Bella has recently endured a traumatic experience at the hands of online companion Tommy, who turned up at her house after weeks of grooming her and forced himself on her. In the aftermath of the attack, which saw Irene bludgeon Tommy with a champagne bottle to get him away from her, things aren’t about to get any easier for Bella.
Although her relationship with Colby is as strong as ever, it’s clear Bella’s life is going to be plagued with difficulties for a while. With a return to school coming up, her desire to keep doing well on assignments has disappeared now that Tommy’s positive influence has been revealed to be something much more sinister.
Speaking to metro.co.uk, Courtney Miller – who plays Bella – said: ‘Bella has great difficulty returning back to school for fear that everyone knows what happened. Along with this, Bella has difficulty concentrating and keeping on top of her marks as her mind is too busy worrying about Colby and the safety of herself. Bella just wants to be close to Colby and therefore school has become insignificant to her.’
It’s not just school that’s proving to be too much, though – her relationships with men moving forward have taken a severe hit. Courtney continued: ‘Bella has a disfigured understanding of men. She grew up with a forceful dad who she later found out was the murderer of her own mother. Although she has Colby and Dean in her life, Bella has learnt to distrust and protect herself against men. The situation with Tommy has caused Bella to distrust men even more.’
While some of the ladies in Bella’s life will prove to be a healing influence, there’s another clash on the horizon – and it comes from an unlikely source. As Colby struggles to deal with Bella’s emotional state following the Tommy situation, Courtney teases: ‘The relationship between Robbo and Bella gradually becomes more volatile as Robbo begins to see the effect Bella’s behaviour has on Colby. Robbo is trying to look after his mate by confronting her but Bella’s internal state is too unstable for her to truly understand.’