Neighbours' April Rose Pengilly has defended co-star Sharon Johal from trolls over the current affair storyline.
In recent weeks, viewers have seen Dipi Rebecchi and Pierce Greyson cheating on their respective spouses with each other. Sharon, who plays Dipi, has experienced online abuse as a result.
In a recent Instagram Story, April – who plays Chloe Brennan, the character being cheated on by Pierce – was promoting Ausmusic T-Shirt Day (which is happening this week), when she spoke up for her co-star.
"P.S. Please stop being mean to my friend @sharonjohal," she wrote, alongside a photo of her and Sharon together from earlier this year. "It's a TV show, and we have zero input on the storyline/what our characters do.
"We both hated having to be fake upset with each other and are still very much in love IRL."
Sharon's original Instagram post asked trolls to "stay calm".
"To those trolling me direct, please remember that I am an actor playing a role in a story I did not create or have any control over," she said. "Also, there are two people who have messed up in this situation, not just the female."
In Australia, Chloe has discovered Dipi and Pierce's affair, with the fallout between everyone involved in the storyline currently airing.
UK viewers will see the discovery happen by the end of the month, as Nicolette Stone finds out about the truth next week.
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).
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