While AJ Pritchard wraps up his first week on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! his dancer girlfriend has claimed she was the target of an assassination attempt last Christmas.
Abbie Quinnen, 23, has told The Sun that a crazed fan of AJ’s advertised for a hitman on the dark web, offering £20,000 to have her killed while she was starring alongside the ex-Strictly pro in panto.
Abbie was also part of AJ’s dance tour AJ Live, claiming the hitman had also been given a list of dates and venues in order to hunt her down and murder her at one of the shows.
While she claims death threats started pouring in when she first struck up a romance with AJ, 26, 18 months ago, she branded this ‘the scariest thing that has ever happened’ to her.
‘I didn’t know what to do,’ she said. ‘I told AJ. He was like, “I can’t believe this is happening!”. My heart literally dropped and I remember my legs were shaking.
‘You honestly see this stuff on movies and you never would expect it to happen to you. We went to the police. My family were shocked too. I did play it down to them slightly as I didn’t want them to come running to where I was.’
According to Abbie, the police never found who this person was, but advised her and the venues she was performing at to be aware of the matter.
‘It was a crazy time, but I am very grateful we did put in that extra protection,’ she added.
Abbie claims a friend had told her this was going on, having accessed the dark web – a corner of the internet used by scammers, hackers, terrorists and illegal pornographers.
Abbie revealed that the friend learnt of the £20,000 bounty on her head and informed her while she was appearing in Peter Pan in Dunstable last Christmas.
MailOnline has approached AJ and Abbie’s reps for comment.
She claims it’s not unusual to be told to ‘die’ in comments on social media, made by obsessive fans of the ex-Strictly star.
Speaking to AJ and his brother Curtis on their podcast – recorded prior to AJ’s debut on I’m A Celeb – Abbie said: ‘I’ve had a few comments on my pictures where people write, “Die”, “I hate you”, and “Why are you still here?”
‘Honestly, it’s the worst thing as I actually do read them, which is bad as AJ tells me not to.
‘You can’t believe there is someone at the end of their phone or laptop writing that. It does get to me and this is the first time I am actually speaking about it.’
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