But to what lengths will he go to keep it from being revealed?
As the harrowing issue-based conversion therapy storyline reaches an important peak, Hollyoaks will air a special episode showing the juxtaposition of such a heartbreaking storyline amidst the joy of other characters' journeys as they come together in solidarity with their individual stories colliding.
In Monday's episode, John Paul realises Carter’s true intentions have been to practise gay conversion therapy on him and, horror-struck, he confronts the headteacher.
Stunned and hurt that homosexuality could be seen as a sin, John Paul voices how someone’s sexuality isn’t a choice.
Elsewhere in the village, we see Nadira confiding in Peri about the pain Juliet caused her when she outed her to her family. And Ste fights to make his marriage work and for his husband to accept his children.
In a powerful scene, Sally shares the history behind the solidarity flag and what it means not just to her as a trans woman but also to the LGBTQ+ community. And the episode finishes on a high as those within it unite in the village.
Later on in the week, John Paul apologises to Scott for running out on him and shows him the anonymous post online saying he’s going to report it as a hate crime. And John Paul seeks advice from Ste about dating someone who is not out yet.
When Carter gives him an ultimatum, John Paul warns Maxine against Carter, but she tells him that it was only a night of fun.
Hollyoaks continues Mondays to Fridays at 7pm on E4 with first look episodes available weekdays at 7.30pm on Channel 4 streaming