Are Charity Dingle and Vanessa Woodfield going to split in Emmerdale?

EMMERDALE’s Vanessa Woodfield’s departed from the village last month as she continues to battle bowel cancer. 

Vanessa’s exit will facilitate Michelle Hardwick’s maternity leave meaning fans will not see the vet on screen for some time. But does that mean a split could be on the cards? Here's the lowdow…

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Are Charity and Vanessa going to split in Emmerdale

Charity's casual announcement last month that Vanessa had already left the Dales to stay with her mum left fans fearing that the pair might split up.

But actress Michelle has confirmed that Vanessa and Charity will be continuing their relationship long-distance for now at least.

Speaking about how Charity’s mission to adopt Vanessa’s son will continue despite Vanessa’s absence, the actress told Metro: "Charity adopting Johnny is a massive step in their relationship.

"Obviously with me not being on-screen for the foreseeable due to my pregnancy, the story will continue going forward as Charity navigates her life and parenthood in the absence of Vanessa."

Has Vanessa Woodfield left Emmerdale for good?

Emmerdale fans are desperate for Vanessa to return to the village and reunite with Charity.

One viewer said: "Charity without Vanessa is like a Big Mac without large fries. This is gonna be a long rest of the year #Vanity."

Another added: "Love Charity. Miss Vanessa."

But with Michelle Hardwick and her wife Kate Brooks expecting their first baby in October, this departure storyline for Vanessa is likely to mark the actress’s maternity leave.

So if Vanessa does ever return to Emmerdale village, fans will have to wait a little while for her comeback.

Is Vanessa going to die off-screen in Emmerdale?

Emmerdale are yet to confirm the outcome of Vanessa’s cancer storyline. 

But given that Michelle has reached the seven month mark in her pregnancy, a death off screen could be possible in order to facilitate the star's maternity leave.

And Michelle hardly reassured viewers back in April when she made the ominous remark that she had always known what the ending for Vanessa’s cancer storyline would be. 

She told Radio Times: “I won’t say which way it goes, but I was told straight away.

“As soon as [Emmerdale’s executive producer] Jane Hudson brought me up, she told me the storyline and the outcome.

“I didn’t even have time to think about it one way or another. As soon as I was told the story, I was told the outcome.

“It wasn’t a case of ‘here’s the story but we don’t know yet’. So I’ve always known what happens in the storyline but my lips are sealed…”

Is Charity going to manage to adopt Johnny in Vanessa’s absence?

Emmerdale bosses are yet to confirm whether Charity is successful on her mission to track down Vanessa’s ex Kirin Kotecha. 

But that hasn’t stopped fans hoping she’ll be able to go ahead with her plan to adopt Johnny.

One fan tweeted: "#Emmerdale Also Kirin LITERALLY SHOOK THE CHILD. Why is it such a problem to have Charity adopt him?"

Another said: "If Kirin cannot be found then surely Vanessa doesn't need his signature for Charity to adopt Johnny?"

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