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AJ Pritchard insists he'd 'never say never' and refuses to label himself when it comes to his sexuality

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AJ Pritchard has again addressed questions about his sexual preferences - by insisting he doesn't like labeling himself.

Speaking to next month's issue of Gay Times, the dancer, 24, reiterated what he has said in past interviews - that his sexuality 'doesn’t need to be a thing'.

He told the publication (for which he is March's cover star): 'For me, it has always been about being happy in that time. You never know how times will change in where you are in your life.

a person posing for the camera: No labels here: AJ Pritchard has again addressed questions about his sexual preferences - by insisting he doesn't like labeling himself © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited No labels here: AJ Pritchard has again addressed questions about his sexual preferences - by insisting he doesn't like labeling himself

'But it is always about being happy and being true to yourself. Like always following your heart – obviously listen to your brain – but really just at that time in your life.'

While the pro dancer was referring more to being 'labeled', the hot topic of many an interview is whether he is attracted to women or men.

'I think that it is mad that everything always has to have a label – whether it be the clothes by designers, or whether you are in a relationship or not. Everybody always wants to have that label when it is not always necessary,' he added.

a person posing for the camera: Poster boy: Speaking to next month's issue of Gay Times , the dancer, 24, reiterated what he has said in past interviews - that his sexuality 'doesn’t need to be a thing' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Poster boy: Speaking to next month's issue of Gay Times , the dancer, 24, reiterated what he has said in past interviews - that his sexuality 'doesn’t need to be a thing'

'What’s wrong with talking about it as something simple? I think in the past it has always been like, "We’re going to talk about this now". Well just talk about it normally – you don’t need to make it about "a this" or "a that".'

While still rather vague, AJ's frustrations appeared to come across during his appearance on Tuesday's This Morning, where presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford tried to get the scoop on his reported kiss with Caroline Flack at January's National Television Awards.

AJ insisted that he was merely leaning in to hear what Caroline was saying, in snaps that appeared to suggest otherwise.

a man looking at the camera: No! AJ's frustrations appeared to come across during his appearance on Tuesday's This Morning, where presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford tried to get the scoop on his reported kiss with Caroline Flack at January's National Television Awards © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited No! AJ's frustrations appeared to come across during his appearance on Tuesday's This Morning, where presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford tried to get the scoop on his reported kiss with Caroline Flack at January's National Television Awards

He went on: 'At that time of your life, whatever you are, or wherever you are, things always change and you can’t ever say never, because you don’t know what is around the corner, and you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.

'As long as you’re happy, I think that is the main thing. It’s something people forget way too often these days getting so stressed thinking about what other people’s opinions are or what they need to do tomorrow.'

In December, AJ was quick to wave off any rumours of romance with his Strictly 2018 partner Lauren Steadman - having had to do the same thing with Mollie King the year before.

a group of people posing for the camera: Strictly business: In December, AJ was quick to wave off any rumours of romance with his Strictly 2018 partner Lauren Steadman - having had to do the same thing with Mollie King the year before © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Strictly business: In December, AJ was quick to wave off any rumours of romance with his Strictly 2018 partner Lauren Steadman - having had to do the same thing with Mollie King the year before

Insisting such things don't enter his mind while he's in full Strictly mode, he told us: 'Everyone is interested in everyone else's love lives but we have no time for all that. We don't have time for anything other than training, dancing and competing. We are in rehearsals from 8AM - 10PM every day.

'We are focusing on just ourselves. I am focused on my role with Lauren. My job is to dance and choreograph. I'm so focused on my job as a pro. So I don't even let scenarios like that get into my head - not inside nor outside the dance studio.'

He went on: 'Focus is the secret to success. Focus and enjoying whatever it is you're doing. Without focus we won't make the final.'

The dancer did not go on to make the final, as it turned out, falling at the last hurdle for the third year running, being knocked out in the semis. 

Related: The Strictly stars that should have won every series [Digital Spy]


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