AJ Pritchard's girlfriend Abbie Quinnen must avoid sunlight for two years and ...

AJ Pritchard's girlfriend Abbie Quinnen has been told to avoid sunlight for two years after suffering third degree burns during a freak accident earlier this year.

The dancer, 23, was left in agony when a social media hack went horribly wrong and saw a wine bottle explode and set fire to her hair and clothing. 

And in a new interview, Abbie has detailed that as part of her recovery, she now has to avoid the sun and has completely updated her wardrobe with high-neck tops and hats in order not to expose her skin too much.

Precautions: AJ Pritchard's girlfriend Abbie Quinnen has been told to avoid sunlight for two years after suffering third degree burns during a freak accident earlier this year

Precautions: AJ Pritchard's girlfriend Abbie Quinnen has been told to avoid sunlight for two years after suffering third degree burns during a freak accident earlier this year

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Abbie was rushed to hospital and had to undergo three skin grafts after her and AJ's trick went wrong - which involved them dipping a rope into flammable liquid and wrapping it around a wine bottle before setting it alight in a bid to make a vase. 

Detailing the changes she now has to make, Abbie told The Sun: 'Since I was little, people used to always say what a pretty girl I was. As a dancer, so much is about how you look, and so for my face and body to be so badly burnt, that was really hard to deal with.

'My wardrobe was full of crop tops, little vests, and bikinis, and now I have to wear a compression vest for two more years. I can't expose my skin to the sun.'

She continued: 'The laser treatment to reduce redness is painful and it makes your skin go black for a few days before it starts to take effect. So I have to think about dressing differently, buying lots of roll-neck tops.'

Cover up: Abbie has detailed that as part of her recovery she now has to avoid the sun and has completely updated her wardrobe with high-neck tops and hats in order not to expose her skin too much

Cover up: Abbie has detailed that as part of her recovery she now has to avoid the sun and has completely updated her wardrobe with high-neck tops and hats in order not to expose her skin too much 

The told how her helpful former Strictly star beau, 26, bought her a bucket hat to protect herself from the sun, but the sweet gesture left her in tears.

Detailing how she has to adapt to a new way of dressing, Abbie explained that she can no longer dress to 'show off my figure', adding that she uses an extensive amount of make-up to conceal 'cover the redness over my face' and can't leave the house with 'high-factor sun cream' in her foundation. 

Dancer AJ has been by Abbie's side throughout her ordeal and has been helping her in any way he can with her recovery.

The performer explained that her boyfriend has been cooking up high protein 'Nando's chicken' meals with plenty of halloumi, which she eats three times a week.

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Shocking: The dancer, 23, was left in agony when a social media hack went horribly wrong and saw a wine bottle explode and set fire to her hair and clothing

Shocking: The dancer, 23, was left in agony when a social media hack went horribly wrong and saw a wine bottle explode and set fire to her hair and clothing

Changes: 'My wardrobe was full of crop tops, little vests, dresses and bikinis, and now I have to wear a compression vest for two more years. I can't expose my skin to the sun'

Changes: 'My wardrobe was full of crop tops, little vests, and bikinis, and now I have to wear a compression vest for two more years. I can't expose my skin to the sun'

While she must drink plenty of water 'all the time' as her burnt skin is 'completely dehydrated'. 

Abbie went on to praise the quick-thinking actions of AJ and his brother Curtis, 25, who sprung into action amid the accident as they drove her to A&E in their car after realising an ambulance would take too long due to being overstretched in the pandemic. 

She added that the Pritchard family have been 'amazing' and have done 'everything they can' to assist her and her partner. 

Earlier this month, Abbie shared a photo of her face on social media for the first time since her horrific fire accident in January as she enjoyed a trip to Bockett's Farm Park in the North Downs with AJ. 

Update: 'The laser treatment to reduce redness is painful and it makes your skin go black for a few days before it starts to take effect. So I have to think about dressing differently, buying lots of roll-neck tops'

Update: 'The laser treatment to reduce redness is painful and it makes your skin go black for a few days before it starts to take effect. So I have to think about dressing differently, buying lots of roll-neck tops'

Abbie previously revealed the extent of the second-degree burns on her face she suffered after the horrific fire accident.

The dancer shared pictures taken before her surgeries to highlight the burns which covered much of the right side of her face.

In an emotional interview, Abbie also revealed that she asked AJ if he 'would still love her' following the terrifying accident.

She candidly recalled her first thoughts after the terrifying incident, revealing she was 'shaking in horror' and saw her 'life flash before her eyes.'

A new life: Abbie explained that she can no longer dress to 'show off my figure', adding that she uses an extensive amount of make-up to conceal 'cover the redness over my face'

A new life: Abbie explained that she can no longer dress to 'show off my figure', adding that she uses an extensive amount of make-up to conceal 'cover the redness over my face'

Abbie also said that it only took seconds for her body to set alight and while she was rolling around in terror, AJ used wet towels to try and put out the flames.

She told The Sun: 'The first thing I said to AJ was, "Is my face going to be OK? Are you still going to love me?" I kept repeating this to him and I was shaking

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