EASTENDERS couples have always had drama in their lives, but it appears that a recent trauma may have caused them to split for good, and it may be time for them to get divorced.
Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and Callum Highway (Tony Clay) have become one of EastEnders’ most popular couples, with their love story being both complicated and heartwarming. They were recently beaten up on their way to a gay club and found themselves victims of a horrific hate crime attack. Ben has struggled in the aftermath of the trauma on the BBC soap, which was similar to what happened to his late husband Paul Coker (Jonny Labey). Could the Mitchell heir file for divorce as his current husband tries to figure out why he’s shutting himself off from the rest of the world?
The drama will premiere on the weeknight serial drama next week, following Ben’s decision to keep his and Callum’s relationship private.
The Mitchell man explained that he does not want his husband to show affection in public because he is afraid he will be killed like Paul.
Callum, unwilling to keep their relationship a secret, forces his partner to sit down and be open about his sexuality.
They talk about their struggles and promise to always be there for one another as they have an open and honest conversation.
They appear to have finally turned a corner, but Ben’s mind soon begins to play tricks on him again.
Later scenes show Callum going to check on his husband and discovering the young gangster having a vivid flashback to the attack.
Given his history, it appears that Ben’s struggles with the violence he and his husband have experienced will be a huge challenge to overcome.
Despite Callum’s unwavering support for his other half, it’s possible that the Mitchell heir will take drastic measures.
Ben could tell his spouse they need to get a divorce because he doesn’t want his husband to see him struggle and get hurt.
This way, they can both live their own lives without fear of being attacked because they are together, and Callum won’t have to watch his husband suffer.
Of course, Callum would fight for the relationship and tell Ben that they would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever
Unfortunately, with this mindset, the Mitchell man could devise a scheme to persuade his husband to sign the divorce papers.
Ben may finally get the response he’s looking for as he pushes Callum to the brink of divorce by making his life a living hell for him.
Despite the fact that the police officer could see right through Ben’s plan, he would understand that if he is willing to cause trouble in order to split them up, there is no way back for them.
Is this the end for one of the show’s most beloved couples, or will they be able to reconcile their differences?
Max, who plays Ben, has spoken out about how important it was for the Square when the couple married last year during Pride month.
“It’s nice to be accredited for something positive in a year that’s been so utterly atrocious for so many people,” Max said.
“And that episode was certainly one in which we invested a lot of time and effort.” Tony [Clay, who plays Callum] and I were in that cohort for the first time, and it gave us a chance to act together again. It was absolutely lovely.
“I believe their relationship appeals to the common man, particularly in the LGBTQ+ community.”
“It’s two working-class boys drawn together by similarities, not differences. And I think everyone’s got a similar story to that at some point in their life.”
Hinting at trouble for the pair this year, the actor told Digital Spy: “I think the next 12 months are going to be very strained.
“There are going to be several moments that test their love for each other, and their ability to care for each other. So watch this space!”
With a possible divorce lingering in the air, the actor who plays Callum, Tony, said the pair getting married was always going to change things for them.
The soap star explained: “Obviously it will change the dynamic between them – I think when you’re in a relationship and you make that step towards marriage, the dynamic changes, regardless.
“And for these two characters, the stakes would get much higher if they are officially married; there’s so much baggage, and it’s a massive commitment.”
“Being married would just unite them and make them more of a force going forward,” Tony said in an interview with Inside Soap.
“Rather than fighting their problems on their own, Ben and Callum now deal with them together.
“They face their problems together, and that’s important for them going forward,” he added but will a divorce destroy this union for good?
Only time will tell if this beloved couple can weather the storm of this latest challenge or if they will have to part ways as they embark on a new chapter of their lives apart.
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