BEN Mitchell will move on from Callum Highway as he goes on a date with a new love interest.
Viewers were left devastated when the crook (Max Bowden) brutally dumped Callum (Tony Clay) before Christmas in order to protect him from his dad Phil's revenge plot.
And there looks like there will be more heartache in store as in upcoming episodes the break up seems very final as Ben tells Phil he's going on a date.
The pair bumped into each other again as Callum left Walford to mend his broken heart – and it didn't go well as Ben reacted callously to seeing him again.
Callum was previously in pieces when Ben dumped him in front of the giant Albert Square Christmas tree last week.
The trainee policeman had grown suspicious about Ben's involvement with Jack Branning's attack earlier this week , with Ben's dad Phil torturing the officer for mistakenly believing his wife Sharon is pregnant with his baby.
Callum was horrified when Ben returned home with blood on his shirt, and eventually Jack warned him that it was Phil who'd attacked him and that the Mitchell family are all cut from the same cloth.
Callum then confronted his boyfriend, pouring his heart out as he proclaimed: "This is special, Ben. Me and you, I've been looking for this for half of my life and I am in love with you.
"Real and proper love, and it is beautiful, or it should be.
"You could tell me anything and it wouldn't matter to me."
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But Ben's response was not what he'd bargained for, with the Walford hardman shaking his head and muttering: "Why did you have to go and do that?" Before storming out of the house.
Callum followed him out and the pair had an emotional confrontation in the square while Holy Night played in the background-and Ben appeared riddled with guilt for his dark lifestyle.
Vowing that he needs to let go in order to "protect" Callum's "warm and cosy world", he told him that he was just "passing through" Callum's life.
Adding: "We had fun, you are sweet, you've got a big heart but hey, we're just not suited.
"I am not going to ruin you and I am not going to watch you get ruined, I don't love you.
"And I don't want your love."