After hearing that Leanne and Nick Tilsley had brought the newborn home, Michelle, played by Kym Marsh, told Steve that she wanted to go and visit completely unaware that baby Oliver is Steve’s son.
As Michelle set her eyes on Oliver for the first time, she was overcome with emotion and in a sweet moment, she told him that he was a miracle.
Having seen Leanne get up to go to the other room, Michelle assured her: “Don’t worry, I won’t run off.”
Cradling the new arrival, the heartbroken character, who sadly lost her son Ruairi last month, then told him: “Never give up on your dreams kid.”
Coronation Street: Michelle McDonald to steal baby Oliver?: Michelle McDonald arrived at Leanne Battersby’s house to see Oliver after hearing that they had brought the newborn home [ITV]
Fans were quick to comment on how upsetting the scenes were with many declaring that they were in tears.
“My heart breaks for Michelle #CoronationStreet,” posted one soap viewer on Twitter.
While another added: “It’s breaking my heart watching Michelle meeting Leanne’s baby. #coronationstreet.”
“Proper crying watching Michelle with baby Oliver xx @msm4rsh #Corrie #CoronationStreet,” came the response from a third.
“This Is Breaking My Heart. Poor Michelle #CoronationStreet,” tweeted one soap fan.
But others suggested that the poignant moment between Michelle and Oliver was the start of a sinister plot.
Coronation Street: Michelle McDonald to steal baby Oliver?: Michelle was seen holding baby Oliver in the emotional scenes [ITV]
Coronation Street: Michelle McDonald to steal baby Oliver?: Leanne was seen getting emotional as she continued to hide the truth from her friend [ITV]
Coronation Street: Michelle McDonald to steal baby Oliver?: As fans saw Michelle talk to Oliver, they speculated that she could steal him [ITV]
“Wonder if Michelle will steal Oliver #CoronationStreet,” questioned one.
Another predicted: “Watched #CoronationStreet for four minutes and already figured out Michelle is gonna nab that baby before long . #obvious”
While there has been no suggestion that this would happen, rumours recently hinted that Michelle and Steve’s marriage will hit the rocks when the secret does come out.
“Michelle finally discovers the extent of Steve’s betrayal and, as expected, she doesn’t deal with it lightly,” a source told The Sun.
Coronation Street: Michelle McDonald to steal baby Oliver?: Leanne later told Nick Tilsley that she wanted to put Steve’s name on the birth certificate [ITV]
“She goes totally berserk and declares war on Steve. She brings in the lawyers and tells the love rat she’s going to divorce him.”
Coronation Street continues on ITV at 7.30pm.