The Young and the Restless spoilers explore the truth about Christian’s paternity and Chelsea’s alleged deception. Some fans believe that Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) is keeping a secret on ‘The Young and the Restless’. And those passionate souls have a right to feel that way for both logical and emotional reasons. But a good attorney could argue a different angle because Christian’s (Jude and Ozzy McGuigen) paternity, with whatever father he’s actually tied to, isn’t the only issue in this soapy play.
Cue the flashback sequence for the audience – Sage (Kelly Sullivan) left a cryptic letter for Adam (Justin Hartley) that was read after her death and before Adam’s purported demise. In it Sage said that she had determined Adam, not Nick (Joshua Morrow), was Christian’s biological father. Chadam decided that it was most compassionate to not tell Nick anything at that time because they didn’t want to add to his pain.
But there’s a problem with whatever domino line of logic some fans are using to call out Chelsea. This character sought Victor’s (Eric Braeden) input about potentially telling Nick that Christian was Adam’s child after the Sully reveal played out. The Moustache advised Chelsea to say nothing and allow Nick to raise Christian as his own son.
Victor and Chelsea discussed Adam’s past wishes and the likelihood that Nick would be devastated if Christian was taken from him, in effect, a second time through the revelation of said information. Doing so would also make Christian an orphan, as both of his parents (Sage and Adam) were dead.
Separately, fans know that whatever genetic tests any of the above characters are believed to have conducted, or changed, are hardly reliable. Where is the hard, genetic evidence that proves Adam is Christian’s father?
As devotees recall, the paternity test Sharon paid for used an unauthorized sample of Nick’s DNA. Nick and Adam share the same father, therefore Christian’s paternity results could be linked to either brother. That appears to partially be the purpose of writing the storyline in that manner. So any hand-wringing about Chelsea’s so-called withheld paternity information could eventually be revealed as being based on a false premise.
Yes, Chelsea thought and thinks that Adam is Christian’s biological father. Yes, she’s keeping that information from him, while many characters in Genoa City blindly believe that Sharon is the culprit who withheld Christian’s identity from the world. But Sharon was never asked by anyone to keep Christian’s biological connection a secret like Chelsea was by her husband and father-in-law.
A case can be made (and has) that Chelsea remains trapped in an impossible situation. She can tell Nick the truth and violate Adam’s trust, along with Victor’s wishes. And Chelsea knows that Nick’s realization of that information would likely devastate him all over again. These reasons, combined with Chelsea’s growing friendship with Nick, make her actions reasonable, though still arguably wrong. But to claim that Chelsea is purely diabolical isn’t accurate.