GRAY Atkins is set to be exposed as an abusive husband in EastEnders next week when he tells wife, Chantelle, he’s going to see a therapist about his behaviour.
But, when Chantelle accidentally cuts her hand, he insists they go to A&E where the nurse spots the hairdresser’s bruises from Gray’s most recent attack. But what happens next leaves Chantelle terrified.
Later in the week, she supports him as he prepares to attend a therapy appointment and Gray promises to never hurt her again.
Will the therapy work?
Last week fans watched in horror as Chantelle – who’s played by Jessica Plummer in the BBC soap – discovered she was pregnant just moments after Gray brutally beat her.
In shocking scenes, Chantelle was punched in the stomach by her abusive husband.
The lawyer – who is played by actor Toby Alexander Smith – flew into a rage following a family party after he felt left out and he started a fight about her using the joint account.
The manipulative brute later pleaded with her to forgive him and insisted it was all her fault.
Chantelle decided to forgive him before heading to the bathroom to do a pregnancy test, which comes out positive.
Will Gray’s attack have hurt their unborn baby?
Those watching the soap were very shocked by the latest twist in their tale and took to Twitter to discuss it.
One person wrote: “#EastEnders Gray is a monster, punching his pregnant wife in the stomach. What is Chantelle waiting for to leave him? What happens if he loses his temper with one of the kids and punch one of them.”
Another added: “EastEnders Holy Crap, Chantelle’s Pregnant. Bringing Up A Baby Into That Toxic Situation, With Gray?.”
While someone else wrote: “Oh no -pregnant – Chantelle my heart goes for you. You do know your mum will kill Grey if she knows of the abuse so go & talk #EastEnders.”
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The show’s boss Kate Oates, recently revealed there is a lot more to come in this powerful storyline.
She said: “Chantelle and Gray’s domestic abuse story has built quite gently, but as it continues we’ll be pushing it.
“We’ve deliberately built this public perception of who Gray is and the kind of marriage they have. There’s great stuff coming up.”
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