Abbie Quinnen has paid loving tribute to boyfriend AJ Pritchard and vowed his support as she recovers from second and third degree burns.
The 25-year-old dancer needed three skin grafts after a YouTube video she was filming with her boyfriend, 27, went horribly wrong and saw a wine bottle explode, setting her hair and clothes on fire on January 19, 2021.
In an exclusive chat with MailOnline, she said: “I cannot thank those at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital enough. AJ has been with me on every single appointment, he’s always there and holding my hand…he’s honestly the best.
“I haven’t seen him for a while though, I should see him tonight. He was off filming something exciting, it’s top secret so I can’t tell you.’
Nearly two years after her injury, Abbie said she still receives regular treatment.
She said: “I’m so much better, I can’t thank the NHS enough for what they’ve done for me. I still go for lasers and microneedling every six weeks.
“It was supposed to be on Monday but it’s now Friday for the Queen’s funeral as it’s in Chelsea so all roads are closed for the day.
It comes after Abbie openly revealed that AJ would “cry hysterically with guilt” after her fireball accident.
She told The Sun: “There were times I would see AJ crying hysterically from guilt and helplessness and that would really upset me!
Abbie and AJ started dating in 2018 after meeting when she was a dancer on his tour.
She continued, “It definitely affected our relationship, but I’m mostly thinking for the better as it showed me how much he cared for me and loved me.
The duo were trying to turn a wine bottle into a vase when the accident happened.
Abbie previously detailed fearing for her life when the fire broke out, while AJ spoke about how “seconds felt like a lifetime” as he tried to quell the flames that were consuming his partner.
She explained to Lorraine that during her recovery she feared she “would never look the same again” and would not be able to return to her dream job of performing.
He said of her recovery: “It’s incredible that the hospital, the surgeons and the nurses have helped so much. The skin is incredible [in how it recovers], while Abbie added: “I’m a lot better than before, that’s for sure. My face is almost healed now.’
Abbie said: “I think when it happened I only thought about the worst, my face will never look the same again, I will always have scars on my body…
“I’ll never be able to dance or perform and do what I love to do, so I thought straight away, that’s it for me. Luckily my face is healing really well.”
Abbie completed the London Half Marathon in 2021 and continues to raise funds for fire victims.