Ni­cole and Zende’s loss is Sasha’s gain as she snaps up her ex-bestie’s boyfriend.

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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.”


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.”


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.

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