Emmerdale fans hit out at 'psychopath' Tom as he manipulates Belle

Tom and Belle
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Emmerdale fans have branded Tom a 'psychopath' following the latest episode which saw him take his abuse to another level.

The episode opened on the couple, with Belle listening to one of her mother's favourite songs on the fifth anniversary of her death. However, Tom was argumentative and demanded Belle stay home to get a package he'd ordered, failing to acknowledge the significance of the day.

Tom went on to his performance review at work with Rhona and Vanessa, where he received some criticism about him mistaking a dog with cancer. However, he began to insult his interviewers, bringing up Rhona's troubled marriage with Marlon, before marching out.

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He went on to meet with Belle at a café, and complained about how late she was despite him not organising it earlier at all. He interrupted Belle when she was going to talk about her mother and talked about how everyone at work loved him, before Belle left in anger after he began to tell her off after the parcel from earlier failed to deliver properly.

They took their argument to the street, where Tom revealed he knew about Belle's mum all day, and he began to insult her. Belle, in floods of tears, pushed him before Rhona, Marlon and Vanessa rushed over to help with Lydia comforting Belle.

Tom used the events to describe how he had been left fearing that he was unable to help Belle, and that Belle had been getting more aggressive, while Belle was left confused, leaving fans of the show furious.

@BrightonTina7 said: "This is making me really angry now…Tom is a psychopath! Belle is a clever girl who should wise up to what he’s doing and Marlon and Rhona need their heads banging together!"

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Another fan, @MaryLuvsLaughin, added: "Some people may think Belle's domestic abuse storyline is exaggerated or too far-fetched but those people won't have experienced the fear, self-doubt, gas-lighting & the "walking on egg-shells" #Emmerdale are doing this abuse storyline so accurately".

@Janeymode said: "I thought My husband was engrossed in the darts on his phone when he said "I can't stand him he's vile" turns out it wasn't Luke Littler he was talking about and he was actually watching Emmerdale and talking about Tom". @ShakyWoon wrote: "Tom is doing to Belle what Kirsty did to Tyrone in #Corrie back in the day - the perpetrators making out their victims are the abusers."

Then, @cassam101 added: "Lydia annoyed me when she asked Belle if she assaulted Tom. She pushed him away and he threw himself down. Belle is tiny and very slim. Tom is a big man."

@Lioness_xx added: "This was the perfect example of the Narcissist ‘baiting’ their victim, making themselves the victim and then making out the true victim to be ‘crazy’. It is sickening but Emmerdale are doing this so well".