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John Paul Logan McQueen is the son of Myra McQueen and Sally St. Claire, the adoptive son of Ricky Boland, the half-brother of Niall Rafferty, Tina Reilly, Carmel Valentine, Jacqui McQueen, Mercedes McQueen, Michaela McQueen, and Carmina McQueen, the adoptive half-brother of Richard Boland, the ex-husband of Ste Hay, and the biological father of Matthew-Jesus McQueen.

Born in 1989, John Paul grew up without a father and was mostly raised by his mother Myra with his five sisters; John Paul would never know his father, who had transitioned into a woman, until later in his life. He and his family arrived in Hollyoaks and he later came out as gay after drunkenly kissing his best friend Craig Dean. John Paul later began dating a boy named Spike, but he and Craig couldn't hold their feelings for one another and began an affair, and later left together to live in Dublin in 2008.

In December 2012, John Paul returned to the village with a baby boy named Matthew after his relationship with Craig broke down. He later got a job as a teacher at Hollyoaks High. After his return, John Paul had two tumultuous relationships with Doug Carter and Danny Lomax, but his relationship with Ste Hay was the strongest despite John Paul being sexually assaulted by pupil Finn O'Connor. He and Ste later married but the marriage broke down when Ste discovered he was HIV positive. He would later betray his cousin Porsche by having an affair with her husband Lockie Campbell.

Shortly after his separation from Ste, John Paul had a short-lived relationship with Scott Drinkwell, but his heart always stuck with Ste after they slept together, thus cheating on his boyfriend James Nightingale. After his relationship with James broke down and Ste having proposed to his long-term boyfriend Harry Thompson, John Paul and his son left the village permanently for a teaching job in Singapore. It was soon revealed that John Paul and Craig had patched things up, and live together with Matthew in Singapore. John Paul made a small guest appearance on 26th March 2019 via video call from Singapore, John Paul returned a second time in nine months when he returns on 9th December 2019.


1989-2006: Backstory

John Paul was born to Myra McQueen and then Ian Naismith in January 1989. John Paul was thought to be Myra's only son however John Paul along with his five sisters where unaware of Niall until 2008. John Paul was unaware of his father and the fact his father and transitioned into a woman.

2006-2007: Arrival/Sexuality

John Paul meets Craig Dean after saving him from a beating by bully Sonny Valentine. John Paul and Craig become close friends. John Paul confesses to Craig that he is in love with him at John Paul's girlfriend's house. John Paul is horrified at what he has confessed, and tells Craig that he is sorry and will leave him alone. Craig, however, refutes this idea. John Paul and Craig share a drunken kiss at a school dance-off competition which is seen by Hannah Ashworth who at the time was John Paul's girlfriend, and tells everyone at the dance. John Paul comes out to his family, receiving support from all of his sisters, except Mercedes and Michaela, and reluctant support from his mother Myra. John Paul comes out to his classmates. However, following this event, during a 5-a-side football practice with Sonny and Craig, John Paul is teased and bullied by Craig, who eventually attacks John Paul physically. John Paul punches Craig and, after a violent threat to anyone else who wishes to bully him, runs off. Craig attempts to say sorry to him but John Paul makes it clear that he is no longer his friend and does not accept his apology, but eventually forgives him after he was discover that he was struggle during his life, since the divorce of his father Johnno Dean and mother Frankie Osborne in three years ago.

John Paul and Craig later make up and begin an affair, it goes on for months with Craig always saying that he is going to end it. John Paul sends a text to Sarah Barnes (Craig's girlfriend) saying to come up the stairs. She then walked in on Craig and John Paul kissing. Craig announces to his family that he is in love with John Paul. Craig's announcement leads to a show-down style confrontation between the McQueen family and the Dean family, from which John Paul and Craig run away and discuss their feelings for each other. Craig tells John Paul that he loves him, but denies being gay, saying that it is not about being gay, it is about who you fall in love with, before asking John Paul to come with him to Dublin, an offer which John Paul accepts. As they prepare to leave together, Craig admits to his brother, Jake Dean, that he is not gay, and he only cares for John Paul. John Paul overhears this and expresses more concern at Craig's reluctance to come out; this is further exacerbated by Craig not being able to bring himself to kiss or hold John Paul at the airport as they wait for the plane to Dublin. Although John Paul loves Craig, he realises that he needs more than to be with a man who cannot even display affection towards him in public. Heartbroken, John Paul returns home, leaving Craig to go to Dublin alone.

2008: Relationship with Kieron Hobbs

Myra McQueen offers her home to the Hollyoaks new young Catholic Priest, Kieron Hobbs. John Paul and Kieron later begin a relationship in secret. They are nearly caught by Myra when petting in the McQueen residence. Despite this, Kieron later says that he is the happiest man he has ever been with John Paul. John Paul and Kieron become an official romantic couple after making their relationship public. John Paul proposes to Kieron who joyfully accepts. However, a few weeks later, John Paul realises he's too young to get married and calls off the engagement, shortly before finding out that Craig has returned to the village. When Craig returns, Kieron witnesses him and John Paul in an intimate embrace outside The Dog in The Pond. Although, John Paul insists nothing is going on, Kieron gives John Paul an ultimatum, insisting they get married the following week. When John Paul cannot make that promise, Kieron sadly accepts their relationship is over. Craig returns and on reuniting, all John Paul's romantic feelings for him resurface. Kieron is left angry after confronting John Paul. After a confrontation, John Paul admits to Craig he still loves him, and Craig tells him he could never move on with girls in Dublin because John Paul was always on his mind and he always loved him. They make love after a year apart shortly after. They both leave together to live in Dublin.

2012-2013: Return from Dublin and Relationship with Danny Lomax

He returns home for Christmas only to find an abandoned baby at his family's doorstep. John Paul tells Nancy that he is the father. He reveals that he and Craig decided to have a child to save their relationship. However, it is unknown who is the paternal father. He initially rejects the baby, but decides to be a single parent and names him Matthew. He secures a teaching job at the local sixth form. His colleague Jen Gilmore gets fired when it emerges she was previously in a relationship with student Tilly Evans. However, when Patrick discovers John Paul's awareness of Jen's actions, he believes he will lose his job, so he and Doug cover Patrick's car with post-its as a prank. It seems John Paul will embark on a relationship with Doug Carter, after a tumultuous start, the two sleep together. Later, it turns out that Patrick was not intending to fire John Paul, but suspends him from work because of his prank. John Paul later starts dating Doug but ends because Doug is still in love with Ste.

John Paul meets supply teacher Danny Lomax. He kisses John Paul but does not see him for two weeks. John Paul later tells Danny that he will not be treated badly, but they soon begin dating. Matthew's mother Chloe Chance arrives and claims Craig is Matthew's father. She demands money or she will fight for custody, but a DNA test proves John Paul as the father. John Paul and Danny find the body of DS Trent while on a date. John Paul is upset to learn that Danny is married to Sam Lomax, lies about Danny being present at the discovery and briefly implicates himself in the murder investigation.

2014: Rape Storyline and Relationship with Ste Hay

Finn O'Connor and Robbie Roscoe begin tormenting John Paul. The bullying intensifies with a series of pranks and homophobic abuse directed at John Paul. He tries to reason with Finn and help him with his family problems, but it only makes the situation worse. John Paul begins a relationship with Ste, follow by the death of his husband Doug, and the two of them share their first kiss.

After John Paul humiliates Finn he is placed in charge of a detention in which Finn is present. While alone with Finn, he attacks John Paul with an ornament and rapes him. John Paul goes to the police to report the attack but changes his mind before making a statement. John Paul confines himself to his bedroom and Sam offers him support. He also discover that his cousin Theresa was arrest for murder of Calvin Valentine back in 2010. When he loses his temper with Peri Lomax Sam forgives him. John Paul returns to his job and is placed on a school trip with Finn and Robbie. Finn is involved in a quad bike accident and John Paul contemplates letting him die before administering CPR.

After his friend Nancy Osborne is nearly raped, John Paul feels guilty because he feels he could have stopped it. Robbie is falsely accused of raping Nancy, but after hugging him and recognising the smell of his aftershave, she realises it was Finn. Finn's mother Diane believes she is lying but John Paul eventually speaks out and tells everyone that Finn raped him too. Nancy ends her friendship with John Paul in the knowledge that he could have prevented her attack by reporting Finn.

Once John Paul gets released from prison, he attempts to mend things with Ste Hay. After a few failed attempts, they end up talking in the folly, just after Ste got fired from the restaurant for doing drugs in the kitchen. While discussing Ste's drug problem, Ste confesses that he fears, he's killed Fraser, but can't remember for sure. John Paul tries to help him out by getting his hands on some video footage from the night in question. He sees Ste throwing away a gun. After hiding the gun and the footage, he lies to Ste and tells him that he didn't murder Fraser. John Paul also shows part of the footage to Trevor Royle to get him off Ste. Unfortunately, Ste can't keep his promise and John Paul gives up on him.

John Paul proposes to Ste and they become engaged, but John Paul is unaware that Ste had a one-night stand with Sinead O'Connor while the two were drunk. Finn pleads not guilty in court to the charges of rape and attempted rape. Diane confronts John Paul in the street, and he learns that Finn is now lying that John Paul had used drugs and alcohol to coerce him into sex. John Paul tries to retract his statement, but Sonny says that it's too late to stop the trial going ahead; withdrawing the statement will deny John Paul the chance to answer his case against Finn. John Paul ends his engagement after finding out that George Smith has kissed Ste; but the couple reconcile when George confirms that he initiated the kiss and Ste turned him down. They break up again temporarily when John Paul discovers Ste had stolen from him and robbed The Hutch (injuring Diane in the process) to buy drugs because of the stress of the trial. However, after a heartfelt conversation they again reunite. Finn is found guilty of the charges of rape and attempted rape, and returned to prison to await sentencing. He permits John Paul to visit. John Paul states that he is now free to move on with his life and Finn will now never control him again.

2015-2017: More Relationship's and Departure

Lockie kisses John Paul, later, John Paul confronts Lockie, and speaks to him. Lockie doesn't care to speak to him. When John Paul is introduced to his cousin, Porsche McQueen's fiancé, who turns out to be Lockie. At the wedding, John Paul speaks out, but Porsche reveals she knows, and the wedding continues.

After a brief relationship with Scott Drinkwell, John Paul breaks up with Scott and later has sex with Nathan's older brother James Nightingale. When Scott tries to apologise several times, John Paul shuts him out and refuses to speak to him. Later, John Paul apologises and tries to reconcile with Scott, but Scott refuses to forgive him. After a long and rocky relationship, James opens up to John Paul about his abuse with Mac Nightingale. James proposes to John Paul, John Paul agrees.

John Paul lies behind James' back and sleeps with his ex, Ste. Ste calls John Paul and explains that he loves him, unbeknownst to him, James is on the other side of the phone. James takes John Paul on a drive around the countryside. James begins speeding, and pulls onto the side of a cliff. James confronts John Paul on it, and asks him who he loves. John Paul says he doesn't know. James takes the handbrake off, making the car roll off onto the rocks. James asks John Paul who is in the boot, implying he kidnapped Ste. John Paul runs down the side of the cliff and opens an empty boot. The next day, John Paul tells his mother he is leaving Hollyoaks. He tells Sally who researches teaching placements in Singapore. She finds one for John Paul, and tells him to go there. John Paul takes Matthew and tells his family. Nancy hugs him and wishes him good luck. At the airport, Sally wishes John Paul goodbye, just as he is about to leave, Myra and Mercedes run up. All three wish John Paul a tearful goodbye. On the plane, he explains to Matthew what's going to happen while they're gone. He checks his phone, and an incoming phone call from Craig Dean is seen.

2019-2020: Return

John Paul makes a cameo return via video call in March 2019 during the wedding of Myra and Sally however Myra would leave Sally to live in Alicante. John Paul makes his full time return by December 2019 after been contacted by Sally who is wanting to break the news that Finn has been released from Prison however John Paul is instead told by the villainous Edward Hutchinson who has accompanied Sally to meet up with John Paul. John Paul confronts Finn who tells John Paul his changed and he served his time. John Paul orders Finn to leave the village in which he dose so despite John Paul originally being against the idea of telling Finn too leave but John Paul changes his mind when he catches up with his ex boyfriend in James and the two put aside any animosity that they had.

In January 2020, John Paul soon clicks on that his aunt Breda is the serial killer thanks to John Paul finding her trophy box, John Paul tells Mercedes who is in total shock and later John Paul is attacked by Breda but after awakening John Paul tracks down Breda's Farm along with Mercedes and Goldie and discover that Tony has been kept hostage they all surrive but Breda is killed in self defence by Sylver. In the same month John Paul meets PC George Kiss after Nancy is stabbed but surrives. By March 2020, John Paul is targeted by Liam Donovan, John Paul is kidnapped by Liam and then tied up despite managing to escape John Paul has to enlist the help of Warren who beats up Liam while John Paul makes sure everyone escapes Liam is then killed by Grace Black in self defence.

By October 2020, John Paul has began dating George but he is left feeling worried when his family is being targeted by a blackmailer and John Paul's sin is Pride, John Paul approaches James to help with a cash problem but James states in return John Paul has to sleep with him. The blackmailer is soon revealed to be Silas Blissett and his grandson Seth Costello and they are outed by February 2021.

2020-2021: Relationship & Abuse to George Kiss

As the blackmail is coming to an end John Paul is focusing more on his relationship with George. John Paul is often been nit picked by George especially over his drinking. John Paul suspects that George is cheating on him and ends up meeting George's ex boyfriend known as Dean Vickers whom tells John Paul he wants Goerge back as Geroge has taken everything from him this leaves John Paul confused but he warns off Dean to stay away from him and George. John Paul was often warned by his friends and family alike such as Ste, James, Courtney and Sally over George's manipulation but John Paul refused to listen or simply acknowledge it.

John Paul would then notice George's violent outbursts and John Paul is punched by George on one occasion and the next day John Paul is shocked at how George us seemingly carrying on the next day like nothing happened after weeks of this John Paul puts a end to their relationship but is shocked when his told that George has been killed but is even further shocked when he discovers George is alive this is the final straw for John Paul and after getting beat up by George, John Paul finally hits back and John Paul is a suspect when George is killed but its revealed to be Sally who killed George in defence of Theresa. John Paul would later be told by Sally and thinking his responsible John Paul hands himself in and is charged of murder and then sent to prison.

While in prison John Paul is seen a few times video calling Sally from the prisons webcam John Paul tells Sally and Theresa not to bother attempting to get him out of prison eventually John Paul would be released from prison but Sally would be sent in prison, John Paul is left worried when Sally is attacked while in prison and why shes in hospital John Paul plans to break Sally free but is unsuccessful. However John Paul is delighted when Sally is released from prison and despite being abused by George, John Paul is seen multiple times throughout the year struggling to come to terms with George's death. John Paul has his mind else where however by December 2021 when he discovers Nana isn't well and that Sylver wants to leave Mercedes.

2022-: Alcoholism

By January 2022, John Paul's drinking starts to become more apparent at first this is noticed by Sylver who tells John Paul he knows he has a drinking problem although John Paul denies it during John Paul telling Sylver to come clean to Mercedes however John Paul is left devastated when Sylver is killed in the Salon de Thé de Marnie Explosion devastating his family afterwards John Paul confirms Sylver is dead as his been wheeled out of the burnt down building this devestes Mercedes. John Paul then seems to be taking on the head role when concerning Sylvers funeral but he is seen a couple of times hiding and sneakily drinking booze when no one is looking.

The day before Sylver's funeral John Paul opens up to Sylver's daughter Cher McQueen that despite everything Geroge put him through he still misses him after Sylver's funeral John Paul gets extremely drunk and would later take his nephew Bobby to get some food while Mercedes speaks to a social worker but when Bobby returns he tells Mercedes that John Paul is drunk and Mercedes finds mini Vodka bottles in Bobby's bag. John Paul the next day comes clean that they belong to him and sneakily takes one while Mercedes isn't look and later confronts Bobby afterwards who tells John Paul he and Matthew have noticed him drinking heavily John Paul is then seen trying to get rid of some wine but ends up dowing one bottle.

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