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Brooks: 'Janine is in love with Ryan'

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Janine Butcher in EastEnders

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EastEnders star Charlie Brooks has said that her character Janine Butcher is genuinely in love with on-off boyfriend Ryan Malloy.

In next week's episodes of the BBC soap, Janine stuns Ryan by asking him to marry her - a surprise move which leaves other Walford residents questioning her intentions.

However, speaking to Inside Soap, Brooks commented: "The idea of getting hitched again is a bit daunting for Janine, but I think that deep down she really only wants to be with Ryan.

"It's easy to assume that Janine is playing games or using him for sex, but I reckon she actually is in love with him. And Ryan clearly adores her too, so he may be the man to tame her wild ways."

However, Brooks also hinted that there could be trouble ahead for the couple if Janine ever discovers that Ryan is the father of Stacey Branning's baby daughter Lily.

She said: "Janine will be absolutely destroyed when she finds out. She wants Ryan all to herself, and the idea of a baby snatching his attention away would be devastating. All she needs is to be loved."

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