AJ Pritchard's gran has died – but he won't be told until leaving I'm A Celebrity

AJ Pritchard poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards in London, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

There will be sad news waiting for AJ Pritchard when he leaves the I'm A Celebrity camp – his grandma has died.

But when AJ's brother Curtis Pritchard shared the family's loss on Instagram, he revealed that former Strictly Come Dancing star AJ had asked not to be told if the worst happened until he left the show.

Ex-Love Island contestant Curtis posted a favourite photo of himself and his grandma together and wrote: "Life is beautiful, life is incredible, life is magical...But sadly it doesn't last forever. RIP, I love you Nanna."

In a long post about losing his grandma, Curtis explained why he wouldn't be sending a message to AJ in the camp about their loss.

He wrote: "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 Pritchard
See Gallery
AJ Pritchard
Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard pose for photographers during a photocall before the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2019 at the Arena Birmingham, in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday January 17, 2019. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
AJ Pritchard attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
Ore Odube, Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Lauren Steadman, Faye Tozer, Janette Manrara, Dianne Buswell, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk, Amy Dowden, Dr Ranj Singh, Joe Sugg, Graeme Swann, Aljaz Skorjanec, Pasha Kovalev, AJ Pritchard, Giovanni Pernice, Graziano Di Prima and Johannes Radebe attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
File photo dated 16/12/18 of AJ Pritchard who has told how his brother "saved his life" and risked his own dancing career by throwing himself in front of a pack of nightclub attackers.
AJ Pritchard and Lauren Steadman arriving at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018, Vox, Birmingham. Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
AJ Pritchard on the front row during the PRIVATE POLICY presented by GQ at London Fashion Week Men's AW19 show held at BFC Show Space, London.
Strictly Come Dancing stars Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard arrive at Blackpool Tower Ballroom for Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals.
Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard and Lauren Steadman (both at centre) meet members of the cast after watching Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London.
AJ Pritchard attending the Bohemian Rhapsody World Premiere held at The SSE Arena, London.
AJ Pritchard attend Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards Powered by Jaguar at the Roundhouse, Camden, London.
AJ Pritchard arriving at the World Premiere of King of Thieves, Vue West End, Leicester Square, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Anton Du Beke, Neil Jones, Johannes Radebe, Aljaz Skorjanec, Gorka Marquez, AJ Pritchard, Giovanni Pernice, Pasha Kovalev, Graziano Di Prima and Kevin Clifton arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
AJ Pritchard arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING SPELLING OF MOLLIE Strictly Come Dancing contestant Mollie King and her dance partner AJ Pritchard arriving at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, ahead of this weekend's show.
Chloe Hewitt and AJ Pritchard attending the Specsavers' Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards 2017 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
Chloe Hewitt and Aj Pritchard attend the opening night of Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Photo date: Thursday 12th January 2017. Photo credit should read: © DavidJensen/EMPICS Entertainment
Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard attending the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square, London.
Strictly Come Dancing couple Claudia Fragapane and partner AJ Pritchard rehearse in a dance studio in Bristol.
Strictly Come Dancing couple Claudia Fragapane and partner AJ Pritchard arrive at a dance studio in Bristol.
Oksana Platero, Gorka Marquez, Chloe Hewett, AJ Pritchard, Katya jones and Neil Jones at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

"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 went on: "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."

Curtis also said that like many families who have lost a loved one in 2020, they were extremely limited on how many people were able to say a final goodbye.

He wrote: "Covid has made this time even harder as only two family members had the chance to see Nanna and hold her hand as she passed away in hospital on Friday."

The dancer and reality TV star reminisced about his favourite memories of his grandmother, saying her efforts to make sure her family started off the day with a good breakfast had stayed with him and AJ throughout their lives.

In last night's episode of I'm A Celebrity, AJ was shown choosing two of his campmates to receive messages from loved ones at home during a trial.

He picked Sir Mo Farah and Jessica Plummer, who talked about how grateful they were to AJ.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

Read Full Story Click here to comment