Robert Sugden has taken off his wedding ring in Emmerdale after appearing to accept that Aaron Dingle has moved on from their relationship with Dr Alex – and his decision came after he carried out a kind and selfless act for Aaron’s happiness.
Having learned from his ways recently, a reflective Robert saw that Alex was struggling to get Aaron’s birthday right – and Robert could see a mile off that Aaron wasn’t going to appreciate the gift of dressing up and attending a performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Robert of old would have sat back and watched Alex make a fool of himself but Robert prioritised Aaron’s happiness and wanted him to have the best birthday – so guided Alex on his soulmate’s favourite film and even suggested Leeds Festival tickets which went down a storm.
Robert was chuffed to see Aaron’s delighted reaction with the gift but it was tinged with sadness as Alex basked in the glory and Aaron was looking at him in a new light. Putting Aaron’s happiness before his own, Robert conceded that he stood a better chance of a happy life with Alex but we’re not sure he’s right about that.
As Robert took the ring off, fans can be reassured that this isn’t the end – and Robert and Aaron will always have one another’s hearts. Alex may have struck gold with the gift but it’s clear he still doesn’t really understand Aaron and despite his win with the present, the chemistry is nowhere close to what Aaron had with Robert.
But while Aaron wants to give this new relationship a chance and Robert is fine with stepping aside, something will give in coming months to throw the former couple back together.
Can they make it work this time as a Robron wedding gets closer? And where will this leave Alex?