Pregnant stars Jennifer Metcalfe and Chelsee Healey both left the Channel 4 soap on Monday
There was a double disappearance on Hollyoaks tonight, when Mercedes McQueen and her cousin Goldie left the village together
The actresses who play Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) and Goldie (Chelsee Healey) were both pregnant at the time of filming, although Jennifer has subsequently given birth to a boy, while Chelsee is due later in July.
In the episode broadcast on E4 on Monday, Mercedes planned to head to America to try and build a relationship with her son, Bobby. But just before she when, she gave Simone (Jacqueline Boatswain) a helping hand while a clueless Cindy (Stephanie Waring) offered Dirk's van to Mercedes to help get to the airport.
Goldie, meanwhile, absconded from court and gave Jesse the kiss she’s always wanted to give him, before taking £1000 from him to help her on the run. Later, she broke the news to her sons, Prince and Hunter, that they’ll be staying in the village without her and told Shane she didn’t need his help any more and to stay away from her boys while she’s gone.
Goldie hopped into the back of Dirk's van, but was collared by Ryan. However, Mercedes stepped in and warned Ryan to stay quiet otherwise the whole world would know about his affair with Kyle.
The pair headed out of the village with the radio blasting ready for a new adventure while Aunty Myra offered Prince and Hunter a shoulder to cry on.
It's not clear when Chelsee and Jennifer will return to Hollyoaks.
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