EastEnders bad boy Ben Mitchell (Harry Reid) will go public with his feelings for lover Paul Coker by kissing him in the Queen Vic.

Viewers of the BBC One soap have watched Ben struggle with his sexuality for years.

But after months of hiding his on-off romance with Paul (Jonny Labey), and then finally ending his relationship with Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald), Ben has decided to come out.

Harry Reid as Ben Mitchell and Jonny Labey as Paul Coker in BBC's EastEnders



Ben takes his relationship with Paul very public (BBC)

 

“I’m tired of pretending to be something I ain’t,” he told Paul.

“I want to be with you. I want to be your boyfriend.”

In an upcoming episode, Ben will take an even braver step.





Will Phil hit the bottle again when he sees Ben kiss Paul? (BBC)

 

As the surprised Albert Square residents watch on, Ben will kiss Paul in the Queen Vic…

But we reckon that could drive his dad, Phil (Steve McFadden) back to the booze…and he’s capable of anything when he’s drunk.

Phil has always been disappointed that Ben prefers show tunes to showing off to girls.

And we fear that he may go to drastic lengths to keep Paul away from Ben.

Put it this way: instead of getting hot and heavy with Ben behind a coffin in grandad Les’s funeral parlour (as they have in the past), Paul could end up in one of those coffins.

EastEnders continues on BBC1, Monday, April 18, 8.00pm.