Ben is under pressure to marry his pregnant babymamma Tallulah, even though he doesn’t love her.
Tallulah’s demand leaves Ben speechless. Weekdays SABC3 (*193) 19:30
Ben’s (Viljé Maritz) life is falling apart. Having reconciled with ex-wife Esme (Carine Rous), his plans to propose to her again are derailed by Tallulah (Hayley Owen), who’s pregnant with Ben’s baby… and she’s prepared to keep his child from him to get her way.
Ben is determined to make things work with Esme, says Viljé, “He knows that she’d make a great mom for his child, whereas Tallulah is mostly focused on her dancing career,” he says, adding that Ben is planning to ask Tallulah for full custody. But scheming Tallulah has her own plans and corners Ben’s dad Paul (Justin Strydom) on Wednesday 6 July while the Kings Casino CEO is at the Venus Showbar. She tells Paul that she’s carrying his grandchild and would like maternity leave, even though the casino dancers don’t get that benefit.
KEEPING THE FAMILY TOGETHER
Paul is shocked by Tallulah’s revelation and confronts Ben later on Wednesday 6 July on the casino floor. Paul tells Ben to forget about Esme and rather marry Tallulah to keep the family together. “Ben doesn’t agree with his dad and is hurt that Paul doesn’t support his decision to be with the woman he loves,” Viljé explains. The next day, Thursday 7 July, Paul again pleads with Ben to choose Tallulah but Ben makes it clear that he won’t change his mind. Confident with his decision, Ben decides on Friday 8 July to ask Tallulah for full custody so that he and Esme can take care of the baby. Tallulah’s left fuming and sets Ben an ultimatum: if he ever wants to see his child, he must marry her!
Ben and Esme reach a crossroads on Monday 11 July and Esme realises that Ben’s given up the fight. “She decides to bow out and give him her blessing to marry Tallulah,” says Carine, who adds that Esme will never forgive herself if she’s the reason Ben doesn’t have access to his child. A reluctant Ben asks Tallulah to marry him on Tuesday 12 July and by Thursday 14 July, she manipulates him into buying a very pricey ring.