The couple famously hooked up last year while Charity and Mack were suffering in the aftermath of a devastating break-up, but a one night stand was all it took for Chloe to fall pregnant with Mack’s baby.
Throughout the course of her pregnancy, Chloe had always maintained she was just a single mum without the baby’s dad in the picture, but having revealed the truth about the baby to Mack, the pair have been silently supporting each other behind the scenes, all the while Mack was planning his wedding to Charity.
Last month, on the day of his wedding to Charity, Chloe gave birth to a baby boy named Reuben, but neither Chloe nor Mack have ever revealed the truth about the little one’s true father to Charity.
As regular fans will know however, Chloe and Mack have recently been dogged by worry, after their newborn little boy fell ill with bacterial meningitis and has been fighting for his life in intensive care.
On Thursday’s episode of the ITV soap, Mack was seated outside the hospital as he wrestled with wanting to go inside to be with his son.
While battling with his own guilt, Mack shut Charity out when she tried to call him, with the concerned dad even rejecting her calls and questions.
Encouraged by his friend Nate, Mack did finally go inside to see his son and support Chloe, with the pair breathing a huge sigh of relief when it was confirmed that Reuben didn’t have any brain damage – something that medics had previously warned was a possibility.
As Mack shared an emotional moment with Chloe and baby Reuben, Charity and Amy arrived at the hospital to surprise Chloe, prompting Charity to finally realise what had been taking place under her nose this entire time.
Seeing Mack and Reuben together in the hospital, the penny finally dropped for Charity, leaving the new bride devastated at not only the betrayal – but the enduring nature of the lie.
As she came to realise that Mack is Rueben’s father, Charity spun round in shock as she appeared to have a panic attack.
Fans at home were relieved to finally see the truth out in the open, with several taking to social media to share their thoughts on the situation.
“Finally the secret is out!! Thank f**k for that,” said one viewer.
“Finally she gets it, F**king hell Charity took you about 3000 years thought you was smart bab, what a delightful hubby you got there,” echoed another.
Elsewhere people voiced their sympathies for poor Charity. An Emmerdale fan penned on Twitter: “Feel so sorry for Charity #Emmerdale so undeserving of this awh”.
After leaving the hospital, Mack went home to Charity with a large bouquet of flowers for her to confront him about his hospital trip.
“Say it,” she encouraged him, as Mack confirmed that he was Rueben’s father.
Emmerdale continues weeknights at 7:30pm on ITV and ITVX.
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