Johnny Carter meets Gianluca outside a gay pub in Soho where they start chatting and agree to attend Pride London together the next day.
As they began falling for each other and exchanging text messages, Johnny soon introduced Gianluca to his family during Linda's party as the party gets underway. Johnny and Gianluca sneak upstairs where they sleep together for the first time.Johnny sees him off at the tube station where they share a passionate kiss before he leaves to go back to italy downhearted leaving Johnny in Walford.
They stay in contact via text message. Johnny later invites Gianluca to his mother Linda Carter's birthday party at The Queen Victoria public house. Gianluca reveals that he is returning home to Italy the following morning and suggests making their last night together an enjoyable one. At the pub, Johnny introduces Gianluca to his family.
Johnny then loses his virginity to Gianluca. As Gianluca is leaving, Linda tells him he is welcome back anytime. Johnny walks Gianluca to the tube station and kisses him goodbye. He briefly considers going with Gianluca to Italy but Gianluca tells him to stay as his life is in London, and Johnny bids him farewell.
However, in December Johnny reveals to his family that he is going to go travelling with Gianluca and he leaves on a motorbike soon after. In an episode dated 18 January 2016, it’s mentioned that Mick and Linda are visiting Johnny and Gianluca in Italy, they are staying there another week and going skiing.
In an episode dated 12 April 2016, Johnny stated that he loved Gianluca so much. Moving out to Italy, he barely knew Gianluca. But everything was so exciting, so new. When Mick and Linda visited Johnny in Italy, Johnny and Gianluca hid that they were having relationship problems. In the end, Gianluca and Johnny wanted different things. Gianluca moved out back to his ex. Gianluca’s mother wanted Johnny to stay with her but Johnny decided to go home after he had a call from Mick, to surprise Linda.