Connor Newman on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS may just be a little kid, but he’s been at the center of the drama ever since before he was born! After a series of twins, Judah Mackey is the first young actor to play the character solo. The kid hasn’t been seen since he left town with his mom back in 2018, so if you need a quick refresher on his history, we’ve got you covered!
Connor is the son of Chelsea Lawson and Adam Newman, although when she first realized she was pregnant, the couple was on the skids. Fearing Adam would take custody of their child, Chelsea lied and claimed that Dylan McAvoy was the babydaddy. Shortly after the child’s birth, however, the doctor noticed Connor could have inherited retinitis pigmentosa, which can cause blindness. Dylan feared he was the one who passed it on, but Chelsea realized it was from Adam, whose mother went blind from the disease.
Learning of the child’s condition, Adam put two and two together and forced Chelsea to admit the truth that he, not Dylan, is the boy’s father. Crushed, Dylan asked for a divorce, and Adam declared his intentions to change Connor’s name and take full custody of his son. Dylan’s PTSD flared up and he abducted Connor, but Avery convinced him to give the child back. Adam reluctantly agreed not to pursue sole custody as long as Chelsea and Connor moved in with him.
The child’s vision problems turned out to actually be caused by damage to his corneas, and Connor required a cornea transplant to save his sight. Tragically, Delia Abbott was killed in an accident and Billy and Chloe agreed to donate their daughter’s corneas to Connor. Chloe then became inappropriately obsessed with the boy and even abducted him briefly. And when Adam was presumed dead, Connor was raised by Nick Newman, who developed a relationship with Chelsea. When Chelsea’s scheming caught up with her, she planned to skip town with both Connor and Christian but opted to leave Christian behind with Nick as he wasn’t her biological child.
Since returning to Genoa City, Chelsea has said that Connor was living with her mother, Anita Lawson, and she was reluctant to bring him to town with her because she feared the newly-alive-again Adam would once again pursue sole custody of the boy. And when she eventually brought Connor to join her in town, she was proven right as Adam immediately wanted the boy to live with him. Chelsea pushed back but continued to allow Adam to see his son. But Connor lashed out after being told his grandfather, Victor, was dead (he wasn’t) and told his mother he wished they’d never moved back!
When Adam skipped town, Connor began acting out. He locked Christian in the garage, then broke his own arm jumping off of a jungle gym! Adam came home to reassure his son and Connor asked to live with him. Chelsea reluctantly agreed to the new living arrangement, hoping it would just be temporary, but it’s clear that Connor is a chip off the old block and is trying to manipulate his mother and father to be back together again. His claims of a monster being after him led his parents to bring Sharon Newman in to counsel the tyke, but he felt like she was interfering in his plans and wanter her gone!
Stay tuned to see how Connor’s dramatic young life continues, and for more Y&R features, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.