Neighbours couple David and Aaron set to be torn apart by grief?

Neighbours, Aaron Brennan, David Tanaka
(Image credit: Channel 5)

Emmett's departure has hit them hard...

Neighbours couple David Tanaka and Aaron Brennan have been through a tough time recently and, sadly, things are only set to get harder for the pair.

After their bid to have their own baby came to a halt, David and Aaron decided to apply to become foster parents instead.

Neighbours, Emmett Donaldson, Aaron Brennan, David Tanaka

David and Aaron have loved having Emmett as part of their family (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: Channel 5)

Of course, the pair were prefect for the role, and soon they found themselves offering teenager Emmett a safe and happy home life.

Despite initial teething problems, Emmett became a firm part of David and Aaron's family, and even the arrival of Emmett's wayward brother, Brent, didn't upset the balance too much.

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Here comes trouble...

However, when Emmett's mum, Jenna, came into the picture, it soon became clear that David and Aaron would have their work cut out in protecting Emmett.

Neighbours, David Tanaka, Emmett Donaldson

Aaron and David has just got used to having Emmett around when everything changed (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: Channel 5)

When Jenna's sister was identified as a suitable career for Emmett, the teenager was given the impossible task of choosing to go and live with his family, or stay on Ramsay Street with Aaron and David.

A sad goodbye

Sadly for 'Daaron' Emmett chose to go and live with his aunty, leaving the pair heartbroken.

Today's Neighbours sees the couple deal with the fall out of Emmett leaving, with grieving over his departure in different ways.


The arrival of Emmett's mum, Jenna, caused trouble (Picture: Channel 5)

While Aaron understands that children leaving is part of the fostering process, David is struggling with being apart from Emmett and believes he will be better off with them in Ramsay Street.

After forming such a close bond with the teenager, David is finding it hard to let go and wants to check in with Emmett and see how he is getting on with his aunty.

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As David and Aaron deal with their grief in very different ways they are set to clash in such a way that even Sheila was forced to step in today and offer some words of wisdom.

Neighbours, David Tanaka, Aaron Brennan

David and Aaron are set to clash after the departure of Emmett (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: Channel 5)

Will David listen to his neighbour and open up to husband Aaron?

Or are their separate views over Emmett going to eventually cause a long-term rift between the couple?

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm 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 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.