CORONATION Street’s Paul Foreman is going to hit rock bottom and turn to booze to cope in a new storyline, The Sun Online can reveal.
The factory assistant – who is played by actor Peter Ash in the ITV soap – has been living in bliss with vicar love Billy Mayhew.
Viewers watched last night as the pair celebrated Paul’s birthday and admitted they would love to get married to each other.
But things will soon take a dark turn and Paul will be left struggling to cope.
A source said: “Paul hits the bottle in a bad way and no-one can get through to him.
“He spends days surrounded by empty cans and his own thoughts.
“It’s going to be a real test of his relationship with Billy to see if they get through it.
“And Todd’s return won’t help matters.”
Billy’s ex Todd will make his return to the cobbles later this year after years of being on the run.
However it emerged this week that Todd had in fact been cleared of all charges and had no legal reason to stay away – adding another mystery to his disappearance.
Billy has become obsessed with finding him, even pushing Paul’s birthday to the back of his to do list.
Actor Gareth Pierce will take over the role three years after disgraced star Bruno Langley was sacked.
Todd was written out of the ITV soap after Bruno, 37, was convicted of sexually assaulting two women in a bar in Manchester in 2017.
Viewers were told Todd had assaulted a police officer and “gone on the run” and he has been sparingly mentioned over the last three years.
In recent months, the soap has dropped a couple of hints that Todd could be on his way back to Weatherfield.
His mum Eileen – played by Sue Cleaver – told Fiz earlier this year: “Every Mother’s Day or birthday it’s the same.
“I think this will be the time I hear from him but I never do of course.”
And vicar Billey Mayhew – who Todd had a relationship with – mentioned he was going to come face-to-face with “a blast from the past”.
Since being axed from the soap, Bruno has retrained as a professional portrait photographer.
He previously said of his new career: “I’m really happy being creative in this way.
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“I’ve been taking time out to catch my breath, reassess what is important to me and to make myself a better person.”
Bruno played Todd in Coronation Street for 16 years before he admitted grabbing the crotches of two women in a nightclub in 2017 after a boozy night out.
Bruno was spared jail but was issued with a 12 month community order, an electronic tag and ordered to stick to a curfew as well as pay compensation to his victims.