‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Were Jackson and April Meant to Be Together? Justin Bruening Doesn’t Think So

by Jeremy Spirogis
Sarah Drew as April Kepner and Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery on ABC

Nobody does romance fairly like Grey’s Anatomy, and the love story between Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and April Kepner (Sarah Drew) is the one proof you want. The couple shaped a relationship after creating a robust friendship. They additionally confronted quite a few hardships, together with the heartwrenching lack of Samuel Norbert Avery. So when Jackson and April didn’t find yourself collectively upon the trauma surgeon’s exit in Grey’s Anatomy Season 14, some followers have been left in an outrage. 

Now, it’s been a scorching minute since April determined to depart Grey Sloan Memorial with Matthew Taylor (Justin Bruening). So with time, the fandom has calmed down with reference to Japril. But Bruening lately revealed viewers are nonetheless caught up with the connection. And whereas the actor admitted April and Jackson had an epic romance, he believes April obtained her fortunately ever after with Matthew.

Jackson Avery and April Kepner didn’t find yourself collectively on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Grey’s Anatomy followers have been launched to April and Jackson when Mercy West merged with Seattle Grace. The pair shaped a detailed friendship till they slept collectively earlier than taking their medical boards examination. 

As time glided by, April and Jackson had a couple of ups and downs. There was clearly a spark. But after a being pregnant scare, it appeared the 2 would go their separate methods. Then finally, April met Matthew and the couple received engaged. 

At April and Matthew’s wedding ceremony, Jackson confessed his love for his ex. Then in a flip of occasions, April left her fiancé on the altar to run away with Jackson. They eloped.

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Later, April and Jackson revealed they have been anticipating a baby. They named the newborn Samuel. However, he was born at 24 weeks and solely lived a couple of brief hours. This induced the couple to spiral and April even left Seattle. In the top, the lovers determined to divorce.

Nevertheless, this wasn’t the top of Japril. When signing the divorce papers, Grey’s Anatomy followers realized April was pregnant. Naturally, when Jackson came upon, there was some drama. But when that subsided, the couple determined to co-parent their daughter, Harriet Kepner-Avery. 

As talked about, Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 was April’s closing season. But she didn’t find yourself with Jackson. Instead, the ABC medical drama introduced again April’s first fiancé, Matthew. The two reconnected, began courting, and received married. April additionally left Grey Sloan Memorial. But she continues to reside in Seattle and co-parents Harriet with Jackson — simply offscreen. 

Justin Bruening discusses Jackson Avery and April Kepner’s love story on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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When talking with Entertainment Weekly, Bruening opened up about his expertise taking part in Matthew on Grey’s Anatomy. The actor has since moved on to different tasks, equivalent to Sweet Magnolias, however followers nonetheless convey up his time on Grey’s. Nevertheless, Bruening revealed viewers usually inform him they most well-liked seeing April and Jackson collectively. 

“It’s funny, the show has such a wide-reaching fan base,” Bruening mentioned. “I received stopped at a grocery retailer lately. They can’t place the place they acknowledge me from. I’ll say, ‘Well, it’s most likely Grey’s,’ after which they’ll get wide-eyed and ask, ‘Who are you?’ I’ll say Matthew. And they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, we love you… but to be honest, we want Jackson and April together.’”

He continued, “I take it as a compliment. I did my job. My purpose the first time was to get Jackson and April back together, and my purpose the second time was to give April the happy ending she truly deserved.”

Sarah Drew as April Kepner and Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" - Season Fourteen
Sarah Drew as April Kepner and Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Mitch Haaseth by way of Getty Images

Bruening then admitted Jackson and April had a terrific love story on Grey’s Anatomy. He additionally acknowledged April’s relationship with Matthew didn’t maintain as much as the Japril romance.

“I know where I stand, all right,” Bruening mentioned. “I guess there was some Mapril people. There’s a lot of sympathy for my character because he is so nice. In their minds, Matthew did all the right things. But an attraction is an attraction. You can’t fight that. I’m more than happy to take the back burner to Japril. That’s the love story.”

But simply because April and Jackson had an epic romance, doesn’t essentially imply they need to have ended up collectively. 

“It’s Romeo and Juliet,” Bruening mentioned. “Two people that shouldn’t be together want to be together, and that’s completely fine, even though I’m married to her now. So technically, I won.”

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