Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) and Gary Windass (Mikey North) are to call time on their relationship next week when recent stresses finally take their toll. Then there's the fact that Gary has had that recent dalliance with a certain Alya Nazir (Sair Khan), an encounter that looks set to become common knowledge in true soap style. Here, actor Mikey North reveals what happens when Gary and Izzy decide to call it quits and the effect their decision has on their nearest and dearest...
When did Gary and Izzy start to drift apart?
Things haven’t been right for a while. There’s been so much going on for the Windasses and Armstrongs recently and Gary has been so preoccupied with what happened with Phelan. They’ve both had a lot on their minds and money worries haven’t helped. They haven’t had much time to focus on them as a couple.
So do you think it was the Phelan fiasco that kicked it all off?
I’d say so. Since the whole Gary and Tina thing there have probably always been underlying trust issues, but ultimately the money worries they’ve had recently have put so much strain on them. It’s also been difficult because of Gary and Owen’s relationship being up and down, which has put Izzy in an awkward situation.
Does Gary still have feelings for Izzy?
Yes, of course. He’ll always care for her and they have Jake now too, so they’ll always have something between them. But I think they’re starting to get to a stage where they’ve almost forgotten they are a couple and meant to support and love one another. At the minute, all they do is bicker and they don’t even look forward to spending time with each other anymore.
Why did he spend the night with Alya?
Gary had come to the realisation that things just weren’t working between him and Izzy. He never went out to intentionally cheat on Izzy or meet someone else, but he and Alya had a spark the moment they met and she really caught his eye. There was just something about her that he was drawn to - it was probably fun and exciting for him, something which he hasn’t had at home for so long. The drinks had been flowing and one thing led to another.
Has cheating on Izzy made him realise how bad things had been between the two of them?
Yeah, in some ways. He does regret it in the morning because he doesn’t want to hurt Izzy and he hopes he wouldn’t have stayed over at Alya’s had he been sober. But Gary can’t remember the last time he had that much fun with Izzy.
Tell us what happens when Gary and Izzy go for a drink together and decide to split up…
It’s awful for them both. It’s as though they have nothing left to say to one another. It’s quite sad really. It’s slightly easier for them to come to the conclusion that it’s over because they both feel the same. They realise they don’t have a future together anymore, except for the sake of Jake.