CURTIS Pritchard believes being unconscious in a nightclub brawl over Christmas boosted his career.
The 23-year-old professional dancer has embraced the limelight since finding fame on Love Island over the summer.
And the hunk has now confessed that he is not sure he would have even appeared on the ITV2 dating show if it wasn't for the brutal attack.
Curtis and his Strictly Come Dancing brother AJ were beaten up in an unprovoked fight in Cheshire over the festive period.
AJ revealed that his younger brother had shielded him from the eight thugs, being left unconscious and needing surgery on his knee as a result.
Discussing the incident, Curtis confessed that he was trying to find the silver lining.
He explained: "The attack was disgusting but I thought to myself that if it had never happened, maybe I would have been noticed and been where I am today."
He added to The Sunday Mirror: "I look at that in a positive light.
"Also, my brother could have been more injured and he needed to have the whole situation turned into a positive and it had knock-on effects."
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Curtis finished the dating show in fourth place with Irish beauty Maura Higgins, who he is still in a relationship with.
In fact, the couple enjoyed a double date with AJ and his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen earlier today.
The foursome enjoyed lunch at London's trendy 100 Wardour Street.
The group seems to be getting on fire like a house, with Maure initially being introduced to AJ via FaceTime after she and Curtis left Love Island three weeks ago.
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