Saffron Barker, 19, and AJ Pritchard, 24, have been sparking speculation about whether they could be more than friends due to their chemistry on the Strictly dance floor, despite him having a girlfriend. Head judge Shirley Ballas, 59, previously revealed she had spotted “chemistry” between the duo during the show’s launch. She said in reference to the couples on the series: “I think they’re absolutely magical pairings. "Saffron and AJ… she’s got boundless energy and she’s adorable.
“I think they already had a little chemistry so I thought that was great.”
In light of the rumours, Saffron explained to this week's OK! Magazine she “expected” that kind of reaction.
When quizzed on whether she finds the speculation irritating, the YouTuber said: “It’s not really for us and I think it’s just expected.
“We’re both young and it happens every single year, so it doesn’t really bother either of us.”
The Strictly hopeful also opened up about how AJ’s girlfriend Abbie Quinnen feels about the rumours.
Saffron insisted: “She’s cool with it and she comes down to the show and watches.”
Saffron Barker speaks out after being romantically linked to AJ Pritchard (Image: BBC • GETTY)
Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard have chemistry on the dance floor (Image: INSTAGRAM•AJPRITCHARD)
Gushing about AJ’s other half, who is also a