AJ’s brother Curtis has revealed their nanna Angela Gratton died in hospital on Friday at the age of 93.
Posting a tribute to his “inspirational” nanna on Instagram, Curtis said former Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ had agreed not to be told if anything happened to her until he leaves the castle.
“It is following our grandad’s wishes that myself and AJ are to carry on with the current projects we are committed to,” the former Love Island star wrote.
“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.”
He continued: “As Grandad and Nanna would have wished for, AJ will stay in the castle and continue making her proud wherever she is watching from.
“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 revealed that Angela had been living with dementia for 10 years prior to her death.
He added: “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.”