I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! star AJ Pritchard's girlfriend has shot back at Shane Richie's son for calling her boyfriend "a little b***h".

Abbie Quinnen, 23, stood up for her Strictly Come Dancing star beau after Shane's son, Shane Junior, took a brutal swipe at AJ on social media.

She said she was left particularly upset by Shane's son Shane Junior, who had cruelly berated AJ on social media after the dancer questioned his dad’s washing-up skills.

Shane Jnr, whose mum is Coleen Nolan, branded AJ a "a little b***h".

Abbie, who is a dancer, told The Mirror : "I appreciate he is sticking up for his dad, but I don’t think it's nice he called AJ a little b**** and he overstepped the line."

Abbie stood up for her Strictly star boyfriend after he was slammed by Shane Richie's son

She added: "What we all need to remember is that this is a TV show and it’s for entertainment. I am sure AJ and Shane will be getting along just fine a lot of the time."

Shane Jnr has slammed some fans for claiming his dad was a bully – and appeared to hit out at TV bosses.

He said: "I know it’s a TV show but you're playing with people's lives man. If there really is tension then I'm all for it. Or are you editing to cause tension?

AJ's girlfriend Abbie said Shane's son 'overstepped the line' with his insult

"That's what I can't agree with. I know it's telly but there are vile comments being thrown around and it's not fair."

Shane later added: "Nothing gets to me until the word 'bully' gets branded about. We throw that out so easily nowadays, it's everything that's wrong with society at the min."

Viewers noticed tension between Shane and AJ in Thursday night's episode after the mood changed when celebrities were assigned certain tasks.

Shane Richie's son branded AJ a "a little b***h"

One Twitter user said: "Ooh that tension between AJ and Shane."

Another said: "Shane Richie vs AJ Pritchard. Not the celebrity feud I was expecting to see this year but I want to see it develop!"

In Thursday's episode, Shane threw his cutlery and plate down after finishing and quipped: "Right, who’s doing the washing up? Here you go. How do you like them apples?"

AJ seemed annoyed as he was the one on washing up duties, and he told Shane to put it "by the bucket".

I'm a Celeb continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.