IAN Beale is left stunned in tonight’s episode of EastEnders when his mum, Kathy Beale, snogs Masood Ahmed in front of him.
The shock lovebirds confirm that they are back together with a public display of affection in the Queen Vic.
Masood, played by Nitin Ganatra, is Ian [Adam Woodyatt]’s business partner – and he was left delighted last night when Kathy [Gillian Taylforth] returned to Albert Square after some time away and admitted that she wanted to rekindle their romance.
Surprised viewers first saw the pair strike up a relationship last year, but Kathy put a stop to it when Ian struggled to come to terms with it and blamed them kissing on the failure of his restaurant opening.
However, Kathy will now stand up to her son – telling him that she and Masood are officially back together and there is nothing that he can do about it.
In the teaser pictures, Ian looks horrified as Masood plants a kiss on his mother’s lips.
Another shot shows the new couple grinning enthusiastically at the Walford businessman.
Unfortunately for Kathy, her new romance looks set to be short-lived, with it recently being confirmed that Nitin had quit the BBC One soap – just over one year after returning.
Last month, the 51-year-old actor announced that he was leaving the show for a second time to explore “new horizons”.
His departure comes ahead of his character’s feisty nieces Iqra and Habiba’s arrival to the square after being hired by ex-Corrie boss Kate Oates.
In a statement to Digital Spy, Nitin said: “When I was asked to return to EastEnders, it was always with the intention of helping set up new Asian characters that continue the Masood family adventures.
“With Arshad and Mariam at the helm and with the arrival of the feisty sister Iqra and Habiba, I can now venture off to new horizons as an actor.
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“I am still deeply attached to Masood and have invested much emotion into making this character memorable.”
Nitin joined EastEnders in 2007 and left for the first time nine years later.
It’s not yet known how the character will exit Walford – or if his new love, Kathy, will be spared heartache and leave the E20 with him.
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