Matty Barton is ready to move forward with the next stage of his transition in Emmerdale following his attack.
After his attack at the hands of Isaac, which led to Cain Dingle also receiving a nasty beating, Matty decided he had to take matters into his own hands to ensure he could protect himself in the future.
The beating left him feeling pathetic and not manly enough, but Cain refused to help teach him to fight, so he turned to Ellis for help with training and bulking up. But disaster struck during a training session when Matty suddenly collapsed in pain.
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He later confessed to mum Moira what was really behind his collapse – the chest binder he was wearing had led to chest pain and made him struggle for breath. It made him realise, hes ready for the next step.
He confided in Moira that he was ready to push for the next stage of his transition, and that hed secretly signed up to the waiting list for top surgery.
I need to do this to be who Im meant to be, he told his mum when she showed concern. But he had her full support, and now Matty will take the next step.
Actor Ash Palmisciano previously spoke of Mattys journey, revealing that there is more ground to be broken with Emmerdales first transgender character.
Matty is getting to the point where he wants to explore the next stage of his transition, and what that entails, he told Inside Soaps Yearbook 2019. Thats going to be something thats very new to soaps, so I really cant wait to see what we do with that.
He also things that he has something to prove as a man – theres lots in store for his journey.