AJ Pritchard’s grandmother has tragically died while he continues to star in I’m a Celebrity – and he won’t find out until the show ends.
The dancer’s brother Curtis confirmed news of the 93-year-old’s passing in a heartbreaking Instagram post this morning.
Curtis described her as “one of the most inspirational women on the planet”.
Their grandfather has wished for the pair to continue on with their current projects despite the tragic news.
AJ is said to have told I’m a Celeb producers not to tell him of his grandmother’s death until his time at the Welsh castle has finished.
The final will air on STV this Friday, with AJ still in the running to be crowned King of the Castle.
Curtis explained on social media: “It is following our grandad’s wishes that myself and AJ are to carry on with the current projects we are committed to.
“Grandad said to myself and AJ that it would break his heart for us to stop what we were doing as Nanna had such pride in our work.
“AJ therefore discussed with the family before entering the castle that if something did happen to Nanna whilst he was away, that he wouldn’t want to be told until he left the castle and that in her honour he would complete his commitment to the show, with a view to doing her and the family proud.
“As Grandad and Nanna would have wished for, AJ will stay in the castle and continue making her proud wherever she is watching from.”
He added: “AJ has so much more to give to the show and we know that Nanna will be watching and guiding him throughout the final part of his journey on the programme.
“We know we have made the right decision for everyone involved.”
Heartbroken Curtis explained that only two of his family members were allowed to visit his grandmother in hospital due to coronavirus restrictions in England.
“Nanna words literally cannot describe how much I love you, and forever will love you and the memories of you. You really have been a massive part of my life and helped me to be the man I am today”, he added.