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Inside EastEnders’ Jay and Lola’s off-screen bond — romance rumours and loved-up snaps

EastEnders alum Jay has been left heartbroken following the death of his wife Lola earlier this year, but off-screen, the actors have an extremely close relationship

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EastEnders’ Jay Brown and Lola Pearce were one of the soap’s most loved couples.

The pair, played by Jamie Borthwick and Danielle Harold, won over plenty of fans thanks to their relationship on the show. But this year, that all came to a tragic end.

In emotional scenes aired in May, Lola passed away following a battle with a brain tumour. Since then, Jay has been on a downward spiral.

The soap alum has turned to drugs and found comfort in Lola lookalike and sex worker Nadine. And in episodes this week, the pair slept together for the first time.

And things are only set to get worse. So, as things take a dark turn for Jay following Lola’s death, Daily Star is taking a look at their off-screen bond.

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EastEnders debut

Jamie’s Jay and Danielle’s Lola were one of the soap’s most-loved couples (Image: Getty Images)
Danielle and Jamie first met on the BBC soap which propelled them into stardom. Jamie joined the cast in 2006 while Danielle followed in 2011.

Lola made her debut as Billy Mitchell and Julie Perkins’ granddaughter. She stayed in the show until 2015 before taking a brief exit.

Danielle then returned in April 2019, along with on-screen daughter Lexi Pearce. She remainedon the soap until her character’s death, while Jamie has been a regular on the show for 17 years.

On-screen flings

The characters were together until Lola’s death (Image: BBC/Cat Yang)

Lola definitely had her fair share of romances on the soap. When she first joined, she had flings with Fatboy and Jay.

However, after a one-night stand, she got pregnant by Ben Mitchell. She then confided in Jay, who at the time was dating Abi Branning.

He ultimately cheated on her when he kissed Lola and helped her during labour. The two then started dating but broke things off amid the Lucy Beale murder storyline.

However, the stars aligned once more and Jay and Lola rekindled their romance in September 2022. But just a month later, she was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a brain tumour. After finding out it was terminal, Jay and Lola got engaged and tied the knot in January 2023.

Romance rumours

Rumours have circulated that the pair are together (Image: Instagram)

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The pair are no stranger to fuelling romance rumours thanks to their adorable snaps and declarations of love for one another. Earlier this year, the two looked loved-up while on a night out at the Broadcast Awards.

In one snap, Danielle cosied up next to Jamie for a mirror selfie and wrote in the caption: “My love,” followed by a heart emoji. She also uploaded a video of the pair in a taxi singing along to a song. She wrote: “Always be our song. I love you @jamie_b10′.”

Danielle and Jamie speak out

Both Danielle and Jamie have spoken out about romance rumours (Image: Instagram)

However, Danielle and Jamie have spoken out about theories that the two are together. The blonde beauty joked: “I’m just going to leave that one out there, because it’s too funny.

“It makes me laugh so much, I’d hate to squash it! I always say Jamie is the husband I never wanted or asked for, but nonetheless got,” she continued.

Jamie has always gushed over his former co-star (Image: BBC)

Jamie has also spoke out about his relationship with Danielle. He told Digital Spy: “We’re like brother and sister, and I’m with her every step of the way.”

He also added to The Sun: “We have a laugh on set, we know each other inside out, and we know what makes each other laugh. I’ve got Danielle’s back, and she’s got my back; we’re extremely close. We know when it’s time to be serious, we know when it’s time to be silly.”

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