It’s hard to believe it’s only been three years since YOUNG AND RESTLESS’s Lily and Cane first crossed paths, considering all the ups and downs and trials and tribulations the couple has endured. However, through it all, they’ve emerged devoted to one another. Here’s a look back at their romance.2007: Lily Winters, recently divorced from Daniel Romalotti, and Cane Ashby, recently divorced from Amber Moore, first met. The twosome felt an instant chemistry, but opted to remain friends because of their significant age difference.
January 2008: The passion between Lily and Cane couldn’t be denied, and they started a romantic relationship. They shared their first kiss, which led to their first date, despite Lily’s father Neil’s disapproval. Soon, Lily won the Fresh Face of Jabot contest and became an exclusive model for Jabot Cosmetics, the company owned by Cane’s family, the Chancellors.
February 2008: Valentine’s Day 2008 was a day the happy couple would never forget: They made love for the very first time. As fate would have it, Neil caught Cane leaving his and Lily’s room at the Genoa City Athletic Club afterward. Cane swore to Neil that he loved Lily and would never hurt her.
April 2008: Lily discovered she was pregnant with Cane’s baby. After much indecision, Lily decided to have the child, and a gallant Cane immediately proposed marriage. But Lily declined, believing he was asking for the wrong reasons. When Lily and Cane went for her first ultrasound examination, it was discovered that there was no baby. The embryo had dissolved on its own due to an imperfection. Lily and Cane were both devastated.
May 2008: Lily and Cane decided to continue dating after the loss of their baby. However, Chloe set her sights on Cane; she made a pass at him, but he rejected her.
July 2008: After Chloe discovered she was pregnant, she got Cane drunk and offered him a ride home. When Cane passed out in her car, she set it up to look like they had had sex. Cane refused to believe he’d been unfaithful to Lily.
August 2008: Cane proposed to Lily again, and, this time, she happily accepted. But when Chloe announced she was pregnant and that Cane could possibly be the father, Lily was heartbroken. She broke up with Cane when DNA tests revealed he couldn’t be ruled out as the child’s father. Lily persuaded Cane to marry Chloe for the baby’s sake.
October 2008: Billy Abbott realized he was the father of Chloe’s baby, but kept the information to himself. He began wooing Lily under a fictitious name on an Internet date site. Soon, Billy and Lily met and began dating, as Cane seethed.
February 2009: Billy and Lily planned a Valentine’s Day getaway at the Abbott cabin. Chloe followed them there, and after a confrontation, Billy was forced to confess to Lily that he was the father of Chloe’s baby. Just then, Chloe went into labor and delivered a beautiful baby girl. Cane, who had been trying to get to the cabin to see Lily, walked in just as Billy was holding the baby. Cane was excited to see “his” daughter. After they all returned to town, Chloe confessed the truth about Delia’s paternity to an anguished Cane, who decided to sue for custody of the child.
March 2009: Cane proposed to Lily, but she didn’t think he should fight for full custody of Cordelia.
May 2009: Lily disagreed with Cane’s choice and refused to marry him because of it. Ultimately, Cane dropped the custody suit, and proposed to Lily yet again. She said yes and they married in a romantic ceremony.
July 2009: Lily was blindsided when she learned Cane’s entire identity had been a lie. He was not Phillip Chancellor III, but an imposter who was sent to town by the real Phillip to take his place and heal his family. Lily separated from her husband and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. August 2009: Upon learning of Lily’s illness, Cane returned to her side to support her. Lily underwent a hysterectomy; however, her doctor was able to harvest two of her eggs prior to the procedure. It gave Lily hope that she’d one day realize her dream of becoming a mother.
November 2009: Lily and Cane renewed their wedding vows and dreamed of starting a family together; all they needed was someone to carry their child. Mac agreed to the task and signed a surrogacy contract.
January 2010: Mac was thrilled to learn the in vitro process had worked: She was pregnant with Cane and Lily’s baby. She soon learned that this “baby” was actually twins.
May 2010: Upon learning her cancer had returned, Lily went to France to begin a trial stem-cell treatment, but it was unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Cane sued Mac for the rights to the twins’ amniotic fluid, hoping it would save Lily, despite Lily’s objections to putting the babies at risk.
June 2010: Mac gave birth to Lily and Cane’s twins, Charlie and Matilda. The doctor harvested stem cells from the twins to treat Lily, and the process proved successful. Lily, Cane and their new babies looked forward to a long, happy future together.
October 2010: Phillip warned Cane that the cattle rustlers from his past in Australia were out of jail and bent on revenge. Cane realized that he and his family were being watched when he received a mysterious DVD containing pictures of all of them. He told Lily they were all in danger.