Strictly Come Dancing pro AJ Pritchard opens up about his sexuality

Strictly Come Dancing AJ Pritchard - Professional Dancers

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer AJ Pritchard has opened up about his sexuality.

The pro performer has said he's single - but doesn't want to define what he's looking for in a partner.

AJ, who was previously linked to former celebrity partner Mollie King, explained this week: “I don’t think I should have to define it.

“From the age of 12 when I decided to dance in high school, everyone was saying, ‘Oh, you’re a dancer’, and there was that kind of stigma about it.

“But I try not to think about it. I just live my life — but the support from the gay community is always fantastic."

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, AJ added: “It’s really great because they are always the best people to always be around. I love being around gay people, going to gay clubs.

“Obviously in this industry there happens to be more gay people, so it just seems to work perfectly — and it helps with the sales for the calendar.”

He went on to tell the tabloid he had been using dating apps including Tinder but wasn't currently seeing anyone.

“If I fell in love and found someone and we went on a couple of dates, I would go for it. I never try to look for love but sometimes it finds me," he said.

And AJ laughed off the 'Strictly curse', quipping: “It’s not a curse if you’re single, is it?”

Meanwhile, AJ's celebrity partner Lauren Steadman has thanked the pro dancer for helping her gain self-confidence.

“I have been self-conscious my whole life with my arm," said Lauren. “As a child I was always the one that stood out. But, credit to AJ for this, he has made me face a fear and be really, really proud of myself and my body.

“In all photos he’ll make me stand so that my arm is on show, and be proud of myself.

“We’ll do moves and he’ll be like, ‘No, you can be sexy’, and he’s helped me fall in love with myself for the first time. I think people at home have thought, ‘She’s always been confident’. It’s been a learning curve."

Strictly Come Dancing airs this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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