Shabnam: "Our marriage is over" - Pictures


Some of us would say this was seen from a mile off but next week, Shabnam will tell Kush their marriage is over. Shabnam recently found out that Kush is the father of Stacey's son Arthur and although it happened during a break in their relationship, it seems too much for Shabnam to cope with.

The week starts with Shabnam asking Kush to move away from Walford with her. She soon realises that his feelings for his son are too strong for him to abandon him. This leads Shabnam to come to the decision that she can no longer be married to him.


Rakhee Thakrar, who plays Shabnam, revealed: ​"She knows too well you can only avoid your child's existence for so long, and actually it's very damaging.

"She loves Kush, and when you truly love someone you do what's right for them, even if they don't know it at the time. Not to mention what it'd be like for Arthur to grow up not knowing the truth about his own blood.

"It's the right thing to do, and she wants to make things right. She needs to make something right in her life.​"


Shabnam feels passionate about her decision and prepares to move to Pakistan. Thakrar said: ​ "I think this is a classic Shabnam reflex. She's been pushed to the edge and she can only jump or run. So she wants to run, as far away from this mess as she can.

"However, who knows if she will give in to this impulse. She's grown a lot this past year and I'd like to think she has a bit more fight left in her.​"

When asked about her daughter Jade Thakrar added: ​"She aches for her daughter but it's complicated.
"She's happy if Jade's happy, and from what she can see, Jade is being looked after. I think that does make her question whether Jade needs Shabnam really.


"When Zaair died, she was faced with a harsh reality that we tend to avoid a lot of the time - things can go wrong at any moment. So her main priority is always, what does Jade need? She loves seeing her around, even if it's from afar.


"She finds Jade's blunt nature very amusing and is very proud of the way she has such a strong sense of self. She desperately hopes one day Jade will forgive her for giving her up."


EastEnders will air these scenes next week on BBC One.

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