This year was never going to be easy for Aaron Livesy, given that his boyfriend, Jackson Walsh, is struggling to adapt to a new way of life after being paralysed in a terrible accident. But while the lad has vowed to stand by his man, Jackson worries that the mechanic is putting his own life on hold – and this week tries to push his boyfriend away…
“Aaron still blames himself for the crash, and the fact that Jackson’s in a wheelchair,” sighs Danny Miller, who plays Aaron. “The whole thing has been really hard for him to deal with. He wants to be there for Jackson and make amends for what he’s done. But Jackson’s so caught up in his depression that he’s not making things easy for Aaron.”
Since Jackson was discharged from hospital, Aaron’s been playing the role of dutiful boyfriend, spending every waking hour at his bedside. But as he begins to turn down invitations to join his mates on nights out, Jackson becomes concerned that Aaron’s wasting his life.
“When Jackson suggests that he’s spending too much time with him, Aaron’s upset,” Danny explains. “In a way, he wanted to hear that – but as soon as the words are out of Jackson’s mouth, Aaron wishes he hadn’t said it. He knows he has to be loyal to his boyfriend, but Jackson basically tells Aaron that he wants him to go out and live his own life.”
With Aaron reluctant to leave his fella’s side, Jackson records his concerns about their romance in a video diary. Meanwhile, Aaron’s worried mum, Chas, tells her son that he needs to give Jackson some space.
“It’s not easy for anyone to hear from their mum that they’re spending too much time with their partner,” shares Danny. “So Aaron’s pretty angry about that.”
“Eventually, he respects Jackson’s wishes,” the actor adds. “But it’s not what Aaron wants. It’s taken him so long to come to terms with the fact that he’s gay, and to get his relationship with Jackson on track. He loves him and doesn’t want to go out and start the whole process all over again.”
With recent reports confirming that Aaron is to get a new love interest, Flynn, it looks as if his romance with Jackson is about to come to an end. But Danny for one is rooting for the couple to stay together.
“If I was Aaron’s mate, i’d be telling him to stick by Jackson,” the actor muses. “If he and Jackson were to split, I wouldn’t want him to rush into a new relationship.
“Most of the viewers want to know when Aaron’s going to leave Jackson, though,” continues Danny. “It’s not the response we were hoping for! But I can see where they’re coming from, because Jackson hasn’t been the nicest person recently. Under normal circumstances, Aaron would have kicked him into touch.”
After his action-packed 2010, there’ll be no let-up for Aaron over the coming months. That’s the way Danny likes it…
“Last year was intense, but I wouldn’t mind if it stepped up a level in 2011,” he grins. “I had a meeting with our stand-in producer, who told me that I’d hate him by the end of the year with what he’s putting Aaron through. But i’m ready for it!”
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