With all the kids that Elizabeth Webber has on GENERAL HOSPITAL, it’s understandable that some fans might find themselves questioning their histories, especially who their different fathers are. And in the case of her youngest, Aiden, some are also wondering what’s wrong with the boy. Born in July of 2010, Aiden was played by a series of twins as an infant and toddler until Titus Jackson, the real-life son of Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) took over the role from 2011-12. Aiden is currently being played by Jason David, who debuted in August of 2012.
When Liz got pregnant with Aiden, she had just broken up with Lucky Spencer because she was having an affair with his brother, Nikolas Cassadine. She tried to have a paternity test done, but as usually happens in Port Charles, the results were tampered with, this time by Helena Cassadine, to make her believe Nik was the father. After Aiden’s birth, the infant was kidnapped from the hospital by serial killer artist Franco to give to his mother. Dante and Jason tracked down Aiden’s whereabouts and Lucky retrieved the child to return to Liz and Nikolas.
After Monica Quartermaine mentioned casually that Aiden looked like Lucky did when he was a baby, Liz got suspicious and had another DNA test performed and was stunned to learn that Lucky was actually Aiden’s dad. However, at the same time, her other son, Jake, was hit by a car and died. Due to the heartbreaking development, it was months before Liz finally revealed the truth. Lucky was happy, but a furious Nikolas planned to run away with Aiden until he thought better of it.
In November of 2011, Aiden was diagnosed with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an autoimmune disease, and a blood transfusion from his aunt Lulu helped him recover. A month later, Lucky left Port Charles, leaving Liz to raise her son on her own. More recently, Aiden caused drama for the family as his teacher, Willow Tait, informed Liz and Franco that the boy is having trouble in school and he was being bullied by his cousin, Charlotte. But it turns out the problems went much deeper than that.
Aiden was very withdrawn and uncommunicative, but Franco was finally able to get the kid to come out of his shell as he shared his love of baking. However, Jake informed his mom and Franco that they shouldn’t let Aiden share his baked goods with the kids at school because they’re calling him “Gayden.” Liz was upset and didn’t want to stifle her son’s personality. Even though she knew being gay had nothing to do with a love of baking, Liz vowed to support Aiden no matter what life he chose to lead.
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