Billy Mayhew and Paul Foreman from Coronation Street just gave their romance another go, but as Paul eventually discloses his motor neuron disease diagnosis, they may not have as much time as they think.
Former vicar Billy Mayhew (played by Daniel Brocklebank) of Coronation Street has experienced a lot of pain and loss throughout his time in Weatherfield. He will soon get the heartbreaking news that his partner Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) has motor neurone disease. Although a timetable has not been provided, the incurable condition will finally cause Foreman to leave the ITV soap opera. Daniel recently shared his thoughts on their relationship and how it would end in an emotional way.
In subsequent scenes, Billy recommends they plan a vacation and offers to pay for it since he is aware of Paul’s financial problems.
Paul makes an effort to seem excited about the trip, but he has a history of refusing financial assistance.
Paul, who is alone himself at home, answers a call from his MND expert eager to learn if he has motor neurone disease or not.
But when Billy gets home, he swiftly ends the conversation since he doesn’t want to tell Billy about it, which would make the problem a reality.
Since there is currently no treatment for motor neurone disease, Paul will ultimately succumb to the illness and pass away.
Despite their reconciliation, the pair will soon be torn apart as Daniel Brocklebank discusses Billy’s reaction to the news.
He said in an interview with Express.co.uk and other media outlets: “I believe with him clearly being, he is an archdeacon, he was a vicar, his work is very much about pastoral care.
So, although I believe personally he will be heartbroken to learn of his partner’s illness, I also believe that his professional talents will enable him to assist Paul.
I believe he will want to demonstrate his strength for Paul and may decide to stay. I haven’t read any of this, but I believe he will leave his emotional portions and may be more subdued.
This is obviously all about Paul since he won’t want to make it about him.
Regarding their romantic history, he said, “It affects individuals in various ways, and I believe if somebody is given a diagnosis of something that is fatal, people start to mourn before they have lost someone.
And although various individuals process loss in different ways, Billy, a vicar, has dealt with death often throughout the course of my years as his actor, including when Sinead Osbourne (Katie McGlynn) and Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) passed away.
He will be able to provide it to Paul because of all the other characters he has killed or supported.
It is a love tale, but it is one that is recounted from a different viewpoint since it is evident that he will also be coping with his own sadness.
Billy will mention having a new parishioner who also has MND move into the neighbourhood in the next weeks.
Billy’s first encounter with the illness might encourage Paul to tell his spouse the real extent of his ailments, which he has been downplaying.
Daniel remarked: “I think in a scene that he is trying to find a support group for it so I think in that respect Billy will be able to help.”
ITV broadcasts Coronation Street every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:00 p.m.
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