EASTENDERS’ character Stacey Slater, played by Lacey Turner, will launch an OnlyFans account to help make ends meet as part of a new storyline.
The mum-of-two – who has been played by Lacey Turner on the smash-hit BBC One soap since 2004 – will join the adults only subscription platform in an attempt to make ends meet after discovering her 12-year-old daughter Lily is pregnant.
An EastEnders’ insider told Politicalite: “Following the recent shocking storyline where her 12-year-old daughter Lily is pregnant, Stacey will have another mouth to feed.
“In the cost of living crisis, OnlyFans has seen a boom as people try to care for their families.”
And while bosses will look to tackle the issue “sensitively”, it’s expected she’ll “have some fun” riffing on her food van Stacey’s Baps.
The source added: “It’ll all be handled sensitively. But it’s likely Stacey will have some fun with her food van, too!”
The storyline – which will mark the first time OnlyFans has featured on a soap – will start to air on the BBC in the coming weeks.
The development comes after some money woes for the Slater family, while actress Lacey recently admitted her alter ego is reluctant to let her family help her out.
She explained: “I think it’s a pride thing for Stacey. Kat’s helped her many times, she helped her buy the van, for instance, so she already owes Kat a lot of money.
“Martin’s also giving money, as is Alfie and Freddie, so I think she feels like a bit of a charity case.
“At this point, it’s one too many handouts and it makes her feel small. She’s trying to do everything to keep her family afloat but Kat’s got all of this money and can just throw it about.
“I think there’s a tiny bit of jealously there, not a bitterness but its someone else bailing her out once again. Again, I think it’s more of a pride thing.”
EastEnders airs Mon-Thurs at 7.30 on BBC1 – new episodes drop daily from 6am on BBC iPlayer.