EastEnders' Callum Highway to ignore concerns about Ben

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EastEnders spoilers follow.

EastEnders' Callum Highway will ignore concerns about his struggling husband Ben Mitchell in next week's episodes.

Ben was raped by newcomer Lewis Butler in harrowing scenes last week, but hasn't yet told Callum what really happened.

Callum (Tony Clay) has instead been left to believe that Ben had consensual sex with Lewis and has ended their marriage as a result.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

As Ben continues to suffer in silence, he's forced to deal with the repercussions of Callum's heartbreak.

Ben says nothing as Rainie berates him for hurting Callum, but Kathy soon starts to suspect that all is not as it seems with her son.

Kathy airs her worries about Ben to Rocky and attempts to do the same with Callum.

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Photo credit: BBC

However, Callum ignores Kathy's concerns about Ben – adamant that their relationship is over.

Worried, Kathy then gives Ben some strong words of advice, ultimately encouraging him to visit Callum.

With Callum clearly not willing to relent, Ben is still on Kathy's mind during Walford's jubilee celebrations at the end of the week.

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Photo credit: BBC

As Mick Carter shares words for Tina ahead of the talent competition, Kathy is distracted with her worry for Ben and ends up confiding in Jay about the situation.

Max Bowden – who plays Ben – recently said: "It becomes more and more apparent that something's not right. With Kathy, there's obviously that commonality and the fact that she was raped by Wilmott-Brown. There's also a brotherhood with Jay, who can see through the mask as well. The people who know him best star to see something's not quite right.

"I think Kathy will be very important. There's been a kind of missing link for a while with Ben and Kathy, as there's been so much emphasis on the relationship between Ben and Phil for years that we've missed a lot of the Ben and Kathy elements that keep them fresh."

EastEnders airs these scenes on Wednesday, June 1 at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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