Abi’s got something to tell Max Eastenders
ABI TELLS IAN SHE’S CARRYING HIS GRANDCHILD… COULD THAT REVELATION SEE HER LEAVE THE SQUARE IN A COFFIN?
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Most sisters fall out from time to time. Some even hold a grudge for a bit. But Abi Branning’s jealousy-inspired hate campaign against older sister Lauren hit a whole new level of deranged.
She not only slept with Lauren’s fiancé, the now-dead Steven Beale, but she fell pregnant with his child. She also conspired with him against Lauren, too.
The dramatic reveal, which saw Lauren walk in on an increasingly loopy Abi wearing her wedding dress, was classic Enders. The explosive argument that followed saw Abi reveal she was in love with Steven. Then she later added the news she was also carrying his child!
Not surprisingly, that particular series of bombshells left Lauren and Abi with a few issues to sort out. And matters are about to get even more complicated…
Lauren may know about Abi and Steven’s baby, but there are a few other key players who don’t. They’re about to find out, though. ‘An excited Ian Beale shares his plans for the future of Beale’s with Abi,’ explains our insider. ‘The Walford entrepreneur says he wants to pass the restaurant onto future generations of the family.’
That gets Abi wondering if she should tell Ian the truth about the pregnancy.
‘Abi does her research when Ian also talks about franchising Beale’s and she realises there’s a lot of money in it,’ says Lorna Fitzgerald, who plays Abi. ‘She hasn’t got a job or a partner, so she wants to tell Ian it’s his grandchild and she’s hoping she’ll get money. ‘It’s for completely selfish reasons.’ Abi’s confidante, Donna Yates, tells the bonkers Branning to keep quiet. But Abi ignores her sage advice and she finds Ian and tells him the truth!
We’re not allowed to reveal how this news affects Ian. But it’s another major shock for a man who’s recently buried his son and seen his wife exit. Could this, alongside the news about James Willmottbrown (see pages 4 & 5), be another blow that sends him over the edge? Again...
The thing we can reveal is that Ian tells Abi’s dad the news, and it gives manipulative Max food for thought.
Our insider continues: ‘Max fears if Abi and Steven were lovers, then his daughter may well know that Max was blackmailing Steven… and that could cause major problems.
‘Abi could ask questions about Max’s relationship with Fi Browning and his revenge plans. Worse, she may realise he had a motive for getting rid of the man she loved.’
Abi’s most recent trip to crazy town has turned into an extended stay. And we reckon things are about to get much darker for Abi. Max fears his daughter could blow his crimes and scheming wide open. Her baby also means there’ll be a constant reminder of sinister Steven in the lives of Lauren and Ian. So that’s three people who have good reason to want Abi gone. And that’s before discussing Weyland & Co, who won’t want anyone spoiling their Albert Square takeover plans… Could Max unwittingly put Abi and his grandchild’s life at risk in a bid to frighten her and keep her quiet? We know Abi actress Lorna is leaving Enders in a few months. Could it be in a cortege pulled by black horses with funeral director Billy Mitchell walking in front?
The Max factor! Abi’s baby news gives her father a few things to think about...
Baby news! Ian tells Max that Abi and Steven were lovers... and she’s carrying his child!