In upcoming scenes on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, Paul Foreman and Billy Mayhew are expected to get married.
The upcoming nuptials of Paul Foreman and Billy Mayhew (played by Daniel Brocklebank) on Coronation Street, according to actor Peter Ash, are a “beacon of light” following a tragic year.
ITV viewers witnessed heartbreaking scenes as Paul received the news that he had Motor Neurone Disease at the beginning of the year.
When he almost went to prison for stealing cars to help with money, it all came out during a trial hearing after being kept a secret from family and friends.
Fans have observed his symptoms escalating over time as his mobility has started to decline due to his open health condition.
Paul, who now occasionally uses a wheelchair, found comfort in making a new friend at a support group named Shelley Rossington (Natalie Amber) who also has the same illness.
However, this month his new friend tragically passed away from the condition, and Paul was tasked with organizing her funeral.
Paul has been the subject of a lot of tragic news this year, but there is one bright spot: he will soon marry Billy in Coronation Street’s first openly gay wedding.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk and other media outlets, soap star Peter Ash discussed how his character is feeling as the wedding approaches.
He retorted, “The wedding is like a beacon of bright light with everything else he’s dealing with right now.
In spite of all the bad news he has received since the diagnosis, this is something to look forward to.
“Getting to marry Bily is wonderful, ideal, and what he wants to do with his remaining time.
It’s clear that he wants to do this, so it’s not just a diversion from his MND.
He loves Billy so much, and while the diversion helps him forget about his MND and other things, the love is genuine and not just there as a diversion.
Official soap opera spoilers, however, indicate Paul is concealing something from Billy on the wedding day because his secret is about to be revealed.
Paul’s new wheelchair eventually arrives later in the week, but it is obvious that it won’t fit through the door when Billy and Summer Spellman (Harriet Bibby) inspect it with him.
A parishioner approaches Billy and congratulates him on his marriage with the aid of Ed Bailey (Trevor Michael Georges), who is measuring the doorway to fit the chair through.
Will everyone, though, have the same opinion of newlyweds of the same sex?