Home and Away spoilers follow.
Home and Away star Courtney Miller has admitted that she always knew her character Bella Nixon wouldn't be exposed as the mysterious Witness X.
Bella was billed as an official suspect when the gripping Witness X mystery played out on Australian screens late last year.
Viewers ultimately discovered that Willow Harris (Sarah Roberts) was responsible for betraying Bella's brother Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) by making a witness statement against him.
Reflecting on the story in a new chat with Digital Spy, Courtney explained: "Knowing my storyline quite far in advance, I knew Bella would never be Witness X.
"Bella could also not betray her brother like that, even if she believed he deserved to go to prison. He is the last family member she has left."
In one of Home and Away's biggest ever surprises, Willow wore a secret recording device while talking to Colby about Ross Nixon's murder.
Willow handed the recording over to ruthless detective Angelo Rosetta, before testifying against Colby in court.
In the aftermath, Willow left Summer Bay – but show bosses have confirmed that she will be back at a later date.
Asked whether Bella can forgive Willow, Courtney replied: "At this point, no. Bella is far too hurt by Willow's actions. Bella has not only lost a brother but a sister.
"Bella's anger towards Willow stems from hurt – hurt from being blindsided by her own family.
"Perhaps in the future Bella will understand why Willow did what she did, but for now Bella is too vulnerable to forgive."
Courtney also opened up about what the future holds for Bella as the year progresses.
She told us: "Bella has many 'lighter' storylines coming up. She starts to head down a creative pathway with her photography, which has been a lot of fun to film.
"We will see some new, interesting characters come onto the show. In 2021, I would love to see Bella continuing to head down this creative career path."
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
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