Chad DiMera has been a main character on DAYS OF OUR LIVES for many years, but his time in Salem is coming to an end. However, given that he’s a core member of a major family, hopefully he’ll be back again one day! What Chad first appeared in 2009, he was played by Casey Deidrick, who departed in 2013. When the character was brought back in 2014, Billy Flynn had taken over the role. however, the actor has announced his own departure in February of 2019.
Chad arrived in Salem in 2009 to reconnect with ex-girlfriend Mia McCormick, and clashed with her new boyfriend, Will Horton. Chad was stunned to learn that Mia had given birth to their daughter but gave her up for adoption to Nicole Walker and EJ DiMera. But even worse was the later reveal that Nicole had switched babies with Sami Brady and Chad and Mia’s daughter, Grace, had died. The loss of their child brought Chad and Mia together, but only briefly.
Chad tried dating Gabi Hernandez, but Mia managed to split them up. After learning that his mother had been a prostitute, Chad was further crushed when she died. And following Madeline Woods’ death, Chad learned that his real father was supervillain Stefano DiMera! Struggling to fit in with his new family, Chad found a friend in new sister Lexie Carver, and even stood up as EJ’s best man when he married Nicole. He briefly moved into the mansion, but moved out after getting shot. Chad started a romance with Abigail Deveraux, but later fell for her best friend, Melanie Jonas. Gabi set her sights on Chad, and tried to split them up, but after a roller coaster relationship, Melanie called off their engagement and left town. He then reunited with Abigail, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. However, after being shot during Sami and EJ’s engagement party, Chad had to confess to the doctors that he had lied about the tumor and Abigail was furious. They split up and Chad left Salem to undergo surgery to repair damage from the bullet.
In September of 2014, Chad returned to Salem and punched EJ for sleeping with Abigail after reading about their affair in Will’s article. He wasn’t happy that Ben Weston was dating Abigail so he began seeing his sister, Jordan Ridgeway. But they split when she left town for a new job. Chad’s life changed when EJ and Kristen DiMera were both presumed dead and he was the only DiMera child remaining. Abigail cheated on Ben with Chad and got pregnant, though a paternity test indicated the child was Ben’s. After Chad drunkenly hit on Serena Mason in a bar, he awoke the next day with no memories and was a prime suspect when Serena was found murdered by the Necktie Killer!
When Aiden Jennings attacked Hope Brady, he became the prime suspect and Chad was released. But it turned out the real Necktie Killer was Ben, who had abducted Abigail and held her in a cabin in the middle of nowhere where she gave birth to their son. Ben forced Abigail to call Chad and break up with him, but she was able to communicate with Chad secretly and he rushed to her rescue. Ben knocked Chad out and tied them to the bed, setting it on fire, but they managed to escape. Abigail named her baby Thomas, and it was later revealed that Chad was his real father.
After moving into the DiMera mansion with Abigail and their son, Chad was shocked when Andre DiMera claimed Hope had shot and killed his father, Stefano. Chad and Abigail were finally married, but she remained haunted by memories of Ben and kept seeing visions of him. Worse still, the real Ben showed up and she went crazy, setting him on fire for revenge. Chad kept her from killing Ben, but Abigail was sent to a mental institution for treatment. After Chad helped her escape, Abigail went missing and Andre claimed she’d died in a plane crash.
However, she had only faked her death with Andre’s help and Abigail returned to Salem but seeing Chad happy with Gabi, she didn’t want to make her presence known to him. However, when he caught sight of her, Chad was overjoyed to have her back. Abigail remained jealous of Gabi’s presence in Chad’s life, but it wasn’t until they were kidnapped by Deimos that Chad and Gabi shared a steamy kiss. When Deimos kidnapped the trio, he poisoned Gabi and Abigail and gave Chad only one dose of the antidote. But he cheated fate by giving each woman half to keep them alive until they could get to the hospital.
Later, Abigail stepped away to allow Chad and Gabi to be together, and decided to marry Dario. But after Abigail was nearly killed by a car aiming for Dario, her husband skipped town and Chad was the one who stayed by her side as she recovered. Gabi split up with Chad and he and Abigail planned a double wedding with Sonny and Paul. Ben crashed the ceremony with news that Will was still alive, so Chad and Abigail were re-married later in a private ceremony.
The DiMera family grew by one when Vivian Alamain introduced her son, Stefan DiMira, but lost another member when Andre was murdered. Although Gabi was sent to prison for the crime, the real killer was actually Abigail, who was suffering from DID and began wearing a black wig and calling herself “Gabby.” While in her alternate personality, Abigail also seduced Chad’s brother, Stefan, creating a violent rivalry between the two. After Abigail received treatment and had her personalities integrated, she returned to Chad and revealed she was pregnant. But Gabi had taken revenge on Abigail by tampering with the tests to make it appear Stefan was the father. She also began drugging Abigail and making it appear that her split personalities were back.
Abigail was sent to another facility for treatment, and upon her release, helped expose Gabi’s lies and ultimately reforged her relationship with Chad, having now given birth to their daughter, Charlotte. Might Chad and Abigail finally be ready for their happily ever after?
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