Neighbours star Richie Morris on fallout from Bea's exit storyline

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Neighbours star Richie Morris has called for his character Levi Canning to stay single for a while following Bea Nilsson's departure.

Levi was recently left distraught when Bea chose to end their relationship and leave Ramsay Street for good.

In real life, Bonnie Anderson – who played Bea – made the decision to leave Neighbours after three years in the role. She is now pursuing other career opportunities, including her singing career.

Photo credit: FremantleMedia Australia - Channel 5
Photo credit: FremantleMedia Australia - Channel 5

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Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about Bonnie's exit, Richie admitted: "It was honestly such a shock! I was like: 'Bonnie, you've got to stay'. But I understand that she is so talented and she's such an amazing singer.

"Whatever she does next is going to be insane, she's already killing it now. It was so sad, but I completely get that she needs to do her own thing for a while."

Discussing why Levi and Bea's relationship went wrong, Richie continued: "I think they both had different perspectives on life a bit. Levi wasn't comfortable with living in a grey area where he wasn't sure of certain things with Bea.

"And maybe Levi tried to overcompensate by flooding her with signs of gratification and love – it might have been a little too suffocating for Bea. They have different love languages.

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

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"Levi now struggles to comprehend what's happened. When something ends so abruptly, it's hard to wrap your head around it and make sense of it.

"So Levi goes to being in his shell, to being full of rage and crying. So it's a rollercoaster of emotions for him."

Earlier this week on UK screens, Levi struck up an unexpected bond with his neighbour Harlow Robinson, who's also struggling following the departure of her boyfriend Brent Colefax.

Gossip later spread that Levi and Harlow could have spent the night together, but they soon set the record straight by insisting that nothing had happened between them.

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

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However, asked whether Levi and Harlow would be suited, Richie replied: "I think they would make a good match, to be honest. They are really compatible in the sense that they have a good time with each other.

"They have a really solid friendship, where they talk to each other and confide in each other about the things that they face and are struggling with – both in relationships and general life. So I think it would be interesting to pursue that.

"Harlow is, morally speaking, true to herself and I think Levi has that same personality trait. They both stand by what they believe and understand each other really well."

On Levi's future in the short-term, Richie added: "I think it's good to be single for a bit and get his mojo back! I don't think it's healthy for him to deal with a break-up by jumping into another relationship – he can barely look after himself in the aftermath of Bea.

"So he definitely needs to stay single for a while."

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.

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