Strictly’s AJ Pritchard shuts down Saffron Barker romance rumours and says girlfriend Abbie has brought him ‘balance’ – The Sun

STRICTLY Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard has shut down Saffron Barker romance rumours as he gushed about girlfriend Abbie Quinnen.

The 24-year-old pro is currently partnered up with the YouTuber, 19, and despite saying it’s his “favourite” year on the show , he credits Abbie for bringing “balance to his life”.

Posing with fellow dancer Abbie in a new loved up shoot, he told OK! Magazine: "Everyone wants to know about my relationship status, but I'm very happy with Abbie.

"It gives me a different outlook on life as I’ve always worked hard, but now I also have a personal life, too.

"Abbie’s brought balance to my life."

He went on to say he doesn’t mind being asked about his relationship with Saffron because he knows how he is and so does his girlfriend.

Abbie showed just how relaxed she is about the whole thing by saying she hopes they stay friends after the show.

She said: "As I’m a dancer, too, I understand that things can look a bit dodgy – I have to dance with guys all the time as well."

AJ and Abbie went public with their romance in July of this year.

Saffron has also insisted they are just friends, saying: "I'd never steal someone's boyfriend."

She told The Sun On Sunday: "I'm enjoying time with AJ. We've become close. We've got the same humour. Today we were having a pretend wrestling match on the floor but there is nothing romantic.

“The fact AJ has a girlfriend is the worst thing about the rumours because I wouldn't want her to feel uncomfortable. But she doesn't, she comes to watch us – she's a dancer, so it doesn't upset her to see us dancing. She knew rumours would happen."

This week the pair  surged to the top of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard after earning a standing ovation.

The pair offered a rousing finale to Saturday’s show with a near-perfect foxtrot – and will be dancing again next week.

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