Coronation Street's Summer finally opens up about eating order after health crisis

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Note: This article contains discussion of eating disorders which some readers may prefer to avoid.

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street aired emotional scenes tonight as teenager Summer Spellman finally addressed her eating disorder after a health crisis.

In Monday's episode (April 18), Summer collapsed in Victoria Gardens and was later taken to the police station when the officers who found her mistakenly thought that she'd had too much to drink.

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After a tip-off from Amy Barlow and Aadi Alahan, however, Craig Tinker realised that Summer needed medical attention and called for an ambulance.

Thankfully, they were able to nurse Summer back around, but Summer's guardian Billy Mayhew was given a lot to think about when he spotted Amy in the street and she told him the truth about Summer's eating disorder.

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Photo credit: ITV

Later on, a guilt-ridden Billy sat down to talk to Summer as she finally opened up to him about her eating disorder, with Summer admitting that she is struggling with the restrictions of her diabetes.

"I want to stop, I do. I just don't think I can," she said through tears. "I hate being different, I want to be able to eat and drink what I want, when I want, and especially when I'm with my friends. Someone says 'Let's go grab a pizza' and it's all eyes on me while I work out the insulin stuff.

"I hated myself, I stuffed myself stupid and then I felt relieved after I'd been sick. Then just guilt – worry about my teeth and the enamel. I just don't want to get fat."

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"The diabetes just knocks everything out of sync," she continued. "I hate being denied stuff, I hate having to monitor my blood sugar – I just hate it.

"I'm meant to be going to Oxford and I am the most stupid idiot on two legs. I've let you down."

After hearing her side of things, Billy vowed to stand by Summer, promising: "We are going to get you through this. We are going to get you good professional help. Coping strategies. Agreed?"

"Agreed," Summer replied, before the two shared a hug.

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Photo credit: ITV

And it won't be long before the Weatherfield vicar jumps into action either, with scenes airing later this week seeing Billy call both Paul Foreman and Todd Grimshaw to the café to ask them for their help.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.

Read more Coronation Street spoilers on our dedicated homepage

Beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) is a charity which raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders, and supports those affected by them. Beat now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.

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