19 June 2017

EastEnders fans FURIOUS after Steven Beale finds out about Lauren Branning’s abortion – thanks to her jealous sister Abi

EASTENDERS fans were up in arms on Monday night as Abi Branning told Steven Beale a shocking home truth.

Family tensions are at an all-time high between Abi (actress Lorna Fitzgerald) and her sister Lauren (actress Jacqueline Jossa) – who is in a relationship with Steven (actor Aaron Sidwell).

A gobsmacked Steven Beale listens as Abi Branning declared Lauren aborted his child

And Steven found himself tested by his father adopted father Ian Beale as he pined for his biological children, giving Steven the cold shoulder.

During a Father’s Day focused episode of the BBC One soap, viewers watched as Steven grew increasingly frustrated with being rejected by his family while Abi simultaneously grew annoyed with Lauren stealing the attention of their father Max (actor Jake Wood).

At the episode climax, Abi followed Steven to his family restaurant and watched as the troubled character smashed up a canvas of his adopted dad, Ian (soap legend Adam Woodyatt).

During a heated exchange, Steven declared that Lauren is the only good thing he has in his life – unaware that she has been growing close to her boss Josh Hemmings (actor Eddie Eyre).

Abi Branning tells Stephen Beale that Lauren aborted his child in dramatic EastEnders scene
Abi dropped the bombshell during a Father's Day themed episode of the BBC soap

Annoyed that Steven thinks her sister is perfect, Abi buckled under pressure and abruptly told Steven that Lauren had aborted his child.

Viewers had previously watched Steven sabotaging condoms in an attempt to impregnate Lauren and keep her in a relationship with him.

The episode ended with Steven becoming enraged by the bombshell – but soap fans watching at home were equally angered.

“Who needs enemies when you have a sister like Abbey! #EastEnders,” one viewer wrote on Twitter.

Abi felt compelled to tell Steven about the abortion after he praised Lauren

“Lauren was pregnant with your child and she had a termination. Happy Father’s Day Steven love Abi #EastEnders,” fumed another.

“I’m actually on Abi side Steven deserved that you pushed her into exposing that #EastEnders,” another fan wrote.

While a further viewer was overwhelmed by the bombshell dropping so early in the week, tweeting: “That’s an unusually exciting cliffhanger for a Monday night #EastEnders”.

More drama is expected to fall on Abi when she celebrates her birthday later this month.

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