The following article contains discussion of themes including childhood sexual abuse that some readers may find upsetting.
EastEnders spoilers follow.
Mick Carter has made powerful admission to Janine Butcher over intimacy in EastEnders that could lead to the pair splitting.
Janine has been considering giving up on this new relationship and even fleeing Walford with daughter Scarlett because Mick rejected her attempts at seduction thus far.
Viewers have seen Mick privately confiding in pal Mitch Baker that he's uncomfortable with intimacy because of the abuse he uncovered at the hands of his childhood carer Katy Lewis.
In Wednesday's (May 4) episode, Frankie intervened because she could sense the obvious tension growing between Mick and Janine over their lack of intimacy.
After being convinced by Frankie to plan a romantic date, everything went pair-shaped when Janine had to wrap herself in cling film because the clothes she was planning to wear had shrunk.
Janine ended up passing out in the toilets at Walford East, and although the couple had a laugh over the debacle, talk turned serious when Janine questioned why Mick has been rejecting her.
Mick explained that trauma had come "pouring out" ever since the memories of his abuse were uncovered, but he didn't know how to process them.
"The idea of having sex, I just can't do it," he explained.
Mick then acknowledged: "Maybe, what it means, is that I can never be that way with you or anyone, ever again. So, I totally understand if that's going to be a problem. Maybe we should just call it a day."
What will Janine decide?
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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