Steven’s sick lie exposed? Eastenders
Max forces about his brain Tumour… steven To Tell lauren The Truth is There another Twist ahead Though?
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Steven Beale told girlfriend Lauren Branning he had a life-threatening brain tumour.
The emotional blackmail plan was to stop her from leaving him and ensure she stayed in Walford… and well away from hunky office colleague Josh Hemmings.
It worked. But Steven’s terrible lie has since gathered pace at an alarming speed.
Totally taken in, Lauren’s doing her best to support Steven. The bad Beale, meanwhile, has been bonking Lauren’s sister, Abi, in a bid to keep her on-side.
Lauren and Abi’s dodgy dad, Max, meanwhile, has sussed that Steven’s lying, but he’s told Lauren she’s right to stand by him.
Oh, and Steven’s also proposed marriage to Lauren, too.
The whole situation is warped, even by the standards of the bed-hopping, lying, cheating, scheming Brannings and Beales!
Steven’s sick lie looks like it’s about to unravel because his plan to make Lauren concerned about his flagging health is working too well!
‘Steven panics when a frightened and concerned Lauren forces him to go to the hospital,’ reveals our insider at Eastenders. ‘Steven can’t talk his way out of it and, after they arrive at the hospital, he tries to buy himself some time as they wait to be seen.
‘Desperate, he calls Abi, who’s been left holding baby Louie, and he pleads with her to help him escape the situation that threatens to blow his plans apart.’
It’s a tense wait, but Abi comes good and she comes up with a sly reason to ensure Lauren returns home. Disaster avoided, right? No. Because Max arrives. Max is nobody’s fool and it’s apparent he’s setting up an elaborate revenge on pretty much everyone in the Square, so drawing a desperate Steven into his games is not a major problem.
But it seems Max may have grown a conscience about his damaged elder daughter. Steven has mentioned any additional stress may make former alcoholic Lauren go back on the booze. Is that Max’s concern, too? It looks like it may be when he confronts Steven about his lies and he tells him Lauren needs to know the truth.
‘Steven heads back to No.45 and, with Max right behind him, he stands before Lauren,’ adds our source. ‘Will he tell her what’s really going on and see his twisted scheme to keep Lauren in his life collapse?’
We reckon there are more twists and turns to come before the truth is revealed. Steven’s desperation to keep Lauren in his life has seen him sink to sick depths with his brain tumour lie, and he’s totally vulnerable now that cunning Max knows the truth.
But we know Max is a master schemer who’s unlikely to let a chance to do more manipulation pass him by when the truth will see his daughter leave Albert Square and be away from his influence.
After all, he’s known about Steven’s lies for a few weeks and he’s said nothing. That would suggest he’s figuring out a way to use Steven’s lie to his advantage to hurt the daughter who betrayed him and left him to rot in jail!
We reckon Steven’s about to become a pawn in Max’s revenge scheme… and it’s not going to be nice! Steven’s initial lie may have been sick… but this is about to reach another level of perverse!