EASTENDERS actor Max Bowden hasn’t spoken to his pregnant ex-girlfriend for nearly two months as she prepares to raise their child on her own.
Roisin Buckle, who is due to give birth next month, found out Max was in a relationship with Albert Square co-star Seana McGarty in May, just weeks after their split.
Speaking about the breakup for the first time, Roizen’s insurance executive reveals the soap opera star has since missed key screenings and events, leaving her in tears.
The 37-year-old man said: “I was all over the place at the time, crying, not being able to look to the future without him by my side.
“There was hope that we could be co-parents, but I haven’t heard from him in about six weeks, so I’m not really sure what that means.
“The door is open and I will never stop him from seeing his son, so hopefully we will hear from him.”
It is understood that Max, 27, has since pledged to financially support his child.
Roisin says Max was invited to her 20-week scan when she found out she was expecting a boy, but he didn’t show up.
Friends tried to cheer her up by throwing a sex-reveal party.
But she spent the morning in tears due to the breakup with the actor.
Speaking about his new podcast, One Mom and Baby, Roizen reveals: “I was in a difficult position, me and my ex didn’t really talk, even at this point it was from time to time.
“He decided not to come. I was completely overwhelmed and felt vulnerable. It was very difficult for me. Even on reveal day, I cried all morning.”
And prenatal classes brought home the fact that she would be raising the baby on her own.
Roizen said, “You’re going through what was supposed to be the most magical time of your life and you didn’t have that person by your side and, you know, it was pretty hard for me to see that prenatal.”
Roisin’s best friend, 27-year-old Jez Jarman, who appears on the podcast as her first guest, accompanied her to her scanning and antenatal classes.
She describes her friend as a “surrogate father” and reveals that Jez will be by her side during the birth.
Roisin tells Jez, “You were so amazing. You will see the child come out.”
She met Max in a pub last June and found out at the end of December that she was pregnant.
He moved in and they excitedly planned their married life together. But the two began arguing after Roizen was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and agreed to spend time apart in March.
Roizen recalls: “We talked a lot about children, so we were very happy and excited.
“It was very scary, something serious can happen to anyone, so we were scared. But I think the general feeling was excitement and happiness from this new journey.
“We were together for the first three months, he came with me for the first examination, we told our parents. They were very happy for us.
There was hope that we could become parents, but I didn’t hear from him for about six weeks, so I’m not entirely sure what that means.
“Unfortunately, my hormones were very, very bad. In fact, I was diagnosed with depression and high functional anxiety. And it had a big impact on our relationship. Unfortunately, nothing worked out, we had a little fight, so we decided to take a break.
“This kid was made out of love, so I didn’t think we’d get back together, but he needed a break.”
And while Roisin knew they needed some time apart, she was devastated when she discovered that Max had left Shauna two months after their breakup. She said: “It was incredibly hard to read. If I had been warned, it would have been easier.
Max, who plays Ben Mitchell in the BBC series, got close to Shauna, 30, who plays Whitney Dean, in May. Kristen Bell Tattoos on Sunday revealed how they spent the night together.
After their breakup, Roizen was accused of trying to “lure” Max into a trap.
Roisin said, “The number of people who have been nasty to me is really shocking.”
But she has received support on Instagram since the launch of her podcast. Roisin added: “When I think of all these single moms raising their kids, all I can think of is their strength, they are so amazing. This should be admired by everyone, but there is so much stigma associated with women doing it on their own.
“But then something incredible happened. I realized that my future is connected not with him, but with me. It was about me and my son.”
A close friend of Max said yesterday: “Max is saddened to hear these statements from Roizen as he has made it clear that he will always be there for his son.
“But for the sake of his child’s privacy, he is not ready to discuss these issues publicly and wants to do the right thing.”
- LISTEN to Roisin’s “One Mom and Baby” podcast today at 2:00 PM.