Coronation Street fans have been left shattered by the news that Aidan Connor will take his life next week after months of secretly suffering in silence.
As the news broke yesterday, soap fans took to social media to share their upset at the revelation one of the cobbles’ most popular characters is set to leave in such tragic circumstances.
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But despite the fact some Twitter users are jumping on the bandwagon that the northern soap continues to run storylines that are too dark for pre-watershed viewing, the majority of fans are thrilled that such a taboo subject is being tackled.
It has also been revealed that Aidan taking his own life will tie in with another of Corrie’s huge storylines currently running – David Platt’s ongoing ordeal following his sexual assault at the hands of Josh Tucker.
The news that Aidan has taken his own life will apparently give David the strength to tell Shona about what happened on that fateful night with Josh.
One fan praised the soap for covering two huge storylines so brilliantly…
Viewers also praised the soap for letting fans know what was to come in next week’s emotional episodes, giving fans a chance to prepare themselves for what is inevitably going to be tough viewing…
Shayne Ward, who plays tragic Aidan, appeared on This Morning earlier today, telling presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that he was told late last year that his character would be part of this hugely sensitive storyline…
“I got told before Christmas and I was full of different emotions. I was instantly scared, I was nervous and completely heartbroken as well.
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“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.
Aidan’s last scenes will air on Monday 7th May at 7.30 and 8.30pm.
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.