Billy Abbott, son of the deceased Jabot Cosmetics founder John Abbott, was a drunken rich playboy screw-up before he met and married Victoria Newman, the pampered daughter of billionaire business mogul, Victor Newman. The Abbotts and Newmans had been rivals in business and romance for generations, mostly between Victor and Billy's half-brother, Jack. So Victor made it his business to break up the marriage of Victoria and Billy by any means possible.
Although Victoria and Billy each had a child of their own who lived with their ex-spouses, after Victoria was unable to have a baby with Billy and adoption seemed impossible, Billy paid two million dollars to a baby broker for a newborn baby girl they named Lucy. But the illegal adoption was discovered, and Victoria was devastated when Lucy was taken away from them. Feeling guilty for screwing up Victoria's life, Billy began drinking again and disappeared from their home in Genoa City.
Going by the name Liam, Billy turned up in Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia, hanging out, usually drunk, in a surfer bar where Chelsea Lawson was a bartender. Chelsea was part of a group who were paid by the police to fill their arrest quotas by regularly drugging innocent westerners to be accused of crimes and imprisoned. And although she had a soft spot for Billy, she let them do the same to him, and Billy ended up in a foreign prison.
Back in Genoa City, Billy's daughter, Delia, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, and needed a bone marrow transplant to recover. Everyone in Genoa City was tested with no matches, and hoping that Billy could save Delia's life, Victor went to Myanmar. Finding Billy in a dirty prison cell, Victor made a deal with Billy to negotiate his freedom if he promised to never see Victoria again. Billy told Victor to go to hell. Victor got Billy to agree by telling him about Delia's condition, and that Billy might save his daughter's life if he were a match. Victor returned home with Billy but kept Victoria from knowing that Billy was there and had been the donor who saved Delia's life. Sneaking into his own house, Billy was disappointed to find divorce papers signed by Victoria on the coffee table.
Billy convinced his friend Cane to help him clear his name and get his life back by finding Chelsea Lawson. Cane left for Myanmar, and found the surfer bar, but an attractive female bartender said that she didn't know Chelsea. But later when Cane received her photo from Billy, it was of that female bartender. When Cane returned to the bar, the owner told Cane that she had taken money from the till and had disappeared.
Victoria became convinced that Billy was in trouble and unable to contact them, so she and his mother Jill decided to go to Myanmar and find him themselves. Inquiries and bribes at the American consulate disclosed that Billy had been imprisoned for illegal drug trafficking, but was no longer there. Cane convinced Jill and Victoria that he had followed them there, and they boarded a plane back to the U.S. together. Victoria got bumped from her connecting flight in New York City, and Cane and Jill went on ahead.
Meanwhile, Billy escaped from Victor's goon in New York City who had been ordered to take Billy to a monastery in New Deli, India. Victoria and Billy found themselves both waiting for flights in Finn McGee's airport pub. Victoria spotted him and hugged and kissed him, excited that he was alive, and asking where he had been since his release. Billy told her that he was setup in Myanmar, and admitted that it took him awhile to get there, but that all he wanted was to come home to her and Delia. Billy later admitted that he had returned to Genoa City and had donated the bone marrow that had saved Delia's life; and he told her about the deal he had made with the devil - Victor.
Flying home together, Victoria readied herself to give her father hell. Billy tried to confess about the girl in Myanmar, but Victoria told him that it if he truly wanted to be with her, they could get past it. Later, Victoria confronted Victor who claimed that keeping Billy from her was for her own good, and that perhaps she should ask Billy what he had done in Myanmar. Victoria told Victor that she had forgiven Billy, and that their love was something Victor would never understand. Because their divorce had been finalized, Billy and Victoria remarried and took a second honeymoon in Jamaica.
Chelsea Lawson showed up just after they arrived home on New Year's Eve, claiming that Billy, going by the name Liam, had raped her in Myanmar. She showed them that she was pregnant and claimed that it was his. Billy told Victoria that he had been picked up by Chelsea in a bar where he had gotten very drunk. He admitted that they had danced together with him dreaming of Victoria, and that they had kissed. Then Chelsea had spiked his drink, and he woke up surrounded by police with heroin planted in his bag, and had been taken to prison. Billy claimed that he and Chelsea did not have sex, and that she was just trying to con him. Chelsea wanted a DNA test as proof. Billy admitted to Victoria that he didn’t remember everything from that night, but if the baby turned out to be his, he had not raped her. Victoria said that she believed him.
Chelsea began parading her belly around town to anyone who would listen, including Victoria's half-brother and black sheep of the Newman family, Adam, who was blind. Billy booked her a hospital room and arranged a DNA test, which proved that Billy was the father. Chelsea admitted to Billy that she had worked in Myanmar helping the police fill their quotas, and claimed that she and Billy had had consensual sex. Luckily Billy thought to tape her confession, and played it for Victoria. Billy proposed that he fight for custody of the baby, and Victoria agreed that she would rather raise a child who was Billy's, since she didn't seem to be able to have one herself. When they saw Chelsea ordering a burger and a beer, they asked her to live in their garage apartment where they could make sure ate right to look out for the baby. Chelsea readily agreed, then made a phone call assuring someone that "the rich suckers had taken the bait".
Chelsea began spending more time in the house with Victoria than in her apartment, and was continually upsetting Victoria about her family's brushes with the law, her inability to conceive, and the fact that neither of them had custody of their own children. But finally Chelsea appeared to realize that she wasn’t going to break the bond between Billy and Victoria. So one day, after they witnessed her ultra-sound, and were told that she was having a boy, Chelsea broke down and told them she wanted them to raise her baby after he was born. Minutes later, Chelsea's mother, Anita, arrived at the door and began working her con, claiming that she and her husband were missionaries. Although Victoria and Billy saw through the con, they suggested Anita move in with Chelsea to watch them both. Once in the apartment, Anita told Chelsea that she was taking over the con, and that this baby was going to make them rich.
Anita went to see Victor, but he had her thrown off the property and banned, reminding her that he had given her a phone for communication with him. Anita told Chelsea that they would be getting no more money out of Victor. But since Billy had paid two million dollars for Lucy who wasn't even his, she knew they could get even more out of Billy.
Detective Paul Williams and Billy confronted Anita and Chelsea with Paul's discovery that Anita was a grifter who had been involved in scams since she was a kid. Her first arrest in 1978 was for writing bad checks, with others since for mail, wire and credit card fraud, conspiracy, forgery, impersonating a police officer, and felony theft. Anita had also used the aliases of Anita Barrett, Amelia Larson, and dozens of others. Paul found that Chelsea had been scamming people since the age of ten, but had less of a criminal record.
Chelsea later told Victoria that they had met Victor when he had shown up in Myanmar and freed Billy. Then Chelsea had contacted Victor when she found herself pregnant, and he had brought her and Anita to town, giving them a lot of money and promising Chelsea that she could have Billy if she was successful in breaking up his marriage to Victoria.
Billy put Chelsea on the spot by asking Anita to leave, making her choose between staying with them and leaving with Anita. Chelsea, who obviously did not get along with Anita, sided with Billy, and Anita packed her bags and left. Anita later showed up at Gloworm and got a waitress job. When Anita first laid eyes on Jeffrey Bardwell, she dropped her things when she recognized him. Anita later asked Jeffrey, did he not remember her? Jeffrey, who was suffering from amnesia, told her that he had some memory problems. She later told her daughter Chelsea that she had located her father, but that she wouldn't tell Chelsea who he was.
Attorney, Michael Baldwin, drew up settlement and termination of parental rights papers and reminded Billy that prenatal custody agreements were not ironclad. Chelsea signed the papers after Billy and Victoria assured her that she would remain known to their child. They assured her that they were also giving her financial assistance so their son could be proud of his mother.
Adam and Chelsea ran into each other at the Athletic Club bar and commiserated about trying to escape their pasts. Chelsea helped Adam to come out on top in a business deal when she spotted a prospectus on the floor that he was unable to see and read it to him. Upon returning from his business meeting and updating Chelsea on his success, Adam began experiencing pressure in his eyes which turned to flashes which indicated that his vision was returning. His doctor told him it could only be explained as a miracle when Adam regained his sight.
As fellow town pariahs, Chelsea and Adam became friends. After Chelsea told him that her mother had located her father, but wouldn't tell her who he was, Adam did some research and gave her a gift of her birth certificate indicating that Jeffrey Bardwell was her father. Adam accompanied Chelsea to Gloworm where she confronted Jeffrey, but he denied it. Jeffrey told his wife Gloria that his memory did not extend past her, but he thought that he had never met Anita before she began working at Gloworm. A DNA test was done which proved that it was true. Gloria had Anita fired. Jeffrey claimed the test was false, that Chelsea's father must have been his dead twin brother William. But it was disclosed to viewers that Jeffrey was lying and had paid off Anita to disappear and to keep secret that he and Anita were still legally married.
When Billy had to leave Victoria and Chelsea alone when he went to Los Angeles on business, Chelsea got into a fight with Victoria for hovering over her life, and left. Adam became concerned and went looking for her. Knowing her favorite spot to get away, Adam went to Lake Concord and found that Chelsea had fallen through the ice. Risking his own life, Adam managed to pull her out of the lake and took her to a nearby lake cottage when she started to go into labor. Adam did his best to get Chelsea warm, delivered her baby boy, and left them to go for help since his cell phone was getting no reception. Meanwhile Billy arrived home, and he went looking for Chelsea. Victoria had gone to Victor for help, and he allowed her to use his helicopter. They located the cabin, and Victoria found Chelsea delirious and alone with the baby. Billy arrived as Adam returned. But Adam never showed himself or took credit for saving their lives, just walked away alone knowing that Chelsea was in good hands. Chelsea and the baby were fine, and she signed over her parental rights to Billy. After much consideration, Victoria thought to name the baby John, after his grandfather, and she began calling him Johnny. Adam asked Chelsea not to tell anyone what he had done, but when Victoria began badmouthing Adam again, Chelsea disclosed that Adam had been the hero who saved her and her baby's life. Billy and Victoria began to see Adam had indeed changed, and thanked him. Feeling guilty, Adam disclosed to Victoria that her father had actually paid Chelsea to setup Billy in Myanmar.
Nikki overheard Victor admit to Chelsea that he had paid her to setup Billy in Myanmar. Although getting pregnant had not been part of the deal, Chelsea had been a bartender at a surfer bar, and Victor had her spike Billy's drink, seduce him, and take pictures. So that her friends wouldn't know that she had fallen for Billy, Chelsea let her friends plant the drugs on him and accused him of rape.
Victor crashed a family party at Victoria and Billy's to welcome Johnny home. After Billy asked everyone to please leave, Victoria accused Victor that if not for Delia's illness, Billy may have died in prison there, then told him to leave and never return. Later Victoria admitted to Billy that if not for Victor's machinations, they actually may never have gotten Johnny, and Billy agreed that it had all been worthwhile. Chelsea stuck to her word, and with Adam's emotional support, allowed her parental rights to be terminated, and Victoria to adopt her baby. But after the adoption hearing, Chelsea fell weeping into Adams arms, and Chelsea and Adam became lovers. Later Victor offered Chelsea ten million dollars to leave town, but she declined his offer.
In her quest to become a better person, Chelsea let Billy and Victoria off the hook, telling them that she was staying in town to be with Adam, but that she would find a job and pay her own bills, and wouldn't meddle in her their lives. Adam asked Chelsea to share his room, and she moved in. Intent on being something other than a con artist, Chelsea began studying to get her GED
The time for the annual gala came around, and Adam surprised Chelsea a beautiful expenses cocktail dress. As they were leaving for the gala, Adam received a call that the event had been canceled. Rather than disappoint her, Adam took her to the athletic club bar and they played like it was after the prom. While Adam went to the restroom, Chelsea got chilly and put on his jacket, finding an engagement ring in the pocket. Upon Adam's return, Chelsea accused him of intending to propose at the gala in front of Sharon and Victor to taunt them, not because he really cared for her. Chelsea ran outside. Adam followed and convinced her that he really loved her. He proposed and she accepted in the pouring rain.
Since their engagement announcement to the Newman clan was not well-received, Chelsea and Adam tried announcing it to Jeffrey, but were interrupted by Anita who showed up at Gloworm, supposedly after hearing about Chelsea's engagement. Gloria was delighted and reminded them that Gloworm hosted weddings, and Jeffrey pointedly congratulated his niece. Anita interjected that whether Chelsea's daddy was Jeffrey or the late William, she did recall that he had a heart-shaped mole on his inner thigh. Gloria, who had been married to both, was then able to identify Jeffrey as Chelsea's father. Later Jeffrey took Anita aside and she threatened to tell everyone that they were still legally married, if her support checks did not resume. Chelsea later got word that she passed her GED in the 97th percentile.
Adam took Chelsea to a bed and breakfast in his hometown of Leavenworth, Kansas, to elope, surprising her with the traditional something old, new, borrowed, and blue and a selection of wedding dresses. When Sharon found out, she took the next plane there too, telling Victor that she was going to New York City to talk to Noah about Victor's offer for her to move in with him. Instead, Sharon was at Hope's farm when Adam arrived alone. She told Adam that she still loved him, and tried to talk him into ditching Chelsea for her. Adam refused, saying that Chelsea was the only one who "got him", the hick from the farm. As an homage to Hope, Chelsea and Adam were married in Hope's kitchen the next day. Meanwhile the sale of Genevieve's mansion to Adam was being finalized, and he was able to shock Chelsea by taking her home to the 16 acre, 10 bedroom mansion on lake, with its own private airstrip. Jeffrey and Anita dropped by, obviously schmoozing to cash in, and Chelsea threw them out.
Chelsea thought she may be pregnant, but the test proved she was not. Adam was so disappointed, that they began trying to have a baby. Meanwhile Adam and Chelsea worked on the new TagNGrab website venture with Chloe and Kevin, and Sharon married Victor, which Adam called insane. Weeks later at Gloworm, Chelsea excitedly broke the news to Adam that she was pregnant, and was overheard by Sharon, who wished them well, then went home to the ranch and tore up the place. Chelsea later had a nice visit with Jeff, talking about Vegas and cons. He gave her a $100 bill to buy something nice for the baby.
Adam decided to get out of town by taking his pregnant wife on a surprise honeymoon. As they drove to the airport, his niece Summer who was upset and driving recklessly, ran into their car causing Chelsea to miscarry. Both were devastated, but Adam was unable to face it and left home. He ran into Sharon who was getting drunk after being accosted with hatred by every Newman in town. Adam shared that he felt losing his own child was retribution for his taking faith from Sharon. Meanwhile Chelsea sat at home alone with her mourning, named the baby Riley, and wondered why Adam had abandoned her when she needed him most.
Chelsea confronted Adam, wanting the truth of where he had been spending so much of his time, and Adam lied that he had been trying to get into Newman with Jack. Chelsea didn’t believe him and left. Sharon appeared and told Adam she was not going to ruin his marriage, that he needed to tell Chelsea that he was hiding her out. Sharon left to tell Victor what she had done. Finding Jack in Victor's office, he thanked her for driving Newman into the ground, to allow his hostile takeover. Adam arrived and whisked her away to the cabin again where she ranted about being a failure at everything and begged Adam not to leave her. Adam got Sharon some help, and she eventually went home to Noah and Faith, and Chelsea and Adam reconciled. Because Adam was still at her beck and call, Chelsea threatened Sharon to stop, or Chelsea would tell that Sharon had burned down the ranch. After consultation with her doctor, Sharon called things off with Adam, saying that she was done interfering with his life.
Chelsea and Chloe became close, and they came up with the idea of Chelsea working at TagNGrab instead of Adam. Adam got mad that he was not consulted and decided to pull his 15 million dollar investment, and sold his stake in TagNGrab to Tucker McCall who bought out Kevin and Chloe. Chloe bounced back with a great idea for Chelsea to become a designer and start a company together.
Nikki surprised Victor with the redecorated penthouse and played the baby grand for him. They threw a cocktail party to celebrate their new home. Victor invited Adam as bait for Nick and Victoria to fight for Newman, while Victor needled him about Jack's incompetence. Sharon arrived uninvited to confess and apologize. They gave her such a hard time that she freaked out, and Victor yelled at her to leave. Adam followed her, leaving Chelsea behind. Hoping to get Sharon out of Adam's life, Chelsea told Victor and Nikki that Sharon had burned down the ranch. Nikki confronted Sharon, and Victor told Sharon that she needed to seek treatment elsewhere. Later he suspected that Adam had been covering up for Sharon by setting the other fires. Adam found out that Chelsea told them, accused her of betraying him, and left to spend the night at the club. Since Chloe was her only friend, Chelsea went to stay with her and Kevin.
After Adam confessed he wasn't sure how he felt about her and Sharon anymore, Chelsea asked for a divorce. Adam offered Chelsea half his income made during their marriage. She told him she loved him, but he could not buy her off to sooth his conscience. Rebuffed by Sharon, Adam tried to reconcile with Chelsea, but she mistook his sincere effort as being second choice, and told him she would agree to the divorce settlement. Chelsea told Chloe that thanks to the settlement, they didn't need any investors in their new company. But all that changed on New Year's Eve when they got back together with Adam promising they would move away from Genoa City. But later when Adam told Chelsea they would have to put off leaving town because he was still needed at Newman, she threw a fit accusing him of putting business before her, told him they were through, and demanded a divorce.
Intent on taking Adam for all she could, Chelsea let Chloe know that she was ready to start their business, and they purchased the Restless Style building from Billy with Chelsea's half million dollar settlement. When Billy saw their designs, he promised to put in a word with Jack about them becoming a local collaborator for the new Jabot fashion division. Cane began spending a lot of time with Chelsea encouraging her that she could rise above her past as he had, and follow her dreams in fashion design. Chelsea, Chloe and Gloria made a presentation to Jabot and they were hired as a team of collaborators for Jabot Cosmetics fashion division.
Food began making Chelsea nauseous, and a pregnancy test confirmed that she was pregnant again. When she finally decided to tell Adam, she found him with Sharon at his house, so instead she gave him her wedding ring and left. Chelsea made several other attempts to tell Adam, but was always interrupted by Sharon's presence.
Chelsea was helped by newcomer Dylan McAvoy when her car had a dead battery, and they enjoyed each other. Then weeks later, after being yelled at by Adam, and her hopes for telling him about the baby were dashed, Chelsea fell into bed with Dylan. Both agreed it was just a one-night stand, and Chelsea knew it would be convenient if she ever had to claim her baby was not Adam's.
Sharon called Chelsea to let her know that Adam was in the hospital after heroically taking a bullet meant for his father during Victor and Nikki's wedding reception. At Genoa City Memorial, Dr. Costner removed the bullet from Adam, finding bone fragments from a shattered rib which had damaged a lung. In the waiting room, Chelsea lit into Victor, reminding him that he and Adam had both grown up without their fathers, and how Adam was routinely shunned. Following surgery, only one person was allowed in to see Adam, and Chelsea magnanimously allowed it to be Sharon. Adam told Sharon to take charge of Newman for him, then went into a coma. Chelsea told Adam about her pregnancy while he was in a coma, But after seeing Sharon with him when he woke up, she declined to tell him again. After dropping her bag in front of Sharon, exposing a bottle of prenatal vitamins, Chelsea had to admit that she was pregnant, but claimed it was not Adam's. Sharon told Adam, he confronted Chelsea in front of Dylan, and Chelsea told them that the baby was Dylan's. Tearing up, Adam told Chelsea he was happy that she was finally having a baby, but apparently it did not matter with whom.
Lily came up with a Jabot Face of Fashion marketing campaign called "Dare to be Different" for Chelsea's designs using unknown models, and it was approved with Lily working with Tyler. Tyler suggested Summer as their model. Chelsea forgave Summer for the death of her unborn child, saying that they were both getting a second chance.
After the shock wore off, Dylan assured Chelsea that he would not abandon his child, which Chelsea told him would be due around Thanksgiving. The next day, Adam delivered their finalized divorce decree, reminding Chelsea of her huge settlement that he assumed she accepted while pregnant with another man's child, and called her a con to the very core. Chelsea's mother, Anita, was disappointed in Chelsea's choice when she could have used the baby to win back a rich man like Adam, warned her that everything will blow up in her face when Dylan found out he was used, and suggested she get out of it before it was too late. Chelsea felt guilty the more Dylan got into the idea of becoming a father, and invited him over to tell him the truth. But when he surprised her with plans to build a baby cradle, she backed out again. They began spending a lot of time together, enjoying each other's company while Dylan began designing his new digs in a converted warehouse, including a nursery.
Seeing how advanced Chelsea's pregnancy was and remembering her continual attempts to "tell him something important", Adam confronted Chelsea that her baby had to be his. Chelsea denied it. But Victoria told Chelsea she knew the truth, and was willing to help her keep it from Adam for both their sakes.
Dylan bought Crimson Lights coffee bar, and as they made plans to change its name and personality to make it successful again, Chelsea realized she was falling in love, and she spent the night. The next day, Dylan and Chelsea exchanged "I love you's" while Chelsea's mother, Anita, attempted to tell Adam that he was the father of Chelsea's baby. But knowing Anita only wanted him with Chelsea because he had more money than Dylan, Adam refused to let her talk.
One evening, Chelsea arrived at Dylan's to find 'WILL YOU MARRY ME' scrawled on the wall. Feeling guilty, Chelsea said that she did not deserve this. Dylan left the room, but returned to see that Chelsea had painted her reply of yes.
A guy Dylan called "Stitch" who had been part of Dylan's crew in Afghanistan visited Dylan and met both Chelsea and Avery. Stitch was a medic, and told how they had met when Dylan busted his chin open falling off a camel. He had stitched Dylan up, and left no scar, so had been called Stitch ever since. Stitch told Chelsea that he was married, with a three year old son. He explained that he had been home on leave after his son's birth when his platoon was massacred, and felt guilty that he should have been there. Alone with Dylan, Stitch suggested Dylan open up to Chelsea about the past. The nightmares returned to Dylan that night, and Chelsea told Dylan that she would be there for him when he is ready to talk about it.
Dylan surprised Chelsea by inviting Jeff and Anita to their place for dinner. Both were visibly disappointed in the place, and Jeff insulted Dylan as not being able to take care of his daughter. But Anita surprised Chelsea saying that Dylan was a good guy, and everything would be all right. They discussed potential baby names of Scarlet, Emily, or Terry after Dylan's dad. After Jeff made some more judgmental comments, Dylan said that he was not Adam and glad of it, because Adam was smart enough to make millions but smart enough to make Chelsea happy. Jeffrey later got Chelsea to pay him off to keep quiet about the paternity of her baby.
Chelsea went to Avery who told her that Dylan's entire unit had been wiped out, and she had been notified by Dylan's dad that Dylan was presumed dead. That Avery had crumpled to the floor and cried for weeks. Eventually Avery read articles about it online, mostly obits of the men in his unit.
Dylan finally explained to Chelsea that they had been on a routine mission, but hit a mine that had been planted in the road, causing a huge explosion which killed all of his men. He recalled how Sully had been just a scared kid who was injured in the sand nearby. Dylan had lost his gun and needed one to fight back, so he asked Sully to shove him his gun, but when he moved, Sully was fired on and killed, and it had been Dylan's fault. Somehow Dylan had been rescued by a local family and nursed back to health. But when insurgents attacked the village, the father handed his young daughter Ara to him, and he ran out the back to save her while the family had been slaughtered. Dylan told how they had found what food and water that they could, but Ara's health declined and she had died on the way back to camp. Dylan had been wracked with guilt ever since for letting his unit and the family down, that they were all dead because of him.
Chelsea was thrilled to see the first print ad for her line, 'Chelsea by Jabot' which featured Summer Newman and Mason Wilder as the models. The campaign was very successful, and Chelsea and Chloe's designs became a big hit. Not long afterward, Chelsea went into labor, fearing that if she delivered, Dylan would realize that the baby was full term and too early to be his. When Chelsea's doctor evaded his questions, Dylan assumed it was because he was not her husband, and suggested to Chelsea that they get married right away. When Chelsea's labor stopped, Dylan took her home to his loft which was decorated for a wedding. The invited guests Chloe, Jeffrey, Anita, and Stitch arrived, followed by Billy with a cake catered by his restaurant. After some quick alterations to Chelsea's wedding gown by Chloe, the minister arrived, heartfelt vows were exchanged, and they were married using Dylan's parent's wedding rings. Afterward, Chelsea again went into labor, and Dylan delivered a baby boy before the paramedics showed up. Chelsea blamed his normal lung development on medication she had been taking and his size on the fact that both she and Dylan had been big babies at birth. They named him after Dylan's father, Terrance Connor McAvoy, to be called Connor. But their happiness was short-lived after Connor was suspected to have inherited retinitis pigmentosa. After Chelsea said there was none in her family, Dylan blamed himself, sure that it must be in his.
Adam confronted Chelsea after overhearing that her baby had a degenerative eye disease, but Chelsea still denied that Adam was the father. Dylan arrived, and Adam left, warning her to tell Dylan the truth. Chelsea then had to admit to Dylan that Adam was the father, and that she had known it all along. Dylan teared-up, asking how she could do that to him, let him name the baby after his father, and make him a cradle? Chelsea claimed that she had fallen in love with him, that nothing had to change. Dylan cried that everything had changed. He had loved and trusted her and the baby, but that everything had been based on a lie. Chelsea begged Dylan not to abandon them, but he left.
Afterward Chelsea met with Adam, and he convinced her to admit that baby was his. Adam told her that he was changing the baby's name and suing for sole custody.
Dylan returned home a couple days later and told Chelsea that he could not forgive her, was leaving town, and wanted a divorce. When Chelsea left the room, the thunder storm outside got louder. Dylan had a flashback to explosions in Vietnam and ran out the door with Connor. After finding out that his son was missing, Adam went to Avery for help, and they found Dylan and Connor at his family cabin. Avery talked Dylan down from his PTSD delusion, and he gave the baby to Avery. Adam insisted they take the baby home to his penthouse where he would be safe, and allowed Chelsea to be with Connor, only if she stayed there with them. The eye specialist later informed them that Connor's eventual blindness would be caused by retinal scarring during his traumatic birth, not by any inherited disease.
Adam received the results of the paternity test, confirming that Connor was his son. He asked Avery to proceed with the order to substitute his name for Dylan's on the birth certificate, and change his last name to Newman. Chelsea and Adam took Connor to Dr. Lintz the eye specialist, and he was diagnosed with Peters Anomaly. Connor would go blind without an immediate corneal transplant. Adam was refused when he tried to make a large donation to the hospital to speed up finding transplant material, but vowed he would do whatever it takes. Adam promised Chelsea that he would not take Connor away from her and that they would give Connor the family Adam never had. Chloe and Billy's daughter Delia was killed by a hit and run driver. After Chloe heard about the immediate need for corneas for Connor, she and Billy signed the papers to donate Delia's, and the transplant occurred. The transplant was successful and Connor was able to see thanks to Delia. Chloe found solace in visiting Chelsea and Connor, believing that he would be seeing life through Delia's eyes. Adam grew more distant with Chelsea, but loving toward Connor. Wanting to be alone, he allowed Chelsea to move out and take Connor, but she declined, and stayed. Dylan presented Chelsea with the divorce papers, and she signed them, wishing each other well.
Adam and Chelsea discussed their past together, and Chelsea commented that he was becoming the man she loved again. On Thanksgiving, they took their first family portrait, with Connor in a turkey costume. After agreeing to let go of the past and look forward, they kissed. Interrupted by Chloe, Adam excused himself, and Chloe agreed to stay with Connor while Chelsea made a quick trip to the office to get something they needed to work on. When Chelsea returned, both Chloe and Connor were missing. Chelsea panicked and called Kevin. They were discussing what to do when Chloe and Connor returned from a drive innocently taken because Connor had been fussy. Chloe was horrified when she realized that they thought she would steal Connor to replace Delia, but she realized that she should have at least left a note. Adam was upset with Chelsea when he found out, but later he and Chelsea made love, and they exchanged "I love you's". After hinting around the idea of remarrying for about a week, Chelsea (spurred on by Anita) finally told Adam that if he was serious, she would say yes, and Adam said that he was.
Chelsea asked Chloe to be Connor's godmother, and Adam asked Jack to be godfather. Adam also looked into making Jack Connor's legal guardian in case anything ever happened to him, so that Victor could never get his hooks into Adam's son. Just prior to Connor's blessing, Adam and Chelsea signed the guardianship papers and paperwork officially changing his name to Connor Adam Newman. But when Victor showed up uninvited at the end of the blessing, everyone was astonished when Adam allowed Victor to hold Connor.
Billy discovered that Adam was the donor who setup the Delia Project, and confronted Adam, assuming that Adam had done it to repay them for Delia's corneas. Chelsea was upset that Adam had never confided in her, but he explained that it would have been hard for her to keep it from Chloe. Adam shocked Chelsea with a stunning engagement ring, and the idea of trying again to have her dream of living in Paris. Chelsea agreed and they made plans to leave in a few days. But Chloe reacted negatively to Connor being taken away from her, and made plans to move there too.
Adam and Chelsea were married by a judge with Jack and Anita as witnesses. Chelsea went to say goodbye to Johnny before leaving for Paris, but returned home to a note from Adam saying just, "I love you, I always will", with a video. Chelsea watched the video, and saw Adam confess to being the hit and run driver who hit Delia, and saying that it was an accident, and he had not known that he had hit anyone. Chelsea, dazed and confused, was interrupted by Victor at the door. He hugged her and reassured her that no matter what, she and Connor were family and would be taken care of. Chloe arrived after finding out the truth, and accused Chelsea of knowing all along. But after viewing the video, Chloe realized that she did not, and they vowed to remain friends and take care of Connor together. Later, Anita arrived after she heard about it on the news, and she and Chelsea watched the video together. Chelsea poured her heart out to Anita, who made Chelsea realize that Adam was telling the truth and had only covered everything up to protect her and Connor, in fact Connor would probably be blind now if Adam hadn't. Chelsea confessed that she still loved Adam and would do anything she could to help him.
Jack arrived at the penthouse and told Chelsea that Billy and Adam had been in a car crash, that the car had exploded, and the police had found only Adam's watch. Victor joined them, and gave them the news that Billy had gotten out and was going to be fine, but that Adam was still missing and presumed dead. Jack was elated at the news about Billy, but admitted that he had loved Adam like a son, and gave Victor and Chelsea condolences. Chelsea refused to believe that Adam was dead. Victor again assured Chelsea that she and Connor were Newmans, and always would be and Victor urged her to live at the ranch, that he would even build her a house there. Jack and Sharon reminded her that was exactly what Adam would NOT have wanted. And Jack later told her that Victor had known that Adam was the driver, but rather than urge him to turn himself in, had been blackmailing Adam to be able to see his grandson.
At the Delia Project Valentine's Day benefit, Lauren asked Chloe how Chelsea was doing, and she snapped back, "Fine because her sick bastard of a husband killed my child, that's how!" Chelsea and Jack walked in together and overheard. Chloe went off on Chelsea, then apologized, and left. Chloe then went to Chelsea's and told Anita she was to relieve her babysitting Connor. After Anita left, Chloe packed up Connor's things, stole Chelsea and Connor's passports, and assuming Chelsea's identity, flew to Paris. Victor, Chelsea and Kevin took Victor's jet, and found them both at the apartment where Chelsea and Adam were going to live. Kevin talked Chloe into giving up Connor and returning with them to Genoa City where she was arrested for kidnapping. Chelsea then talked Victor into investigating if Adam was still alive as she believed, in exchange for access to Connor. Victor's operative located Chick, a homeless man, who told Chelsea and Victor that he witnessed a man crawl out of the SUV with his clothes on fire. Later when she confided this in Billy, Billy tried to convince her to stop looking for Adam and warned her not to trust Victor. Victor had the last call that Chelsea supposedly received from Adam traced to New Orleans.
Chelsea was distressed to see comments online about burning the clothes made by the wife of a kid-killer, but Jabot refused to abandon the line. Instead they began planning a Jabot/Forrester Creations joint fashion show, and Lauren made plans to open a new boutique at the athletic club. Chloe was resentful that Chelsea had gotten a restraining order to keep her away from Connor. Chloe was released under Kevin's care, returned to work and was welcomed by Lauren and Lily. But Chloe was upset to learn that Chelsea was designing on her own without her.
Victor broke the news to Chelsea that a John Doe had been found in the river two counties away, that was a match to Adam's dental records. Chelsea insisted on seeing the body when it arrived to be sure and to say goodbye, but Paul and Jack talked her out it, reminding her that it was unrecognizable and a sight that she would never forget. They began making plans for a memorial. Chelsea insisted that Sharon, who had also loved him, be invited.
The Chelsea by Jabot fashion show was held using real women of Genoa City as models, Lily, Hilary, and Abby alongside Esmerelda the featured model for the line. Summer worked behind the scenes for Jack. Lily insisted on bickering with Hilary throughout. When Chelsea arrived, she and Chloe ended up in a cat fight, pushing and shoving each other, and were caught by Rick and Caroline Forrester. When the Forresters got her alone, they offered Chelsea a design job under a separate label. Chloe heard her accept, saying that it would be no problem cutting out her current partner. To get back at Chelsea, Chloe cut up the showstopper finale dress that Esmerelda was to wear. Chelsea somehow salvaged it and got it to work, and the fashion show was a hit. Afterward Chloe tried to apologize, saying that she wished she could still be herself, that all she had left was rage, and she needed her best friend to forgive her and give her another chance. Chelsea agreed and they hugged.
Late one evening, Billy showed up at Chelsea's door to see Connor, explaining that he had seen so much bad since Delia's death, that he wanted to see some good. Chelsea was reluctant to let him in, but seeing his pain, she let him see Connor. They had a couple drinks and laughs, and were about to share a pizza and a movie when Billy kissed her. Chelsea angrily asked Billy to leave. Then Connor started choking. They rushed him to the hospital, and he was diagnosed with a bad case of croup.
Chelsea had Adam declared dead, and a memorial service was held with just Chelsea, Victor, and Jack saying kind words about him over an urn of ashes. Meanwhile viewers saw that Adam had someone plant a camera over Connor's crib, and he began watching Chelsea and his son. Chelsea convinced Billy to accept a large donation from her inheritance to Delia Project.
Billy spoke with Chelsea about how Chloe had been trying to seduce him, and they realized that Chloe was only getting worse in her obsession to have a baby to replace Delia. They convinced the family to help get her admitted to Fairview Sanitarium, and staged an intervention. But Chloe found out and disappeared. Kevin tracked her to their favorite movie theater, and she agreed to being admitted. But Chloe decided that she needed to get away from all the reminders of Delia, so was admitted to a facility in California. As she was leaving, Chelsea told her they would always be best friends, and let her hold Connor.
Billy began spending more and more time with Chelsea and Connor. Then, after discovering that Victoria was pregnant, Billy went home elated. But Victoria had to break it to him that the baby might belong to Stitch, and that they had to wait until she was 14 weeks along to do a DNA test. Billy became upset and unsure if he could accept another man's child, but Victoria reminded him how she had accepted Johnny, the child he had with Chelsea.
Billy became all the more determined to expose Stitch, and enlisted Chelsea's help. They went to Melbourne, Australia, to speak to his ex-wife Jenna. But Jenna saw thru them and kicked them out without telling them anything. They decided that the only way to find out more about Ben was to investigate Kelly. Searching online, they discovered that her son Sam had a memorial site, and it mentioned her husband Ben. Later, hearing Billy talk about his undying love for Victoria, Chelsea kissed him. On Billy's return, Victoria told him that spying on Ben was the last straw, and she was filing for divorce.
Billy talked Kevin into investigating Ben Rayburn, and Kevin discovered that Ben and Kelly were actually brother and sister. Kevin had more information, but Billy decided it was time to grow up and not hear any more, and he left. But Chelsea wanted to know more. Kevin got Chelsea to admit that she cared about Billy. Kevin told Chelsea that he had discovered in high school and college transcripts from Ben's medical school records that the real Ben Rayburn had died after high school graduation, and that the man they knew as Ben had taken his identity when he joined the army, and was still using his social security number. Kevin and Chelsea continued digging into Ben's past and discovered that the real Ben Rayburn had lived in Chesterfield, MO. and attended Chesterfield high school. Ben's obituary read: Born 1978 – died 1996, son of Mari and Earnest, sister Angela. Grandparents Martin and Hazel Weaver and Diane and Vincent Rayburn. An accompanying photo showed him to be dark-haired and slender-faced, unlike Stitch. Kevin researched further, and discovered Ben's birth name was Ben Russell.
Convinced that he and Victoria were through, Billy went to Chelsea, who gave him a shoulder massage, and they ended up making love. Afterward, Chelsea was disappointed when Billy told her it was a mistake, and it would never happen again. Victoria walked in on them discussing it later, and lit into Billy that as always, he finds a warm bed with a willing woman when he has a problem.
Ben confronted Chelsea, telling her they were alike, that he too had paid for his past and was trying to start over, reminding her that if she destroyed him with it, it would destroy her chances with Billy too. But Billy discovered the high school yearbook at Chelsea's showing Ben Rayburn and Ben Russell, and got her to admit all that she and Kevin knew about Ben. He then confronted Ben with it.
Chelsea invited Dylan, Billy and Kevin to help celebrate Connor's first birthday with a party in Chancellor park. A clown showed up, tickled Connor, and Connor called him "DaDa". After the clown left, they realized that no one had arranged for a clown.
Chelsea, feeling that she was becoming too involved with Billy, who needed to concentrate on his pregnant wife, decided to spend some time in Los Angeles working on her line with Forrester Creations. Later Billy shared with Chelsea that his divorce had become final, and when she returned to town, they began to date openly.