CORONATION Street kicked off a romance plot for Asha Alahan and Nina Lucas this week as the pair shared a kiss.
Fans of the ITV soap have been predicting a love story between Asha and Nina for months after Nina defended Asha from bullies in the midst of the harrowing revenge-porn plot last year. Here’s the lowdown on their romance…
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What has Coronation Street revealed about Asha and Nina’s romance?
Corrie boss Ian MacLeod recently revealed there was a “heartbreaking” love story on the horizon for Nina.
He revealed: “There’ll be a fantastic and unique love story for Nina, which might not entirely end up where you expect now. The love story will turn into a massive social issue story that deals with tolerance of people who are part of minority communities and don’t look like everybody else.
He added: “It’ll become a real talking point – how does the world view people like Nina in reality? When they’re on Coronation Street, all of our characters take them under their wing – and the viewers have taken Nina to their hearts too.
“But in the real world, if you don’t look like everybody else, sometimes that can be incredibly challenging. We’re going to explore that a little bit in the show – to heartbreaking effect, I hope.
“That story draws in Roy, Abi and Kevin. It becomes a huge, emotive community story, with some of our favourite actors in the middle of it.”
Coronation Street kicked off the romance plot between Asha and Nina this week as Dev feared that Asha’s schoolwork is suffering as a result of her obsession with Corey.
When Dev confided in Nina, she suggested Asha might find it easier to study in the cafe.
As Asha helped Nina out in the cafe, Corey entered and begged her for another chance.
But Asha told him to get lost, leading Nina to applaud her before the pair shared a kiss.
What has actress Mollie Gallagher said about the romance plot?
Speaking about the match, Mollie revealed: “Nina is so free and I don’t think Asha has ever known anyone like that.
“When Asha met Nina I think she was wowed because Nina is so different and maybe someone that Asha wishes she was a bit more like in terms of Nina’s ‘don’t care’ attitude.”
Speaking about Asha’s decision to dump Corey, Mollie added: “(Nina) is impressed that Asha has done what she should have done and that she is starting to realise her own worth. Asha does it in such a strong way and tends to not always believe in herself so this surprises Nina and makes her see Asha in a different way.
“From Nina’s point of view, that moment came out of the blue. Nina’s feelings for Asha have been a slow development and at first she was just always being a good friend.”
She added: “Nina is a passionate person and does things with a lot of detail… they are two really good characters that can learn from each other. It is a really nice match.”
What’s the history between Asha and Nina in Corrie?
Corrie fans will know that Asha’s world was turned upside down last year when Kelly leaked a naked video of her from her boyfriend Corey’s phone.
Since the video was leaked, Asha has faced cruel taunting by her peers whenever she leaves her home.
But everything changed last week when Nina noticed Asha being laughed at and heckled by a group of boys.
Stepping in to save the day, Nina punched one of the boys hard in the middle of the nose, leaving him bleeding.
Asha and Nina then had a heart-to-heart about why she’d stripped for Corey in the first place.
When Asha admitted that doing as Corey had asked made her feel good about herself, Nina told her she was beautiful.
She then sent Asha a sketch she’d done of her, with ‘In case you need proof’ written on the back.
What has Tanisha Gorey said about Asha and Nina?
Speaking to Digital Spy when Asha became embroiled in the revenge-porn plot last year, Tanisha Gorey – who plays Asha in the ITV soap – revealed her friendship with Nina had ‘a long way to go.’
The actress said: “One of the unlikely people who steps forward to help Asha when she’s going through this is Nina.
“A friendship develops between Asha and Nina – and I love that.
“Nina knows what it’s like to feel different, left out and persecuted. That will develop and this story has a long way to go.”