A group of eight thugs violently attacked Curtis and AJ at a Cheshire night club, leaving them severely bruised after being repeatedly punched and kicked.
Curtis sustained serious injuries to his knee, that forced him to pull out of his professional duties on Ireland’s Dancing with the Stars early.
While charges were filed, they were shockingly dropped in October as police said there was insufficient evidence to continue with the investigation.
Speaking exclusively to OK! magazine, Curtis expressed his disappointment over the dropped charges but revealed that the attack “brought his family closer”.
He said: “All I can say is thank you to the people who did it to me and AJ. It slowed me down for a couple of months because of my knee, but it brought my family closer together.
“I learnt so much about myself and other people, so for that reason I’m not bothered that the case has been dropped. I am bothered that they are out there, and they could do it to someone else. It could have been worse, and it could have ended a lot differently.
He added: “It’s child’s play, it’s not manly at all.”
In the same exclusive interview, Curtis and Maura Higgins confirmed they are now officially an item.
After dodging labelling themselves boyfriend and girlfriend since they left the the Love Island villa, Maura said Curtis finally popped the big question.
“He asked and I said yes obviously,” the Irish former promo model said.
“He took me away for a weekend break, and he asked me out over dinner in London the next day,” she explained.
Curtis revealed why it took him so long to ask Maura to ask him to be his girlfriend:
“I want something that’s going to last forever. There’s no point in rushing anything. We’ve only known each other a short amount of time,” he said.
He also addressed his sexuality after he revealed to The Sun earlier this year that he was open to dating a man in the future.
He said: “People ask questions all the time, and how they ask them doesn’t bother me.
“I don’t think we need to be labelled. It’s 2019 – it doesn’t matter and shouldn’t matter whatever anyone wants to be or do. We should all feel happy in ourselves.
“What frustrates me is people getting caught up in all this stuff when there are wars going on. Nobody is better or worse than anyone else; everybody needs to step back and say we are all the same.”
Read Maura and Curtis’ full interview in the new issue of OK! magazine – out nationwide on Tuesday.