Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway have become a popular couple among EASTENDERS viewers, but their romance appears to be coming to an end as Callum goes to great lengths to help his husband.
Since he and Callum Highway (Tony Clay) were targeted in a homophobic attack, Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) has been struggling. Ben has since expressed his desire to hide who he is from the public, evoking traumatic memories of his late boyfriend. In the BBC soap, an enraged Callum takes drastic measures to persuade Ben to move on from the attack, but will the EastEnders couple split for good if disaster strikes?
Ben and Callum have had a rocky patch recently, but Callum, a police officer, is determined to get Ben back to his old self.
Callum tries to make a big statement to help his husband in future episodes of the soap.
He could have pushed Ben even further away if his career had been jeopardized.
Fans would be devastated if the couple broke up, but it appears they are on the verge of doing so.
Ben recently told Callum that they needed to keep their relationship private.
When Pam Coker (Lin Blakley) came to see Ben, she advised him to keep his sexuality hidden in order to keep himself safe.
“It took me 28 years to come out of the closet, and I’m not going to have you push him back in,” Callum responded. “So you go in there and tell him you’re sorry, and you didn’t mean what you said, and you got it wrong.”
Pam argued: “I encouraged him to be out and proud then I lost him. If you lost Ben, do you think you’d be so certain about everything? Would being in or out of the closet even matter?
“So please don’t tell me what I can’t say or think or feel.”
Callum responded: “These people that attack us, Pam.
“They do it because they’re scared and I’m not going to be like one of them.”
Later, Ben told Callum: “No more kissing in public, no more holding hands because it’s not worth the risk.”
Since then, Callum has been attempting to persuade Ben to reconsider his decision to keep their identities hidden.
Bobby Beale (Clay Milner Russell) will try to persuade Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) to see sense about Dana Monroe in upcoming episodes (Barbara Smith).
When Ben overhears, he tells Bobby how he feels about narrow-minded people.
Later, Ben tells Kathy that he’s pushing Callum away so they won’t be targeted, admitting that the injured man he saw in the hospital triggered him.
Kathy speaks up, hoping that he will understand Ben’s point of view.
Kathy explains to Callum that since New Year’s, the Prince Albert has been empty.
Callum visits Ben after this sparks an idea and informs him that he is planning a party outside the Prince Albert.
If he believes their marriage has a future, he asks him to meet him there in an hour.
Callum is adamant that the party isn’t over when Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) arrives with another officer to shut it down due to noise complaints.
Callum puts his career as a police officer on the line by disobeying police orders in the hopes that Ben will show up.
Jack reappears shortly after and arrests Callum.
Callum may interpret Ben’s absence as a sign that the marriage is over.
To make matters worse, he may lose his job, which he enjoys.
He may come to the conclusion that he has made too many sacrifices for someone who is embarrassed to be with him, and the marriage may fall apart.
Will the popular EastEnders couple’s storyline come to an end?