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AJ Pritchard's girlfriend on being 'in shock' during accident

Abbie Quinnen, 24, has revealed how one of the hardest things after suffering third-degree burns was coming to terms with her own reflection. The girlfriend of former Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard detailed her emotional reaction to seeing herself for the first time, after being involved in a freak accident at home while filming a YouTube video.

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Abbie shared how she has suffered horrible abuse on Instagram since the incident, and admitted it had been especially difficult to take in after struggling to accept her changed appearance.

She said: “When I was in hospital, staff tried every day to persuade me to talk to a therapist, but I just didn't want to, I wasn't ready. 

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“Even looking at the reflection of my face in my phone screen was hideous.”

When eventually she spoke with a counsellor, they asked her to look into a mirror to help her accept what had happened to her. She continued: "I was hysterical."

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aj Pritchard girlfriend abbie quinnen burns accident counsellor mirror pictures news latest updateAbbie Quinnen has recalled how she burst into tears with her counsellor (Image: INSTAGRAM)

aj Pritchard girlfriend abbie quinnen burns accident counsellor mirror pictures news latest updateAbbie Quinnen detailed her emotional reaction to seeing herself for the first time, after being involved in a freak accident at home while filming a YouTube video (Image: INSTAGRAM)

Abbie has credited AJ with helping her recover, but did feel upset when he was going out to work on the Channel 4 soap opera, Hollyoaks.

She explained: "He was able to get on with his life whereas I was in bed struggling with the consequences.

"I wasn't thinking straight, I know he was trying to be strong for me.

"Then I caught AJ crying once and he was trying to say 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry'. I was shocked because he'd obviously been keeping it in for weeks,” she added while speaking to Victoria Derbyshire on The Jeremy Vine show.

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