Coronation Street bosses have confirmed plot rumours that 12-year-old Faye Windass will fall pregnant later this year in a shock storyline.
Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn responded to rumours which first surfaced in June that troubled tween Faye, played by 13-year-old Ellie Leach, will have a shock pregnancy.
He called the storyline, which will see Faye become the youngest character in Coronation Street's history to have a baby, 'a massive responsibility'.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Stuart said: "It's going to be horrible for all of her family. The first response for parents in a situation like that would naturally be, 'Where have we gone wrong?', so that'll be the case for Anna, Owen and Tim.
"They'll wonder how to deal with it and how to support a young girl who's in that position. Anna and Owen will be close again by this stage, but it doesn't necessarily mean that they'll have the right answers.
"Teen pregnancies don't result in long-term welfare checks and a really easy life - it's a nightmare at that age so it's going to affect her physically and emotionally. It'll also affect her education. Faye is already a character who always worries that she's different, so this will only add to her fears of feeling like an outsider.
"It's a biggie and it's one of those stories where we've got a massive responsibility to get it right. Things are better than they were 20 years ago, but it's still a reality for tens of thousands of people out there."
Back in 2000, Corrie character Sarah-Louise Platt became pregnant at 13, and welcomed daughter Bethany.
Faye arrived on the cobbles in 2011. Recently her parents have struggled with financial problems, with job insecurities and bankruptcy threatening the family.
It hasn't been confirmed exactly when Faye's pregnancy will be revealed.