EastEnders’ Chantelle Atkins makes a shocking discovery next week – and some fans have predicted that she’s pregnant.
While finding out you’re expecting can often be amazing news for a married couple, this might not be the case for Chantelle.
Viewers know that Chantelle is married to abusive husband Gray.
On the surface he appears handsome, smart and loving. But, behind closed doors, his anger and coercive control over his wife often leads to violence.
Spoilers for next week reveal that Gray’s behaviour becomes dangerously out of control during what should be a happy time for the couple.
Chantelle is delighted when she passes an assessment at work with flying colours, but Grey is jealous of all the attention she is getting and ends up attacking her again.
When Gray hits her, Chantelle drops a bombshell – but what is it?
Fans believe the hairdresser is expecting a child with Gray, and will face a difficult decision over whether to keep it.
Writing on Digital Spy Forums, one typed: “She’s pregnant. It makes sense after the chat they had a few weeks back. It’ll be interesting to see if he hits her while she’s pregnant?
“She seemed very worried over the idea of another baby when he mentioned it, so maybe that’s why she isn’t thrilled, because even whilst pregnant he doesn’t stop.”
Another agreed, adding: “It would add a very interesting dynamic to the storyline. I don’t think a soap has ever featured a pregnant woman at the hands of abuse before.”
A third wrote: “Yes, I think she will find out she is pregnant. There was that throwaway line before he went away about them making beautiful babies which suggested something was going to be in the pipeline storywise.
“I wonder if she will consider an abortion? Or if she will end up miscarrying due to his abuse?”
“I reckon she’s pregnant and she’ll find out that he’s been tampering with whatever contraception she’s been using,” suggested one more. “If she has another baby, in his twisted mind she’ll need him more than ever.
“Like someone said earlier in the thread, he made that comment about them making beautiful babies. Why say that if he’s not planning on having another one with her? If he feels that she doesn’t want another one, I can see him taking the decision out of her hands.”
Some suspected the storyline would get “very dark”, predicting a possible miscarriage for Chantelle or Gary becoming jealous of his unborn child.
After all, we don’t know when his abuse first started and whether it was after the birth of their son and daughter.
Mitch and Karen’s daughter Chantelle arrived in Walford in March, alongside husband Gary and their two kids Mia and Mackenzie.
EastEnders fans were left stunned in July when Gray showed his true colours and violently attacked his wife, making it clear it wasn’t the first time this had happened.
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