There’s always some kind of drama going on for Nicholas Newman on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but his latest predicament have some fans wondering if this might be the end for him? However, if you look back at his troubled past, it’s clear that Nick has survived a lot, and will probably get through this, too!
The son of Victor and Nikki Newman, Nick was born in 1988 and played by a series of child actors until he was aged into a teenager in 1994 with actor Joshua Morrow stepping into the role. From 1996 until 2000, he received five consecutive Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Younger Actor for his work on Y&R.
Nick was born on New Year’s Eve, 1998, though Nikki and Victor were divorced at the time, so he became close to stepfather Jack Abbott. Returning from boarding school as a teenager, Nick briefly dated Amy Wilson before falling for her best friend, Sharon Collins. Victor approved of the match, but Nikki insisted Sharon was a gold digger.
Believing Sharon to be a virgin, Nick agreed to wait, but was startled to learn that Sharon actually had a baby she gave up for adoption when she was 16. Their relationship also struggled when Sharon was raped by her ex, Matt, and Nick was suspected of shooting him. But the two eventually married and Sharon gave birth to their son, Noah, prematurely. Worried Noah would die at birth, Sharon’s best friend, Grace, tracked down her long-lost daughter, Cassie. Though Grace tried to keep her for herself, she eventually gave Cassie to Sharon, and Nick bonded with the girl. While their marriage faltered again when Grace manipulated Nick into an affair, they reunited as they fought for custody of Cassie.
Matt returned to Genoa City and raped Sharon again, so when she became pregnant, she wasn’t sure who was the father. Tragically, she gave birth to a stillborn daughter, and it was revealed to have been Nick’s all along. Affairs continued to tear Nick and Sharon apart as he slept with Grace and she took up with Diego Guttierez. Nick tried to forgive her, but seeing Sharon kissing his father, Victor, was too much for him to handle.
Overwhelmed, Sharon left town to get her head together and when she returned, she and Nick were able to reconcile. They were even able to fight off Cameron Kirsten, who followed her to Genoa City wanting her back. Unfortunately, in 2005, Cassie was killed in a car accident and Nick went to a very dark place, even cheating on Sharon with Phyllis Summers. When she got pregnant, Jack could have been the babydaddy, but after the paternity test came back inconclusive, Nick lied and claimed the child as his own. Nick divorced Sharon and married Phyllis shortly before the birth of their daughter, Summer Newman. Sharon retaliated by marrying Jack. In 2007, the Newman jet crashed leaving Nick presumed dead!
Months later, Nick was revealed to be alive, but suffering from amnesia. He returned to Genoa City believing Cassie to still be alive and that he was married to Sharon. However, when his memory came back, he returned to Phyllis and Summer. While working with Sharon on a new magazine called Restless Style, Nick grew closer to his ex, and they shared a kiss in Paris which Phyllis witnessed. And when they were later snowed in at the Abbott cabin, Nick and Sharon made love, making their reunion inevitable.
Sharon gave birth to Nick’s daughter, Faith, in 2009, though the infant was stolen by Adam Newman at birth and was presumed dead for months. Sharon was seduced by Adam and even married the guy, though she eventually returned to Nick so they could raise Faith together. But Nick was disgusted when Sharon couldn’t resist her feelings and slept with Adam again. When Sharon was accused of murder, she skipped town and let everyone think she was dead, so Nick had short-lived relationships with Diane Jenkins and Avery Clark before returning to Phyllis.
Nick and Phyllis’ marriage was short-lived, and he went back to Avery. He also tried to start fresh with his career, leaving Newman Enterprises and opening up a club he named The Underground. When Summer became smitten with Kyle Abbott, Nick worried they could be siblings and had another paternity test done. This time it showed that Jack was Summer’s father, although it was later revealed that Sharon, who was off her bipolar meds, had altered the results in the hopes of getting Nick back.
Nick got engaged to Avery, but they split up after she missed their wedding to tend to her distraught ex, Dylan McAvoy. Nick hated Dylan until Nikki revealed that he was her son, making them half brothers. Nick once again grew closer to Sharon, who was freaking out because she was seeing visions of Cassie that turned out to actually be her daughter's long-lost twin, Mariah Copeland, who had been hired by Victor to torment her! Nick and Sharon eventually got engaged, but Phyllis interrupted their wedding and Sharon’s secret about switching Summer’s paternity test was finally revealed.
Nick turned his back on Sharon and took custody of Faith away from her, starting a romance with Sage Warner. When she got pregnant, there was more babydaddy drama since she’d slept with Adam, but Nick declared the baby his and married Sage. Nick was furious to learn that Gabriel Bingham was really his brother, Adam Newman, but then his son, Christian, was born. Unfortunately, Patty Williams did a baby switch and gave the infant to Sharon, who was led to believe he was the child she and Dylan had been expecting. Nick and Sage tried to adopt a baby, but the birth mother changed her mind and kept the child for herself.
After Sage was killed in a car accident, Nick was devastated, but that was nothing compared to how he felt when he learned that his son Christian was alive, and that Sharon had been raising him as her own for a year! When Adam was killed in an explosion, Nick comforted a grieving Chelsea, and that soon turned into a romance. But Chelsea eventually reverted to her old scheming ways and skipped town with a bunch of money and her son, Connor. However, she left behind Christian, and Nick then learned that Adam was the boy’s real father.
Devastated, Nick accepted Sharon’s offer to move in with her and Mariah at her house to get his head together, and that set the two on the slow path to another reunion. But when Victor pitted Nick and Victoria against each other once more and even threatened to take Christian away from him, Nick considered leaving town for a new job opportunity in San Diego. However, he changed his mind and stuck around, taking revenge against his father by impersonating J.T. and tormenting Victor while also building up a new business he called Dark Horse to compete against Newman Enterprises!
Unfortunately, the Dark Horse launch party took a turn when Rey Rosales showed up to arrest him! Can Nick stay on top or will Victor get the last laugh? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but it’s safe to say there’s still plenty of drama left for Nick to endure in Genoa City
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