Emmerdale fans predict a dark new secret in Jai paternity story

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Emmerdale Rishi's family secret could have more to it. (Image credit: ITV)

Emmerdale fans are no strangers to shock twists and family secrets, just look at all the recent drama with Caleb and Nicky. However, one long-buried piece of information knocked them for six this week, as Jai Sharma discovered that his dad, Rishi, wasn’t his father at all. And some viewers reckon that there are more shocks to come.

The revelation came in Monday’s episode when Jai went looking for some paperwork. The businessman was on cloud nine, having just got engaged to girlfriend Laurel and booked a sunshine holiday for the whole family.

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Jai's happy day didn't stay that way. (Image credit: ITV)

But at Rishi’s house, while Jai searched for the document he needed, he stumbled across the family secret. He was aghast at what he discovered, and in Tuesday’s episode tried to make sense of it all when he confronted Rishi.

The dramatic scenes saw an angry Jai demand to know the truth about his history, confused and upset that Rishi has kept this from him. A shocked Rishi reeled when he realised that Jai knew the secret, and refused to explain things to his angry son, leaving Jai even more furious.

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Jai confronted his dad over what he knew. (Image credit: ITV)

Later, Rishi confirmed to Jai that while his mum, Georgia, did give birth to him, his dad was a one-night stand that she once had. Rishi then married Georgia to save her the shame of being a single mum, adopting Jai when he was born.

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Rishi finally told Jai the truth - but was it the full story? (Image credit: ITV)

Rishi is one of the show’s most popular characters, and the father and son bond between him and Jai has overcome many obstacles over the years, so viewers were upset to see this news drive a wedge between the pair as Jai stormed out.

But many fear there is another secret which Rishi isn’t telling – one which he’s been desperate to keep from his son all his life for fear of hurting him further.

“I wonder if Jai is the product of an assault the way Rishi is being, he clearly doesn’t want to say something,” said one. While another agreed: “There has to be some god-awful reason why Rishi has never told Jai.”

The story looks set to run, with spoilers revealing things are going to continue to be frosty between the pair next week. It seems it’s going to take a long time for this rift to heal, and the revelation of some new dark secret may only make things ever more agonising for both parties…

Emmerdale airs Monday to Friday at 7.30pm on ITV1 and ITVX, usually with an extended hour- long episode on a Thursday.

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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.