‘EastEnders’ fans "hurt" as Ben makes a terrible confession to Callum

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Ben faces the future. (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders scenes where Ben voiced his fears in the wake of the recent attack were declared “powerful and important” by fans on Friday.

The moment where Ben revealed he was going to stop being out-and-proud as a gay man seemed to really touch viewers, with many admitting they were affected by the storyline.

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Ben isn't coping after the recent attack. (Image credit: BBC)

Ben has been struggling in the wake of the recent homophobic attack, which left his husband Callum injured.

Ben’s former boyfriend Paul was murdered in front of him during an attack back in 2016, so the recent assault has triggered Ben, leaving him fearing for his and Callum’s safety.

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Ben's family lined up to help. (Image credit: BBC)

Realising Ben was struggling, Phil, Kat and Callum stepped into try and help, but Ben wasn’t receptive, and didn’t hold back about what he felt.

“I’m tired of fighting,” Ben confessed. “I’m tired of being scared.”

 But it was his later scenes with Callum that really struck viewers.

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Callum couldn't believe what his husband was saying. (Image credit: BBC)

Sitting down with his husband, Ben revealed that he was no longer going to be affectionate in public with him. And when Callum tried to argue, Ben made it clear – it was his way or nothing.

“What’s more important – being proud of being alive?” Ben said as he threw away the rainbow badge that Callum had pinned to his coat.


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Ben binned the badge. (Image credit: BBC)

The line ended the episode, and viewers declared the tense scenes were so powerful they actually “hurt”.

“That was a painful but incredible episode,” said one. And others only echoed that…

With Callum obviously disagreeing with Ben’s decision, it seems the future for the troubled couple was uncertain. Can they find a way through Ben’s issues?

EastEnders airs Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7.30pm, Thursday at 7.30pm and Friday at 8.00pm. See our TV Guide for full listings.

Steven Murphy

Steven is a writer, editor, and commentator with a passion for popular TV and soap operas. He spent 20 years as the editor of Inside Soap magazine, documenting every punch-up and pucker-up in the Street, the Square and the village. As a feature writer, he’s covered TV crime dramas, period dramas and even some real-life star dramas. He’s been seen as a talking head on more TV clip shows than he cares to remember, has a life-long passion for TV sci-fi – the older and creakier the better – and is a slight obsessive about any reality show featuring hotels.