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EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders‘ Callum Highway will be left believing his husband Ben Mitchell has cheated on him in next week’s heartbreaking scenes.
Ben’s new story will take centre stage across next week, as Lewis rapes him at The Albert.
In the lead-up, Ben will contact Lewis on a dating app, following another huge bust-up with Callum.
A drunk Ben flirts with Lewis and then heads upstairs with him when the bar shuts, and one thing starts to lead to another.
When Ben receives a selfie from Callum and Lexi, he has second thoughts and tries to leave. However, Lewis refuses to let him go and rapes him.
The following day, Ben is met with some difficult questions from Callum about where he has been all night.
Callum’s suspicions increase when they bump into Lewis, who lies about them both being out on the town all night.
With Ben still in shock about what happened, he tries to confront Lewis about his actions but is horrified when Lewis tells him that he was the instigator.
Alone, Ben looks over his messages to Lewis, but is spotted by Jay – who is unimpressed to see what Ben has been up to.
As Callum tries to collect his thoughts as well, he is unsettled following a conversation with Sam, who reveals that she saw Ben coming out of The Albert.
At their flat, Callum bluntly asks Ben if he slept with Lewis. With Ben still processing everything that happened, he doesn’t deny it and a devastated Callum walks out.
Kathy is later stunned to hear from Stuart that Ben apparently cheated on Callum, and when she sees Jay’s reaction to the news, believes it to be true.
Furious, Jay confronts Ben about what happened. Ben goes to talk to Lewis but is interrupted by a fuming Kathy, who also shares some strong words with him.
Later, Callum confronts Lewis, who reveals Ben initiated things with him on a dating app.
At rock bottom, Ben doesn’t deny this but does tell Callum how much he loves him. Will Callum believe him?
EastEnders airs these scenes next week on BBC One.
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