Emmerdale's Belle King keeps abortion secret from abuser Tom

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

In Wednesday's Emmerdale (June 19), Belle King kept a big secret from her abusive husband Tom when she decided to get an abortion without telling him.

Recently, viewers have seen Tom start abusing his wife, including getting physically violent with her. Tonight, Belle, who's been trying to hide her pregnancy, got wise to the fact Tom had started to track her movements, so she hatched a plan to sneak out of the village in order to go to the women's health clinic.

After Tom wouldn't let her take the car, she came across a spare key and managed to convince Amelia to look after Piper so she could attend her appointment. Determined not to let Tom know her whereabouts by tracking her phone, she left it in Esther's pram.

belle, emmerdale

Related: Emmerdale star teases Tom King's comeuppance in Belle abuse story

At the clinic, the nurse began to explain the abortion process to a fragile and despondent Belle, who could barely make eye contact as the nurse handed over a pack of pills. She told Belle she was four weeks pregnant and she would need to take several tablets between 24 and 48 hours apart.

Noticing Belle was clearly troubled, the nurse asked if she was okay and Belle explained that she hadn't told her husband about her decision. "It's not because I don't love him. Because I do. And none of this is his fault," she explained.

"It's all me," she added, sharing it just wasn't the right time to expand their family.

She then refused another appointment after the nurse asked her if she wanted to think about her decision and come back. "I won't change my mind," she admitted.

belle king looking at a box in emmerdale

Related: ITVX Premium free trial - how to watch ITV shows ad-free in 2024

Later on, Belle decided it was time to start the process and she took the first pill to terminate her pregnancy.

After, Tom later encouraged her to eat something to keep her strength up for the baby, unaware that she had taken the first pill shortly before. He then placed his hand on her stomach to ask if she could feel anything so early into her pregnancy.

belle king with tom king in emmerdale

Related: Emmerdale's Tom King to be electrocuted as baby story escalates

But Belle broke down after he started sharing how excited he was that they were having a baby. "This is the best thing that's ever happened to me and I can't wait," he told her.

With Tom's words ringing in her ears, Belle broke down in tears as he walked away.

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

Read more Emmerdale spoilers on our dedicated homepage

If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, organisations including Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk), New Beginnings Peer Support (www.newbeginningspeersupport.com) and Women's Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk) can provide further support and information. The 24-hour, freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247. The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or text LOVEIS to 22522.

You Might Also Like