Hollyoaks' Toby Faroe decides to leave village

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The following article contains discussion of sexual abuse and eating disorders that some readers may find upsetting.

Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Toby Faroe has decided to leave the village after splitting with girlfriend Cleo McQueen in Hollyoaks.

The couple broke up after a tumultuous series of events that saw Cleo planning to kill her childhood abuser Pete once she learned he was grooming another girl.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

Monday's first-look episode (June 28) opened with Pete taunting Cleo that she would have killed him already if she was planning to do it — and, indeed, Cleo did appear to be having second thoughts.

Meanwhile, Toby stopped by the McQueens' to visit her, where Nana piqued his concerns by explaining Cleo had been "glued" to her laptop before "rushing off".

Toby opened up the laptop to find that Cleo had emailed Pete to lure him into the forest, so he rushed out to find her. At that moment, Cleo was preparing to finish the job after getting Pete to admit to grooming a young girl called Sarah.

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

Toby rushed onto the scene to try to convince Cleo not to throw her life away by taking vengeance, telling her: "You're kind, you're good. I want to be a better man every second I'm with you. He's not worth your anger. No-one is.

"Just let it go. Let it go before it's too late."

Cleo finally relented as the police arrived, as Toby had called them about Pete's parole breach by meeting Cleo. With Pete being taken into custody, DS Cohen warned him he wouldn't be getting out of prison early again.

However, Cleo was dealt another heartbreak when Toby revealed he'd seen what she'd written about him in her email to Pete — that he'd scared her with his anger and controlling nature.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

"It wouldn't have worked if there wasn't some truth in it," Toby sighed as he walked away from Cleo.

Later, Toby explained that he couldn't forgive himself for Cleo trying to kill Pete, reasoning that his own nature must have been rubbing off on her.

Cleo insisted she loved that he'd "set fire to the world" for her, but this only worried Toby even more.

"Is that right?" he asked her. "You have no idea what I'm willing to do for you, and the scariest part is, neither do I."

Insisting he'd made his decision, Toby left Cleo heartbroken by telling her they were "done". In the aftermath, Cleo began binging on the Quality Street box she had in her cupboard.

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

Toby was hurriedly packing his bags because he'd booked a coach ticket to leave Hollyoaks. But will he actually go through with his plans to leave?

Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

Beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) is a charity which raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders, and supports those affected by them. Beat now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.

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