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EastEnders star admits she's biggest Ballum fan: 'I cried!'

You’d think that there might be some bad blood after that disastrous wedding but in actual fact, EastEnders star Shona McGarty has gushed that she is the top fan of Ben and Callum.

Admitting that she sobbed at the proposal episode, she told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’ve said this so many times, and I will continue to say it. I ship Ballum so much. I watched Ben’s proposal to Callum and it was just beautiful.

‘With Lexi and everyone all being involved… I did cry (laughs). It was really sweet and lovely. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next.’

Mate, same.

But never mind Ben and Callum, what’s to come for Whitney? As she gets closer to Kush, Gray is left seething with jealousy and Shona admits her alter ego is in danger.

She sighed: ‘Obviously Whitney doesn’t know that Gray’s jealous at all. But as a viewer yeah. In the words of Whoopi Goldberg – you in danger girl!’

With Whitney’s past, she is particularly vulnerable to abusive and controlling men and Shona was keen to delve deeper into that aspect.

She mused: ‘She was abused by her stepfather at the age of 12. It never leaves you, it damages you as a person. When I did that storyline with Chris Coghill who plays Tony I had a lot of letters and real life stories, people telling me about what happened and their experiences with abuse and how it never quite leaves you.

‘So that’s really important to play throughout Whitney’s journey on the Square no matter how long she’s there for. Especially when it comes to men and relationships. I think she’ll always be slightly vulnerable.’

She added: ‘Whitney’s always wanted to be part of a family. She’s the babysitter of the Square if you like. Everybody is happy to leave their kids with Whitney because Whitney’s good with kids.

‘Gray’s got a really lovely house and two beautiful kids and Whitney just fits right in there. It’s only a friendship and she doesn’t see it as anything else with Gray. But she loves being around the kids and she misses Chantelle so she wants to make sure the kids are okay.

‘Plus Whitney will always remember how vulnerable and manic Gray was at the time of Whitney’s court case, and despite everything he turned up and saved the day for her so she’s forever grateful for that. She would do anything to make sure he’s okay and that his well-being is okay. She cares about him dearly.’

And this could ultimately be her downfall…

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