Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter, who of course plays mum Chas Dingle, has been telling Soaplife that her character is desperately worried about her son Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) who she says has “hit the self-destruct button.”
In coming weeks, we’ll see Aaron still struggling to come to terms with his role in the death of his boyfriend Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock), and finding some release in self-harming.
When asked how worried Chas is about Aaron’s state of mind, Lucy replied, “Very worried. Chas thought that by now Aaron would have accepted that he did what he did for Jackson for the right reasons and would have come to terms with Jackson’s death.
“Chas is worried Aaron’s ill and has been working too hard. He’s constantly out and is burning the candle at both ends. She just wants to look after him.”
And as has been recently reported, Aaron’s next bout of violence will see him threatening Jackson’s mum Hazel Rhodes (Pauline Quirke) with a wrench when she expresses her concern for him…
Of that, Lucy said, “He doesn’t actually threaten her, but lashes out and Hazel sees this.
“Chas is a bit dubious about Hazel coming back to the village. With Hazel back, Aaron is going to be reminded about Jackson all over again and he reacts badly to her return.
“As always, Chas asks Paddy for help.”
But when Chas finds a top of Aaron’s that’s covered in blood, she’s more worried than ever.
Lucy said, “She asks him about it and goes to unzip his top, but he holds her hand back and she doesn’t know if he’s going to hit her or what.
“But then he lets her look at it and also shows her all the slashes on his torso.”
Aaron then reveals that he believes self-harming is helping him, and he won’t agree to stop doing it.
Lucy said, “He says it helps, but Chas can’t get her head around it, and can’t see why cutting yourself would help deal with anything. She’s desperate for him to get help.
“She’s at the end of her tether and she doesn’t know what else to do…
“Her last resort is showing Aaron what it looks like. I don’t think she could ever do it, but she’s in such a state.
“Aaron takes the knife off her and tells her to calm down and she just crumbles.”
And when asked if Chas is worried that Aaron will actually try to kill himself again, Lucy said, “Well, there’s always the danger that he might slash himself and go too far.
“I don’t think she thinks he would actually kill himself in order to be with Jackson or anything like that…
“But he could bleed to death if he takes the self-harming too far.”