Curtis Pritchard has revealed he feared he would be stabbed to death while protecting his brother from attackers last Christmas.
The Love Island star and his Strictly pro brother AJ were in a nightclub in Nantwich, Chesire on St. Stephens Day last year when they were brutally attacked by a group of thugs.
AJ was left badly bruised, but Curtis took the brunt of the beating, and was forced to have surgery on his knee as a result.
Curtis appeared on ITV’s Lorraine today to encourage others to donate blood, and spoke out about the terrifying attack.
“We’re lucky with what happened because it could have been a lot worse,” he said. “One of us could have been stabbed or anything. I don’t even want to think about it.
“But if that had happened, someone would have had to have given me blood in an emergency operation.”
“A lot of young men have more iron in their blood. Therefore we need more young men to give blood, because that’s what’s used in emergencies,” Curtis continued.
Love Island’s @CurtisPritchard reveals how the attack on himself and his brother @Aj11Ace has inspired him to support the #ITV2BloodSquad campaign by donating blood for the first time today. #Lorraine pic.twitter.com/RMaJg27fgj
— Lorraine (@lorraine) October 31, 2019
“I was lucky enough not to have been in that situation, but some people aren’t. It happens all the time. I want to get a younger generation donating blood.”
The attack forced Curtis to pull out of RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars last year, as he was unable to dance with his celebrity partner Holly Carpenter.
The 23-year-old has since left his post as a pro dancer on the show, and rumours are rife he could be set to join his brother on Strictly Come Dancing.
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