A dark secret threatens to destroy THIS Home and Away legend's life

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Is it time for Irene Roberts to confess the truth?

Today's Home and Away will continue to see Irene Roberts struggling to conceal a dark secret about her past.

The Summer Bay legend has been on a downward spiral ever since she saved Bella Nixon from being attacked by her online groomer, Tommy.

After chatting to Tommy online, Bella found herself in serious danger as he visited her at home and tried to attack her... only for Irene to thankfully arrive home just in time.

Home and Away, Bella Nixon, Tommy

Bella's online friend turned out to be grooming her (Picture: Channel 5)

But as Bella and Irene struggled to get rid of Tommy, he begged the women to keep his attack to themselves, telling them it would be 'their little secret'.

But unfortunately for Tommy, those words triggered a long-buried memory for Irene who was also sexually assaulted when she was younger, with her own attacker using the same words as Tommy's.

Irene saw red and lashed out at Tommy, hitting him over the head and landing him in a coma in hospital.

Home and Away, Irene Roberts, Bella Nixon, Tommy

Irene attacked stalker Tommy last month (Picture: Channel 5)

But while the rest of Summer Bay think Tommy is the victim and was attacked by a random stranger, little do they know what Tommy is really capable of and that it was actually Irene who beat him half to death.

The police have got enough evidence to charge Tommy with his crimes, but that doesn't mean that Irene is off the hook, and as the Summer Bay rumour mill continues to go into overdrive, Irene has been hiding herself away from the world.

Home and Away, Irene Roberts, Bella Nixon

Bella and Irene have been keeping a low profile since Tommy's attack (Picture: Channel 5)

Leah is worried when Irene refuses to leave the house, and even Willow can't get her to open up about what's happened.

Leah is convinced that if Irene explained everything, especially about her being the victim and not Tommy, then everyone would understand.

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But Irene is adamant that she doesn't want anyone to know her secret past.

As Willow tries to get Irene to open up by organising a friendly dinner for everyone, Irene can't go through with it in today's Home and Away and she hides in her room, away from all her friends.

Home and Away, Irene Roberts

Irene has been on the edge ever since she attacked Tommy (Picture: Channel 5)

But as Irene breaks down crying alone in her bedroom, will she ever be able to find the strength to face what happened to her all those years ago?

Watch Home and Away every weekday at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.