AJ Pritchard’s heartbreaking ‘trauma’ over vicious attack where Curtis ‘saved his life’

Curtis Pritchard took the blows for his brother AJ when a group of thugs attacked them
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Curtis was knocked unconscious and suffered a suspected broken nose, blurred vision, a split lip and knee injury that threatened to derail his dance career, all with the admirable aim of saving his brother's.

“Curtis risked his own dancing career to save mine as he threw himself in front of the attackers so they couldn’t get to me. He was thinking of both my dancing career with my legs and my TV career with my face. “He tried to protect me and in doing so saved my life and my legs from danger," AJ told The Sun at the time.

The brothers were staying back at home in Stoke-On-Trent before the attack, and thought Nakatcha would be 'safe' given how many times they'd been there before.

The brothers were partying at Nakatcha nightclub in Nantwich
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But AJ caught the eye of a few ladies – which they believe was a catalyst for the brutal beating.

Describing how Curtis suddenly felt a 'hard, violent push', he bravely pushed his brother out of the way and stepped into his place.

“I looked up to see what was happening and I saw four lads go to grab AJ and I thought, ‘I’ve got to get in between them and him to protect him,'" Curtis said.

But with his hands busy protecting AJ, his face was left uncovered as the blows rained down.

Describing it as 'like a scene from a movie', Curtis blacked out and collapsed on the floor, where the the thugs continued to kick him.

AJ credited his brother with 'saving his life'
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One clubber who witnessed the incident said: “The eight lads took a disliking to the brothers and pushed Curtis hard. Then they started punching them, like they were possessed.

“Curtis had fallen to his knees and was being punched in the face and body. They were also punching AJ in his face, in his ribs and legs. It was like a scene from a wild west film with the bouncers fighting this group.”

Security staff swooped in, giving AJ chance to pull his unconscious brother to safety. And it was only then that he realised the horrifying extent of his sibling's injuries.

“His shins were severely hit, his nose, lips and face were bloody. He looked a mess. His eye was closed up and his whole face looked swollen. My T-shirt was covered in his blood. I was terrified," AJ said.

The club was immediately closed and the brothers were taken to hospital, where Curtis underwent emergency surgery to save his knee.

AJ said Curtis selflessly put his own career on the line to protect his
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A 21 year old man was arrested and charged with assault but in October 2019, the case was 'discontinued' due to insufficient evidence.

The news came as a bitter blow to AJ, who a friend said was still suffering from 'flashbacks'

And in the days after the attack, pals told the Sunday Mirror he was too afraid to go out.

“AJ is beside himself with worry and anxiety. He is so traumatised by what happened he doesn’t want to leave the house," the source said.

“He has told friends he doesn’t understand why this has happened to him. He has never been targeted before and this has come out of the blue.”

AJ opened up about the impact on his mental health in January 2019, admitting he was still fearful of crowds and nightclubs.

“I definitely won't be putting myself in any nightclub scenarios any time soon," he told LBC.

"There are going to be different people [on tour], maybe fans or not fans, it's going to make me feel not anxious but slightly on edge.

"It makes me nervous to put myself in that situation in the near future because it's a very scary scenario."

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George Best’s book containing girlfriends’ names and numbers sold at auction for £1.5k

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Football legend George Best was as famous for being a playboy as he was for being a player – dating a string of glamorous women from actresses to Miss Worlds.

His profile, charm and looks that saw him dubbed the Fifth Beatle, were a seemingly irresistible combination.

Now the little black book where Best kept names and numbers of numerous lovers has sold at auction for £1,500.

The Manchester United star was married twice, first to former playboy bunny Angie, who he met while winding down his career in the US in the 1970s.

He was boozing heavily and reportedly slept with Angie’s best pal, but the couple had son Calum before parting in 1981.

George pictured with wife Alex in 2001
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Despite this Angie once said: “Even when I divorced George, I had no ill will.”

Second wife Alex was with him from 1995 until 2004. Before that he was engaged to Eva Haraldsted, three weeks after meeting her. And in the mid-1970s he had a brief encounter with Texan Miss World Marjorie Wallace.

Best said later: “She wanted me because I was George Best and I wanted her because she was Miss World. It wasn’t exactly a meeting of minds."

George Best pictured in 1974 with Miss World Marjorie Wallace
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George Best pictured with girlfriend Angela Macdonald in 1976
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He had flings with Barbara Windsor, Straw Dogs actress Susan George and Brit singer Lynsey de Paul, among countless others, and was unapologetic for devoting as much energy to having a good time as he did to football.

“If you’d given me the choice of beating four men and smashing a goal in from 30 yards against Liverpool or going to bed with Miss World,” he once said.

"It would have been a difficult choice. Luckily, I had both.”

George Best's little black book of contacts including names and numbers of all his girlfriends has sold at auction
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The football star pictured with girlfriend Susan George in 1969
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Best died aged 59 in 2005.

Stacey’s Auctioneers in Basildon, Essex, said the book held “all his main contacts including, girlfriends” while a note inside reads: “With love, from George”.

But Dave Alexander, from memorabilia specialist Football Wanted, which arranged the sale, could not confirm any of the names listed.

George pictured with girlfriend Heidi Stillians in 1977
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He said: “We couldn’t bring the items to Essex because of lockdown, so I can’t tell you any juicy stories. But I would have loved to have had a look at it!”

The shirt Best wore on his international debut for Norther Ireland was also sold, fetching £13,000.

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Ryan Seacrest FAILS to compliment his ex Julianne Hough’s performance

Ryan Seacrest failed to gush over the performance from his ex-girlfriend Julianne Hough on Monday night.

As host of the Disney Holiday Singalong, it was the job of the American Idol veteran to introduce the clips then follow up later.

And after the 32-year-old beauty danced around her home, he looked stone faced and offered no props. Earlier, he gave compliments to her brother Derek’s dance.

No props for my ex: Ryan Seacrest failed to gush over the performance from his ex-girlfriend Julianne Hough on Monday night. As host of the Disney Holiday Singalong, it was the job of the American Idol veteran to introduce the clips then follow up later

Ryan wore a green and white Mickey Mouse sweater as he sat in a living room setting for the fun, all-star ABC special.

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Up first was Michael Buble and his wife and kids as he sang It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.

Later in the show, Derek from Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance fame did an incredible set with real life girlfriend Hayley Erbert.

His ex: When it came time for Julianne to dance, Ryan gave an introduction but did not mention they had a past

Dancing queen: Hough gave it her all as she danced around her home, even making several wardrobe changes

They danced on a stage to Jingle Bells and their moves were very impressive.

After his dance, Ryan said that Julianne has a tough act to follow because her brother Derek was so dazzling.

When it came time for Julianne to dance, Ryan gave an introduction but did not mention they had a past.

Hough gave it her all as she danced around her home, even making several wardrobe changes.

Her songs were Whistle While You Work and Let It Snow. 

Whistle While You Work was her song: The siren is seen here in ruby red silk pajamas

She sure was game: At one point the Utah native was seen inside her fireplace

When her clip ended, Ryan was seen in his wingback leather chair looking a bit stone faced as he did not comment on her wonderful work. He only introduced the next clip.

Also on the show was Pink, who sung The Christmas Song with her daughter Willow, and Ciara, who featured two of her children while belting out Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.

This comes after Julianne said she felt she ‘didn’t deserve’ the lifestyle she led with Seacrest.

He liked these two: Julianne’s brother Derek did an incredible set with real life girlfriend Hayley Erbert. After his dance, Ryan said that Julianne has a tough act to follow because Derek was so dazzling

The dancer was in a relationship with the presenter for three years until 2013.

She recalled how he showed her the high life which included private jets and fancy yachts.

The Dancing With The Stars veteran also stated that she vowed to work hard to ‘create’ the lavish way of living she had experienced when she was dating the 45-year-old American Idol star.

Looking back: Julianne reflected on her past relationship with Ryan on an Instagram Live discussion; the pair is seen at the Safe Haven premiere in 2013

The VIP life: The duo on a jet ski outside the yacht they stayed on in Saint Barths in 2012

Speaking with influencer Valeria Lipovetsky on Instagram Live, she said, ‘I was on private planes and yachts and living in a very, very well-off house and my life was pretty different from where I grew up.’ She was raised in Utah with brother Derek Hough, also a DWTS vet. 

But then the glam faded when they split. ‘It was 2013 and I had just gotten out of a relationship that was very high profile,’ the star said never mentioning Ryan’s name.

She added that she left the relationship because ‘I wanted to create that for myself because I kind of felt like I didn’t deserve it. Like, I didn’t earn that, so now I need to go and create that for myself.’ 

The Footloose actress admitted she lost her sense of self at the time. 

‘During that year of my life…I just kind of went off and I did things different than I had done before,’ said Hough.

Julianne explained that, during the relationship, she found herself steering away from ‘living in a state of perfection and image and doing everything the right way.’ 

She added: ‘I kind of just was like…I’m just going to do things where I’m not going to necessarily overthink them to make sure that I’m doing everything perfect and right.

‘And that year, I kind of got a little lost…I was like, “I’m 24 and I don’t really know who Julianne is.”‘

Julianne went on to marry Brooks Laich in 2017 but they split earlier this year and she recently filed for divorce. 

Although the two tried to work on their marriage, they ultimately felt as though they had too many differences to make a romance work between them. 

The good life indeed: In 2010 having a romantic meal of fresh grilled lobster on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The former couple remained close after splitting in May because of their mutual friends and shared business deals, but have now officially decided they’re better off as friends.

The Rock Of Ages actress and her estranged spouse announced their separation in a joint statement earlier this year, after they had spent months self-isolating separately amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Brooks in Idaho and Julianne at home in Los Angeles. 

Their statement read: ‘We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate. We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward.’

The former pair: Brooks and Hough announced their separation earlier this year and recently filed for divorce; the former pair is seen in 2019

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