As we reported yesterday, Coronation Street residents Maria Connor and Marcus Dent are about to share a steamy night of passion, that will result in Maria becoming pregnant!
It’s a plot twist that’s set to send shockwaves through the Street, given of course that Marcus is gay!
And while speaking to the Daily Mirror about the storyline – which will see Maria (Samia Ghadie) and Marcus becoming a couple, much to the chagrin of Maria’s boyfriend Jason (Ryan Thomas) – Charlie Condou who plays Marcus reckons it’s actually a relatively common scenario.
While revealing that although he’s gay in real life, he formerly had a relationship with a woman, he said, “I had relationships with girls when I was a teenager, probably because I was struggling with my sexuality and not comfortable enough to come out…
“But then when I was around 25 I had a longer relationship with a woman. Looking back, it was possibly me trying to fit in or feeling like I wanted a family.
“But at the risk of being too graphic, we had a good sex life and I definitely fancied her.
“Maybe at the time I had the fantasy that being gay was a phase, but for me the relationship just didn’t feel right and that’s ultimately how I knew that I was very definitely gay.
“But it’s not uncommon and I’ve come across it many times. I know guys who are married with kids who are very much in love with their wives, who were gay for years.
“The Coronation Street producer has a friend who it happened to as well.”
He added, “Some people say the gay community are going to be up in arms about the story, but it happens.
“There are some people who fall in love with a person, rather than the person’s gender.”
As mentioned, Charlie is gay in real life, and he and his partner Cameron are raising daughter Georgia Mae, whose mother is a friend of Charlie’s. They’re eagerly awaiting the birth of their second child.
However, recently, actor Rupert Everett said he couldn’t “think of anything worse” than being brought up by two gay dads.
Of his remarks, Charlie said, “He’s entitled to his opinion, but I think it’s very sad someone his age seems like he has so much ¬internalised homophobia.”
And of Georgia, proud dad Charlie said, “You always think your children are perfect but Georgia is a lovely, happy kid.
“I imagine when she goes to school she’ll realise that her family is not quite like others, but most kids in her nursery class come from divorced families already.
“She knows kids who have been adopted and kids with disabled siblings – there are all sorts of families.
“She calls Cameron ‘Wawa’, which is really sweet and she says, ‘lots of people have mummies and daddies, but only I’ve got Wawa’.
“She doesn’t have any issue with it at all.”
But returning to the Marcus and Maria plotline, Charlie said, “I’m 100% behind the storyline. Some people will find it too strange and can’t deal with it.
“But others will think that as long as they are happy it’s nobody else’s business.”
Well said Charlie!
What do you think of this plotline? In the meantime, here’s a reminder of how close the couple have been getting of late…