Coronation Streets cryptic clue hints Jacob Hays mum is Steves ex-wife Karen

Coronation Street fans are convinced a cryptic clue has rumbled the true identity of Jacob Hay.

The youngster is portrayed by actor Jack James Ryan on the ITV soap and has caused his fair share of trouble since rocking up in Weatherfield last year.

Having struck up a relationship with Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) and Tracy Barlow's daughter Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney), Jacob was recently rumbled sneaking a shower at Eileen Grimshaw's house by a horrified Tracy (Kate Ford).

Asked about his parentage by his girlfriend's mother, Jacob then dropped a big hint that his mother may be Steve's ex-wife Karen McDonald.

In the potentially pivotal conversation, Tracy sat Jacob down and demanded an explanation as to why he was showering at Eileen's.

Explaining that he and Amy had been struggling to pay their bills and that their flat was subsequently full of dampness, the retired drug dealer was then asked about his childhood.

Tracy said: "At the risk of sounding impossibly naïve, where were your mam and dad when all of this was going on?

"I take it they weren't at the country estate."

Jacob replied: "My mum was in and out of prison."

While seemingly not too leading, the tidbit could prove significant as theories about Jacob's mother begin to emerge.

It has since been suggested that Jacob's mother could indeed be Karen McDonald, who was played by Suranne Jones and hasn't been seen on the soap since 2004.

Karen and Tracy were famously love rivals both vying for the affection of Steve.

Jacob being Karen's son would certainly be an ironic twist since Amy's conception caused a deep rift between Tracy and Karen.

In one classic Corrie moment, Karen stole Tracy's car and set it on fire – with fears Amy was still inside it.

Thankfully, the tot was being babysat by Roy Cropper at the time, though the scary moment led Steve to break up with Karen for good and she subsequently exited the street on Christmas Day.

Two months later, it was confirmed that Karen had filed for a divorce.

Coronation Street airs at 8pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.

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