Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard refuses to label sexuality as fans guess at behind scenes romance

AJ Pritchard has said he refuses to define his sexuality saying ‘I just live my life.’

He said: "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," he told The Sun.

The 24-year-old ballroom star also revealed that he regularly receives attention from both men and women.

"The support from the gay community is always fantastic.

“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.

Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard refuses to label sexuality as fans guess at behind scenes romance

AJ and Lauren have been wowing fans on Strictly 2018
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“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 quipped.

AJ has won a legion of fans since becoming a familiar face on Strictly, with the star posting regular snaps of his buff bod on social media – to the delight of his thousands of followers.

Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard refuses to label sexuality as fans guess at behind scenes romance

AJ likes to post pics of his buff bod to social media
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"The hours have gone into my bum so I’m going to take that appreciation," joked AJ.

AJ also revealed there’s a competition between the Strictly male professionals over who has the best six pack – with Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez giving him some serious competition.

Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard refuses to label sexuality as fans guess at behind scenes romance

Gorka could rival AJ in the shredded six pack stakes
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This year AJ has made it all the way to the quarter-finals dancing with athlete Lauren Steadman with many fans wondering if the amazing chemistry between them was more than just friendship.

AJ previously admitted to the Mirror that they had grown close over the series and he hopes they’ll continue to speak after the show.

He said: "I am very protective of Lauren because we have worked so close together.

Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard refuses to label sexuality as fans guess at behind scenes romance

AJ said he’s very protective of Lauren
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“There are different things that she will talk about in training that she would never talk about on camera.

“It’s for that reason that we have grown so close together and we will be friends for life and who knows in the future….

“You never know what is going to happen.”

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AJ and Mollie danced together in 2017
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It’s not the first time AJ has been romantically linked to a dancing partner.

In 2017 viewers thought they noticed chemistry between the dancer and his co-star Mollie King.

Though after months of non-stop speculation, the pair continued to deny rumours they were dating.