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Coronation Street star Ruxandra Porojnicu has confirmed she is leaving the soap for good with a sweet goodbye snap to her character Alina Pop.
Taking to Instagram, Ruxandra announced the shock news with a sweet goodbye snap as she snuggled with her co-star Alan Halsall, who plays Alina's on-screen boyfriend Tyrone Dobbs, outside the Rovers Return.
The pair could be seen posing with their arms around each other for the sweet snap.
Writing alongside the post, Ruxandra confirmed: "And that’s a wrap on Corrie!
"Thanks to everyone who encouraged and supported me. It meant so much.
"I worked with some of the finest people, who are not only extremely talented but very humble and caring," the star went on.
"They made me feel welcome and a part of this beautiful family. TA EVERYONE!
"People up north are well nice!" she added.
Shocked fans instantly streamed into the comments section, as they couldn't quite believe the news, with one posting: "You kept that quiet! Will you be coming back?!"
Another wondered: "Why are you leaving?? Will you come back or have you left permanently?"
Someone else begged: "Why are you leaving? You were one of my favourite characters!"
"Awww. Wish you weren't leaving. Alina was one of my fave characters. And I love your accent so much.
"Hope you come back soon or get to star in a new show here. Best of luck in whatever you do next. Love from Glasgow," another emotional fan penned.
Her Corrie co-stars also wished her well, with Alexandra Mardell – who plays Emma Brooker in the soap – tweeting: "Ah miss you already lovely lady! Lots of love!! Alina and Emma Corrie besties for life!"
And Ruxandra sweetly replied: "Miss you too!! Yesss Emmalina!! Haha xxx".
Meanwhile, the official Coronation Street Instagram page posted a sweet pic of Ruxandra in character as Alina, with the caption: "We'll miss you Alina!"
It comes amid a shock pregnancy storyline for Alina, after she miscarried the baby she was expecting with boyfriend Tyrone.
She could be seen packing her things and leaving the flat she shared with Emma on Wednesday night's episode, after screaming at Tyrone that he "isn't a good dad" and to stay away from her and her unborn baby.
But fans never thought she'd be leaving for good.
So far, Ruxandra hasn't confirmed whether she could be making a return to the cobbles in the future – but in the meantime, it doesn't exactly look likely.
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