Max Bowden’s love life would probably be deemed too unrealistic to be an EastEnders storyline.
The 27-year-old actor, who began his television career in Waterloo Road before appearing in Casualty and Doctors, first set foot in Albert Square in 2019.
Max becomes the sixth person to play the iconic Ben Mitchell, taking over somewhat controversially from Harry Reid, who graciously sent his successor some well wishes.
Although Max has shone as Phil Mitchell’s son and received critical acclaim from viewers and critics alike, his antics have left everyone talking.
It is reported that the actor made his pregnant ex-girlfriend feel “heartbroken” and “humiliated” after starting a relationship with co-star Shona McGarty.
Shona, who plays Whitney Dean in the BBC, is not the first co-worker Max has dated during his time at Walford.
BBC / Jack Barnes)
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Max had a long relationship with Danielle McCarney, whom he met on the set of EastEnders when she was a showrunner.
The actor described her as “the most beautiful woman on the planet” in a candid post congratulating her on her birthday.
Sadly, the couple split in June 2021 after two years together – but it is believed they are still friendly when no one else is involved.
A source close to the actor told MailOnline that the former couple hope to remain friends after the split.
“Max and Danielle’s split has been around for a while,” the insider said.
“The relationship was a whirlwind at first but ran into trouble a few months ago. They tried to make it work but they decided to remain friends. No one else got involved.”
Their breakup comes just a month after Max’s EastEnders co-star Jessie Wallace left a sexually explicit message on his Instagram post, which could imply the relationship is over.
Max shared an old photo from the NTA two years ago – and actress Kat Slater joked: “‘Remember… if you need me, I’ll cry…. I’m her’ with an emoji the accompanying winking emotion.
The reaction shocked followers of the post as they shared both awe and amusement at Jessie’s response.
One fan commented: “I’m speechless and laughing at the same time xxxx I love the love and jokes between the resurrected people it makes me smile.”
Another wrote: “@jessie.wallace_official Support m*** e. I challenge to use it as a pick-up line. Congratulations Jess,” along with a string of smiley emojis.
Max then began a relationship with insurance executive Roisin Buckle, meeting at a pub last summer before going public with their relationship late last year.
In a photo of the couple posted on his Instagram in February of this year, Max wrote: “The path of true love is never smooth” – William Shakespeare. Totally cringing but what a beautiful three days it was this time. “
However, the couple ended their affair and Max is said to have moved out of Roisin’s home in early March.
One source said Roisin was “crying a lot” and her hormones were “flooding all over the place”, while another commented that the couple had agreed to work through their issues.
In April of this year, it was announced that Roisin and Max were expecting their first child together and were determined to raise their child together.
The following month, Roisin started an Instagram account called ‘one_mum_and_a_baby’, where she began posting updates about her pregnancy and snapshots of her baby bump.
Alongside a photo of her ultrasound, she wrote: “In the beginning of 2022, at the age of 36, I discovered that I would become a mother for the first time.
“Being a mother has never been something I put too much thought into… I have everything I believe I want in life. My cats, my beautiful home, supportive friends and family and a partner with whom I think I have a long future.
“It was a big surprise to hear the big news and it was the beginning of a whirlwind of emotions and hormones. A lot of blood hormones.”
“Six months on… I’m a single mom now, very excited but the future is all unknown so I wanted to document my journey.
“I also hope to meet other women going through similar life-changing experiences while hoping to inspire women themselves.”
That same month, Max was reported to have left the house of his co-star Shona McGarty amid rumors of a blossoming relationship between the pair.
Shona was described as “a shoulder to cry on” for Max following his split from Roisin and the pair were spotted attending a country music festival with another couple.
At the time, a source told The Mirror: “Max and Shona are mad at each other. They’ve been spending quality time together for a while.”
“Max and Shona’s friendship is more compelling than the plot of EastEnders.”
A friend of the two actors added: “Shona and Max have been friends for many years but they are completely unrelated.
“Shona has been a great support for Max over the past few months and a shoulder to cry on.”
Max and Shona have not officially confirmed any romance, but he was spotted leaving her home last month and holding hands with the actress in a barbecue van.
Now heavily pregnant Roisin, who is due in August, has told a friend she is devastated by his new love interest.
BBC / Jack Barnes)
A source told Sun : “It was terrible for Roisin, she felt humiliated and disrespected, she was expecting a baby and despite being a strong woman she felt very let down.
“She never expected Max to move on so quickly, she believes they are taking a break, taking time out of their relationship to sort out their differences, having to see him and Shona together is heartbreaking.
“When he was photographed leaving Shona’s house, she had someone ask her what was going on; co-workers asked her if she was okay about it all, which she felt extremely embarrassed about. .. she feels like she’s at the center of a real-life EastEnders script.”
Roisin’s friend said that during the time apart, the expectant mother didn’t think he was in a relationship with anyone else, but things had been “troublesome” between her and Max for a couple of weeks.
She is said to have felt “heartbroken, humiliated and disrespected”.
The source said that while she feels “disappointed” by her ex-boyfriend, she now hopes that he will start to be more “supportive” – with her “excited” to be a mother.
Mirror has reached out to Max and Shona’s representatives for comment.
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