Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
John Paul McQueen has inadvertently confessed to the mini-bus crash in Hollyoaks.
The confession took place in Thursday's (April 21) first-look episode during the school's fundraiser for injured student Freya.
This was supposed to be a big moment for Freya as she was going to address her fellow students for the first time since the crash, but was interrupted by John Paul – who had once again been drinking due to his guilt.
Snatching the microphone from Freya's hands, John Paul called the teen a "brave and inspirational young woman" but then insisted there was something he needed to say.
"I can't do this anymore," he admitted to a confused audience. "I need to tell you all the truth."
Prince intervened to pull John Paul off stage before he confessed, then dragged him away. As Prince tried to talk John Paul down backstage, neither one realised that blackmailer Olivia had turned on the audio for the microphone.
"I don't know if I can cope with everyone out there saying how wonderful I am and all the time, I'm the one responsible for what happened," they all heard John Paul telling Prince.
Prince tried to convince John Paul that the details of the crash stayed between them, adding: "No-one ever has to know."
Except, at that very moment, Freya, her mum DS Lexi Calder, Sally St Clair and everyone else in the auditorium were hearing this inadvertent confession for the cover-up!
The storyline will continue in dramatic fashion in upcoming episodes as John Paul reveals more about his drinking to Sally, forcing her to take drastic action. Will this lead to Olivia's identity as the blackmailer being outed?
Hollyoaks now streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4. Selected omnibus episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video.
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