CORONATION Street fans are heartbroken after Curtis dumped Emma Brooker – before revealing he has a terminal illness.
The medical student – who is played by actor Sam Retford in the ITV soap – broke up with Emma instead of telling her the truth about his life-threatening condition.
Curtis had been caught having a drink with a woman – with Emma’s dad Steve assuming he was cheating on his daughter.
But after Steve jumped to the wrong conclusions – Curtis admitted cheating, falsely.
And he broke up with Emma, telling her: “You’re amazing, you really are but I don’t think we’re right for each other.
“Last night was incredible, it’s just made things even more difficult. Emma, please.
“I already hate myself enough as it is. I just want to be honest with you, it’s not going to work and I don’t want you getting in even deeper because I’m just going to let you down.
“It’s better we end things now.”
She was devastated but later Curtis ended up being forced to admit the real truth to her dad Steve.
Revealing he has a terminal illness, Curtis said: “It’s a heart condition.
“I could have a totally normal lifespan or… that’s it. Any time, any place, anywhere, just stop.
“I suppose I’m no different from anyone else in some ways, none of us know.
“My heart has stopped a couple of times. In layman’s terms I was dead.
“I’d love to say there was a bright white light and heavenly choirs but nothing. I don’t recall anything until after the medics brought me back round.
“Why burden you with it and Emma? You can’t always get what you want and I’d rather Emma gets what she needs – a clean break. I’d rather she hated me than grieve me.”
Fans are heartbroken for the pair – but predict more heartache in the future.
One wrote: “Poor Emma, she really doesn’t deserve any of this #Corrie.”
A second said: “Curtis isn’t being honest with Emma, although he’s saying that’s what he wants to be! Poor Emma.”
Another added: “Why does Emma keep getting her heart broken? P**s off corrie! #corrie.”