In tonight’s Coronation Street, David (played by Jack P. Shepherd) secretly went to the clinic to check if he had contracted HIV from Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton).
He walked out of the clinic before being tested and subsequently split up with Shona Ramsey (Julia Goulding).
Shona begged him to reveal why he had “stopped loving her”, but he failed to mention the real reason for their split.
She then moved out from David’s house and confronted Josh over their close friendship.
Josh later approached David and told him not to split up with Shona because of what had happened.
When David started to crack, Josh lightly threatened: “You’re going to ruin things for the both of us and I can’t let that happen!”
In upcoming scenes, David will spiral further out of control and sleep with new 19-year-old trainee hairdresser character Emma Brooker (Alexandra Mardell).
Emma will arrive in Weatherfield this spring start an apprenticeship at Audrey Roberts’ (Sue Nicholls) salon alongside David.
Following David’s split with Shona tonight, he will have a one-night stand with Emma as he struggles to cope with Josh’s jibes.
Corrie boss Kate Oates revealed that David will continue to push his loved ones out of the picture as he struggles to cope.
Splitting with Shona, David will sleep with the salon intern to “prove his masculinity” to himself.
Speaking to the Metro, Kate said: “After what he has been through, David’s head is all over the place and nobody knows what is going on with him.
“When he meets this young newcomer, it’s almost like he’s trying to find a way to hide in plain sight.
“In his mind, he feels he has to prove his manhood.
“By this point he has finished with Shona who is completely bewildered over what went wrong between them.”
Fans of the show witnessed David waking up to distressing scenes in the attacker’s bed last month after realising he had been sexually assaulted.
Since then he has struggled with Josh’s torment and the fact his workplace overlooks his house.
Kate continued: “How David deals with his bottled up torment is very self destructive. David’s life has been turned upside down.
“The way he tries to deal with his torment may serve to push his loved ones even further away.
“Sleeping with Emma will be one of his big mistakes and it’s a way of him trying to get across to himself he has this masculinity and can attract girls.
“He goes to extreme levels to try and block out what has happened to him.”
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