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Max Parker’s Emmerdale character Luke Posner outed for using ‘gay dating app’

The actor's soap alter-ego has been involved in a dramatic catfishing storyline.

By Jamie Tabberer

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: ITV

Emmerdale‘s Luke Posner was outed for using a “gay dating app” in dramatic scenes in Thursday night’s episode (3 June).

The outing of ‘jeans guy’ Luke, played by Max Parker (pictured below), followed Ethan Anderson, played by Emile John, posing as a catfish.

Luke, who’s currently n a relationship with Victoria Sudgen (Isabel Hodgins) then insists to Ethan “I’m not gay” – but Ethan enters an ethical quagmire by exposing Luke’s use of the app to his mother.

Photography: Markus Bidaux

The storyline follows Parker coming out publicly as gay in an interview with Attitude last December.

“I shouldn’t have sent the photos”

In the episode, Ethan tells Luke: “How many genuinely straight blokes pass the time on a gay dating app just for a laugh?

“You reeled me in and it’s sick. What is it you love – the attention or the power? I can’t hear it was just a laugh again so you’re going to have to do better.”

To this Luke replies: “Look, I get it – I took it too far. I shouldn’t have sent the photos. I’m trying to apologise here. When you asked to meet up I backed right off – that’s why I blocked you.

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“I like the banter – all I know is that I’m happy with Victoria. Nothing’s going on and I’m not gay either.

“I haven’t done anything wrong and I haven’t cheated on Vic, not once. I don’t have to do anything or face anything. I know what I want and it’s Vic so if you just keep quiet…”

Ethen later tells Luke’s mum Wendy: “He’s been messaging guys on a dating app. Me being one of them. Look this isn’t going away Wendy, maybe you need to have words before more people get hurt?”

Emmerdale returns to ITV1 tonight at 7pm.

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