The following article contains discussion of themes including childhood sexual abuse that some readers may find upsetting.
EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders has revealed why Janine Butcher plans to leave Walford.
Janine is already planning to flee the Square with her daughter Scarlett Butcher because her relationship with boyfriend Mick Carter is hitting the skids.
Tuesday's episode (May 3) saw Janine grow even more insecure about where she stood with Mick once Billy Mitchell told her about Mick's brief fling with one-time daughter-in-law Whitney Dean.
A furious Janine tried to warn Whitney off from coming around the Carters, but Whitney defiantly insisted that it wouldn't be long before Mick dumped her to reconcile with Linda.
At the same time, Mick was confiding in pal Mitch Baker that he had hang-ups about being intimate with Janine because of the abuse he suffered as a child from Katy Lewis.
Viewers will remember that Mick came to realise only a few years ago that he was groomed by care home worker Katy into non-consensual sex when he was a young boy, resulting in their daughter Frankie being born.
The trouble came to a head later when Janine's attempts to seduce Mick went down in flames. Later, a fed-up Janine admitted to Billy she'd had enough.
Janine was planning to make a secret exit from Walford as soon as she could convince a judge to give her full custody of daughter Scarlett later in the week.
"He doesn't want me. He's going to get back with Linda or he'll get with somebody else, as long as it's not me," she angrily reported to Billy. "That's the main thing. As long as it's not me. I love him, Billy, and I think I repulse him."
Will Janine actually carry through with her threats to flee Albert Square?
EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.
Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (www.nspcc.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline on (1-800-422-4453) or the American SPCC (www.americanspcc.org).
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