Note: The following article contains discussion of rape and sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.
Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne has spoken about Peter Barlow and Carla Connor's future following their big row.
As the couple argued, Peter tried to score points by reminding Carla that he'd "forgiven" her for sleeping with Jordan. In reality, Jordan raped Carla when she was vulnerable and couldn't consent.
Speaking about the big row, Chris explained: "They both said some awful things to each other. The breakdown in communication made them both say things they wish they hadn't.
"There is no doubt that the love between these two people runs so deep, you can't go through everything they have gone through without being bonded forever in some way.
"That doesn't mean, though, that they are not going to have problems along the way. Their personal issues and addictions and their co-dependency is always going to flare up at times of stress and strain and they will make mistakes.
"Whether or not they can push through this and come out stronger remains to be seen. These are going to be very trying times – the fact that they both have so many demons can bond them, but it can also break them."
The argument was initially sparked when a misunderstanding involving Debbie Webster led to Peter being wrongly accused of cheating on Carla with Abi Franklin.
In fact, Peter has been helping Abi through her addiction issues and has stayed loyal to Carla throughout – although he had kept quiet about Abi drunkenly making a pass at him.
Chris explained: "Peter didn't really see anything wrong in what he was doing. He is a former addict and he really felt he was the person who should reach out to Abi. It wasn't a deliberate attempt to deceive Carla, he was just focused on the situation and stopping something happening.
"When Abi decided she did need his help, he was pleased she had reached out. He still regularly goes to meetings and he knew that was the way for Abi to get help."
On Abi's brief attempt to convince Peter to join her at a hotel, Chris added: "Peter doesn't see Abi in that way anymore and he feels they have moved on from what they had. He believes she is happy with Kevin, so he really didn't see that coming.
"That may be naive and he knows Abi well enough to know she is unpredictable, but he was genuinely shocked and frustrated that this happened. He thought he was getting through to her and helping her, but she saw it another way.
"Without a doubt Peter should have told Carla immediately and admitted he made a mistake trying to help Abi, but he thought keeping it quiet was the easiest route to take for everyone."
Chris also explained why Peter seems to be holding back when it comes to confiding in Carla about his own addiction demons.
He said: "In some ways he feels as though he is responsible for Carla and her wellbeing, so he wants to appear strong and in control. After everything she went through, he doesn't want her to feel as though she has to worry about him.
"The problem with that is that it makes it very difficult to have a full and honest relationship. When that breaks down, it lays bare what else is wrong with their relationship. They love each other but in some ways they are co-dependent and Peter can open up to Abi without any feelings of guilt or shame."
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.
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