Emmerdale star Danny Miller has revealed Aaron Dingle's upcoming romance in the dales will hit a heartbreaking obstacle, as he dredges up the past.
The 29-year-old actor admitted Aaron's marriage to Robert Sudden (Ryan Hawley), who is currently in prison for murder, will rear its head as he tries to woo newcomer Ben (Simon Lennon).
He said: "The whole Robert thing reappears again and he suddenly has no idea what he wants in life again."
Affectionately known as "Robron" by Emmerdale fans, Aaron's relationship with Robert fell apart when he filed for divorce from his jail cell last year, cutting his husband out of his life.
Emmerdale spoilers have revealed the time has finally come for Aaron to move on when a hunky stranger in The Hop catches his eye.
However, it soon emerges Aaron and Ben have a dark history, as he reveals Aaron used to bully him for being gay in school.
Discussing the harrowing twist to the storyline, actor Danny said: "I think it brings up a lot of old ground that Aaron wanted to bury and move on with his life.
"That part of his life is something that brought a lot of dark moments for Aaron, self-harming and stuff."
He added: "Bullying Ben was his way of releasing the anger of what his dad was doing to him at home."
His father, Gordon Livesy, sexually abused him throughout his childhood, with Aaron keeping the trauma a secret until adulthood.
Danny revealed the encounter with Ben offers Aaron the chance to face up to the past, and see the wrong in his own behaviour as he dealt with the devastating abuse.
He said: "I think in Aaron's way, selfishly he thought ‘something is happening in my life personally so I'm going to make someone else's life a misery'.
"I think its that kind of self-loathing, inner angst that Aaron's always had.
"Now, he's come to terms with whats happened to him and surviving the ordeal and still being here."
He continued: "This comes up and there's so many different mixed emotions, obviously he regrets what he's done but also, in his mind, he's justified why he's done it."
Trying to move past the conflict, Aaron's romantic feelings override his buried guilt, as Ben offers the chance for him to move on from his failed marriage to Robert.
Danny said: "He's embarrassed why he would make those life choices back then and bully a lad who is obviously quite genuine and has a heart."
The soap star added: "He clearly fancies Ben from the start and he doesn't want to ruin that opportunity."
Actor Simon, who plays dishy newcomer Ben, admitted his character feels a rush of emotions when he meets Aaron, unsure whether to trust him.
He said: "It's that moment between Aaron and Ben when their worlds collide again and probably a decade of absence all come back to the forefront."
Teasing the revelations to come, Simon added: "I think it's a sort of wave of emotions, an absolute plethora of different things.
"We'll learn a lot about their history and about what happened to them when they were younger."
Can Ben forgive Aaron as the two embark on a romance, or is there too much history between them?
Emmerdale airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on ITV
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