Coronation Street viewers were struggling to cope after last night’s double bill saw Aidan Connor struggling to cope in the run up to next week’s shocking scenes that will see the character take his own life.
Fans watched as Aidan gave away his belongings, knowing that he’s planning to end his life without telling a single soul.
But as Coronation Street gears up for yet another ground-breaking storyline as it tackles the taboo subject of male suicide, fans took to social media in their droves to share their heartbreak at what is to come in the soap next week…
As Aidan gave little Liam his expensive watch and treated Summer to a shopping spree, fans couldn’t bear the thought that this was Aidan’s way of saying goodbye to those he cares for.
Maria found the watch in Liam’s pocket, and was bemused at how something so expensive had got there. Little does she know it is a parting gift for her son.
While Aidan might have been all smiles as he chatted with the likes of Maria and Billy last night, behind his cheery exterior, fans knew that he was hiding his anguish from the world.
At the end of last night’s visit to the cobbles fans watched as Aidan also came face-to-face with his own daughter for the first time.
After bumping into Toyah and Peter out for a stroll with little baby Susie, Aidan congratulated the pair and and commented on how beautiful their new daughter is.
But Aidan noted Toyah’s awkwardness and as the credits rolled, it was clear that Aidan was putting two and two together and getting four.
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With next week’s scenes set to break the hearts of Corrie fans across the country, the soap is proud of the awareness that it is creating for such an important issue.
Shayne Ward, who plays Aidan has also spoken of how proud he is of his exit storyline.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning earlier this week the actor said: “I knew this was more than just a storyline, I knew the impact that it was going to have on the public when it is aired and I think it’s amazing that Coronation Street is covering this.”
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.
If you are struggling with depression or suicidal ideation, or are concerned about a loved one, please contact Samaritans free on 116 123 for support and advice.