Nicole and Zende’s loss is Sasha’s gain as she snaps up her ex-bestie’s boyfriend.
The Bold & The Beautiful Weekdays SABC3 (*193) 18:00
From the outside, Nicole and Zende’s (Reign Edwards and Rome Flynn) situation isn’t what you’d call romance-ready. Nicole is pregnant by her sister Maya’s (Karla Mosley) husband Rick (Jacob Young) – who’s also Zende’s uncle. And on Thursday 23 March, Nicole moves into Rick’s mom Brooke’s (Katherine Kelly Lang) house with Maya and Rick. As Zende sees it, there’s very little room for a boyfriend there as Rick makes babytalk to Nicole’s pregnant tummy.
And while Zende is perfectly aware that Nicole is just acting as a surrogate for Rick and Maya, who’re head-overheels for one another, he’s never been comfy with the idea or the process of dating a pregnant virgin. On Friday 24 March, Zende cracks at last and admits to Nicole, “I love you. I want a life and a future with you. But this is too much for me. I can’t do it. I respect your decision. And I admire your courage and generosity. I don’t want to feel this way. But seeing you pregnant with my uncle’s baby, it’s just too much for me.”
BAD DECISION & HEARTBREAK
Zende explains to Nicole, “I tried to get onboard, be this cutting- edge, free-thinking guy. I thought I was. But it just doesn’t feel right.” As much as he loves Nicole, when he imagines them as a family, Zende hits a wall when he tries to fit Maya, Rick and their baby with Nicole into the picture. It’s not something that he’s saying lightly either. It’s with a deep sense of shame that he admits, “I was adopted. You’d think that would make me more understanding to the situation. And I know there’s all kinds of families and I’m not saying Rick and Maya don’t deserve to be parents. But I’m not ready to be in a relationship with a woman carrying their baby.” We’d have to give Zende a star for trying to push through despite his discomfort from the start. He is allowed his irrational emotions as much as Nicole is. But we can’t help feeling sad for Nicole as an important part of her life and dreams slips through her fingers because of her own kindness. It just doesn’t seem fair to either of them. “He was upfront and said he wasn’t comfortable with her having a baby. But she put her sister before him,” says Reign. “They’re both young. They’re still growing. And they both could make better decisions.”
FORGET YOUR SORROWS
After genuine heartbreak for Nicole and Zende, Zende isn’t exactly reeling in his freedom as a newly released bachelor when Nicole’s sexy ex-bestie and secret half-sister Sasha (Felisha Cooper) cozies up at their modelling shoot on Monday 27 March. Sensing weakness, Sasha follows Zende home and demands the truth about the split. And she starts digging a hole under her rival with relish, giving voice to the most selfish thoughts that Zende’s probably trying his best not to dwell on. “I just think she put you in an impossible position. All due respect to Nicole, asking you to wait while she plays surrogate mommy is not only unrealistic, it’s incredibly selfish,” Sasha suggests. “There is no reason why we shouldn’t see what we’re like together. You’re not with Nicole anymore. And I’m here, willing, definitely not pregnant with someone else’s kid. You’re out of all that now. Forget Nicole. Get your life. Start now!”
Nicole’s surrogate baby bump scares off her boyfriend Zende.
Sasha jumps at the opportunity to snatch single-and-hot Zende.