Courtney Vance (Stephanie Davis) and Aadi Alahan (Adam Hussain) are in trouble in upcoming Coronation Street episodes as Courtney’s husband Darren (Ryan Early) discovers their affair.
Darren has been spending a lot of time with Dev (Jimmi Harkishin) lately, which has given Courtney and Aadi plenty of opportunities to sleep together.
What started off as a little bit of fun has now turned into something more, as Aadi will refer to his new girlfriend as beautiful, intelligent and funny during a lunch soon, with Darren and Dev completely unaware that the 18-year-old is speaking about Courtney.
Prior to this, Darren is already on edge after opening up to Dev about his marriage problems and the fact that he thinks Courtney is having an affair.
Suffice to say that Aadi is the last person Darren suspects is sleeping with his wife so when the truth is revealed during the lunch at the Bistro, he is horrified:
‘When it all comes out in the bistro it plays out like a thriller. She confesses and gives him the hint that it’s somebody close to him, then the whole thing starts to unravel’, Ryan Early, who plays Darren, explained.
‘He starts going mad with paranoia, he feels like everyone around him is a suspect and of course the first person he suspects is Dev. Considering that he brought him onto this deal, he’s trying to make him a lot of money and they’ve become good friends feels like a total betrayal. He feels like he could absolutely kill him. But then when he finds out it’s Aadi, this boy, it’s humiliating.
‘Darren’s in his 40s and suddenly she’s with an 18 year old. I mean what can he give her that Darren’s not? It’s deeply humiliating, but then suddenly he thinks hang on, this is a game, this isn’t real, because he’s got no money, he’s got nothing to offer her and he knows Courtney, he knows what she likes.’
He added: ‘She likes a beautiful house, she likes holidays around the world, they’ve just got back from a cruise around the Caribbean so to suddenly switch to being with this 18 year old little shrimp, no way, this is part of the game. And that’s why he doesn’t try and kill him because this is Courtney. It’s deeply humiliating and there’s maybe no coming back from this because essentially it’s the most toxic thing she can do in a relationship that already has a lot of toxicity.
‘But she’s pushed it now to a level that I’m not sure they can come back from, an 18 year old kid, she’s absolutely crossed the line. Infidelity is one thing, they both come from infidelity so it’s not necessarily the be all and end all, but the humiliation of an affair with this young kid, who he’s been paying, really is a stab in the heart. It’s total humiliation, it’s embarrassing as well as being heartbreaking.’
While Ryan admits that his character is utterly flabbergasted over Aadi being the person Courtney has been sleeping with, he makes clear that if Darren was to get revenge, he’d probably go down a different route as opposed to reacting with violence:
‘I think there’s always a chance that Aadi could be in trouble. I don’t think Darren is violent but there are other ways to get revenge on someone. He can certainly make sure that Aadi never earns a penny in business in the north of England, he can make things very, very hard for him’, he said.
‘And if Aadi is someone who’s ambitious and wants to make his way in the world then Darren could be a huge problem. Very early on in his career he’s made a huge mistake by crossing someone who’s in the peak of his career. In a business sense he could make things incredibly hard for Aadi but at the same time Darren sort of gets it, at 18 he was probably doing exactly the same thing.
‘Darren’s not a psychopath but he’s somebody who at the moment is very wounded. He feels like he’s lost the love of his life when he had a second shot and he’s not sure he can see a way back from it. So at the moment it’s just very, very painful and being in pain can make someone get carried away.’
Reflecting on what this means for Darren and Courtney’s relationship, Ryan said:
‘He’s not going to go running to her begging for forgiveness, begging her to come back, he’s going to try to match her in the humiliation stakes. He’s going to make her pay emotionally and also point out to her exactly what she’s losing and remind her that her life is going to be a hell of a lot less comfortable without him, without the attention and without the credit card.
‘He’s going to make this a hell of a lot worse before it can even start to get better.’
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