Dying Lola Pearce devastated by cheating bombshell in EastEnders

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DIAGNOSED with a terminal brain tumour, Lola Pearce has been adamant on living her life to the fullest.

Sadly, the beloved EastEnders character gets a devastating blow when her husband Jay Brown seems to have cheated.

Lola Pearce gets a devastating blow next week

Her mother Emma spots Jay with another woman

But it’s all a misunderstanding

The hairdresser played by Danielle Harold is due for an emotional exit, as it was recently confirmed in an explosive flash-forward scene.

But before she bows out due to her illness, Lola is a growing cause for concern for both her husband Jay (Jamie Borthwick) and her daughter Lexi Pearce (Isabella Brown).

Lola zones out, which only reinforces their worries, but she categorically refuses to get checked out.

Instead, she pours all of her energy into a brain tumour awareness fundraiser until she zones out again.

This time, Jay insists they go to hospital and tries to convince Lola to get a counsellor for Lexi but, once again, she refuses, adamant on supporting her daughter herself.

Jay eventually convinces Lola to relent and counselling is arranged for Lexi – until Emma Harding (Patsy Kensit) arrives.

The mechanic is left frustrated when Emma undoes all his good work but she reveals she came to Albert Square out of worry after Lexi called her.

Lola is concerned that Emma secretly gave Lexi her number and encouraged her to lie, but she can’t stay mad at her long-lost mother for very long… Unlike Jay.

The latter is fuming when Lola cancels the counsellor appointment after Emma voices her opinion.

Emma and Jay soon butt heads over their different approaches to Lola’s condition.

While Emma wants him to stop being so over-protective, Jay is determined to push Lola to put her feet up and he’s soon proven his approach may be the best one yet.

After they convince Jay to go out and relax with Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and his husband Callum Highway (Tony Clay), Emma and Lola head to the hospital, where the doctor has some worrying news.

Upon their return, and despite Lola’s wishes, Emma goes to fetch Jay whom she finds in the company of a woman named Shanti.

The latter bumps into Jay and strikes up a conversation with him whilst out on a hen night she isn’t enjoying.

Unfortunately, Emma gets the wrong idea when she walks in and sees them being too close for comfort.

In later scenes, Jay is shocked to arrive home to a furious Lola who tells him that Emma saw him with Shanti and he needs to get out.

Faced with cheating accusations, will Jay convince Lola he’s innocent?

Could this deepen the growing wedge between him and Emma?

Could this also reopen old wounds for Lola and Jay?

EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Emma and Jay are at loggerheads, unable to agree on how to take care of Lola

Will they ever get on?