Devon’s Strug­gle!

THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Devon has been do­ing his darnedest to show his fam­ily and friends that he’s been cop­ing just fine since Hi­lary’s tragic death. Yet this week, the cracks in the bil­lion­aire’s laid- back façade are be­gin­ning to show. Is a down­ward

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The In Depth Story: After pulling an all-nighter at a con­cer t, Devon tells a con­cerned Phyl­lis that his late night (or, rather, early morn­ing!) helped re­mind him why he’d got­ten into the mu­sic busi­ness in the first place. But his loved ones are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned about his par­ty­ing.

Br yton James, who plays the wid­ower, says that his al­ter ego may be re­as­sur­ing ev­ery­one that he’s all right, but quite the op­po­site is true! “He’s us­ing his work en­vi­ron­ment and par­ty­ing to dis­tract him­self from the loss of Hi­lary and their child,” he ad­mits. “He’s not only try­ing to numb him­self to his own feel­ings, but he’s try­ing to dis­tance him­self as much as pos­si­ble from the in­va­sive­ness of the peo­ple who are try­ing to make sure that he’s okay!”

How­ever, the re­al­ity is that Devon can’t bear watch­ing ev­ery­one else go on with their lives! “From the time of the ac­ci­dent to the hos­pi­tal to the funeral, he was around a lot of peo­ple and had a lot of sup­port. But then ever yone went back to their daily lives while Devon is left by him­self to deal with his feel­ings,” sighs James. “He is the one who has to wake up in his empty bed ev­ery day and face the re­al­ity alone.”

The ac­tor adds that spend­ing all night at the con­cert and after-party is Devon’s “first crack at at-

tempt­ing to move for­ward with his life in the way he thinks is best.”

But that is not the way his fam­ily sees things! Cane is quick to lec­ture his brother- in- law about wor­ry­ing Shauna by not com­ing home the pre­vi­ous night. And while Devon ad­mits that he was wrong not to make Shauna aware of his plans, he pushes back when Cane brings up his ab­sence at Thanks­giv­ing. After all, Devon shouts, what he had to be thank­ful for now re­sides in a grave­yard — and Lily put it there!

“Devon hasn’t com­pletely for­given her,” says James. “One day, she will be able to come home and live the rest of her life with her fam­ily and her hus­band, and see her chil­dren grow up. But be­cause of Lily — in Devon’s mind — he won’t get to ex­pe­ri­ence any of that!

“He gets frus­trated that his fam­ily doesn’t un­der­stand that,” he con­tin­ues. “They’re not be­ing sen­si­tive to his feel­ings. Devon is hav­ing a hard time, par tic­u­larly with Nate, be­cause he op­er­ated on Hi­lary. And in

“The numb­ing of his feel­ings turns into some­thing Devon re­ally doesn’t con­trol too well!”

Devon’s mind, that played a part in what hap­pened to her.”

As he keeps pulling fur­ther away from his fam­ily, Devon may be one step closer to fall­ing into an emo­tional abyss! Teases James: “He’s go­ing to be tak­ing him­self down a road where the numb­ing of his feel­ings turns into some­thing that he re­ally doesn’t con­trol too well!”

“Cane and Nate are al­ways get­ting into Devon’s busi­ness!” sighs the griev­ing wid­ower’s por­trayer.

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