into staying home with me. I suppose I was just testing him all the time, and he just kept being really sweet and trying to help me.

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“I remember that a few days after I’d been home, I started arguing with him. I kept asking him why wasn’t he more upset by what had happened. He went downstairs and after five minutes I followed him. He was standing in a room, making these awful animal crying noises, absolutely broken.

“He could barely speak. All he kept saying was, ‘I feel so guilty. It should have been me, not you.’ He feels so guilty because we only tried that YouTube trick for his Instagram and I was the one that got hurt, and that was tearing him up inside.

“I realised he’d been hiding his emotions from me because he was trying to keep it together to be strong for me. We both just cried and cried, and hugged each other, and we knew then that things would never be the same for us.”

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