It’s com­pli­cated

Ben is un­der pres­sure to marry his preg­nant baby­mamma Tal­lu­lah, even though he doesn’t love her.

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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.

HELLO, GRANDPA!

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!

BOW­ING OUT

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.

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