Stacey Fowler gave into temptation on Christmas Eve and bedded bad boy Max Branning.

EastEnders favourite Stacey Fowler found herself on the wrong side of TV audiences after she appeared to blame her husband, Martin, for her one night stand with former flame, Max Branning.

The well-loved TV character, played by Lacey Turner, once again tried to explain her infidelity in Thursday night’s double bill after confessing she had slept with Max on Christmas Eve.

After complaining about having ‘a massive house to sort out’ and moaning about Martin ‘leaving socks and towel on the floor,’ she confessed that she feels unappreciated by the household.

‘Why did I sleep with Max? You want the truth Martin? I don’t know. I don’t know. Maybe I’m sick to death of being stuck in here with three under tens. There’s five of us and I always come last. We have become so focused on them three that I miss you. I miss us.’

But her explanation didn’t go down well with viewers, who slammed her behaviour and vented their anger over her ‘terrible’ reasoning.

‘Just watching #EastEnders. Does stacey really think she is justified in any way?’ complained one viewer on Twitter.

While another said: ‘Stacey’s justification for sleeping with Max is truly terrible #EastEnders.’

And another moaned: ‘I like you Stacey, but you can’t use martin being lazy, as a excuse for you, to sleep with max. Like you can’t justify it #EastEnders.’

A fourth added: ‘Ok, soooo Stacey’s dissing Martin because he stands out in the cold all day to provide for 2 kids that aren’t even his?!?! #EastEnders,’

While this annoyed soap fan said: ‘Stacey cheating on Martin was okay because she wrapped the kids’ Christmas presents and does normal things a normal mother does, okay? #EastEnders.’

With Stacey seen leaving the square at the end of the episode with her kids in tow, what will the future hold for Martin and Stacey?