EastEnders' Ben Mitchell pushes Lexi away during health crisis

Ben Mitchell (played by Max Bowden) promised Lexi Pearce (Isabella Brown) he would be a better father to her after her mother Lola's Pearce's (Danielle Harold) tragic death in EastEnders.

However, it seems he will let her down once again in upcoming episodes.

His refusal to acknowledge or tell anyone about his eating disorder means everyone assumes Ben is simply being selfish, but they are unaware of what he is going through.

In scenes of the BBC soap yet to air, Ben's illness causes him to abandon Lexi.

The family are furious and Ben starts to believe he won't be able to be a good dad to his daughter.

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In upcoming scenes, Ben and Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) try to tempt a withdrawn Lexi out for lunch.

When the schoolgirl tells them she wants to speak at Lola’s funeral, Ben forbids it, fearing it’ll be too much for her.

Lexi is furious, and Ben breaks down in the face of her anger until Jay steps in to make peace.

They agree to talk it over at lunch, and Ben reveals he’s decorated Lexi’s bedroom, so it’s now ready for her to move in.

At Walford East, Ben is struggling with his bulimia when Jay has to take a call and heads out.

With the toilets closed, he starts panicking and leaves Lexi alone in the restaurant.

Lexi becomes devastated by the sight of a mother and daughter together and runs out into the Square.

Her great-granted Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) is horrified to see her and realises Ben left her by herself.

Billy furiously lays the law down to Ben – telling him he needs to step up and be the dad Lexi needs.

Shaken up by the incident at Walford East, Ben backtracks on having Lexi live with him, convinced he’ll be a bad dad.

Will the family realise Ben is struggling with an eating disorder and be able to help him?

EastEnders continues on Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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