How Stacey Solomon turned Joe Swash from an eternal bachelor to ultimate family man | The Sun
THEY are gearing to tie the knot in the next few weeks after six years together.
With a gorgeous blended family, a million pound home and impressive careers, the pair seem to be living the ultimate fairy tale.
However, it’s been a long-time coming for Joe, 40, and Stacey, 32, who have both had to overcome a few obstacles to get their happily ever after.
Before he settled into his role as a family man with his and Stacey’s son Rex, daughter Rose and his two-stepsons Leighton, and Zachary, Joe spent years on the single market.
The EastEnders actor also endured the heartbreak of a ‘tricky’ court battle with his ex-girlfriend over his eldest child Harry.
Here we reveals how Joe moved on from the heartbreak of his past to bag his dream woman, and in turn become her dream man…
THE ETERNAL BACHELOR
Before he fell into the arms of his Loose Woman fiancee, Joe Swash spent much of his time on the red carpet alone.
Joe, 40, was single for six years until he met Stacey back in 2016.
His previous relationship had been with fellow EastEnders actor and on-screen sister Kara Tointon.
The pair first met in 2005 when they played Mickey Miller and Dawn Swann on the soap but it wasn’t until after Joe left the show in 2008 that they became a couple – however, it was short-lived love with the pair parting ways in 2010.
Prior to Kara, Joe’s only other known long-term relationship was with the mother of his son Harry, Emma Sophocleus.
Emma and Joe dated between 2005 and 2008, when their relationship famously ended in tears.
When he began dating Stacey, not only did Joe have to adjust to living with her kids, he also had to introduce her family to his own son, Harry, 15.
The dad has previously opened up about his ‘tricky’ relationship with Harry’s mum Emma, revealing that the pair had to go to court to settle custody issues over their son.
Joe opened up on the podcast, Step Life.
"With me and Harry it was tricky with his mum," he said.
"We had to go to court and stuff like that. So in hindsight it's a great thing. But it's been a strange one for Hal – he's had to do a lot of adapting.
"I do feel quite sorry for Hal for what he's had to go through.
"Me and Hal, we're in each other's lives on a daily basis now," Joe said.
"We talk to each other every day, we see each other every couple of days, he only lives 20 minutes away from me and at the beginning, maybe even five years ago, it's completely different to what it is now."
Shortly after his relationship with ex Kara ended, Joe was finally introduced to the former X Factor star on I’m A Celebrity in 2010.
The pair became good friends after they met, and Joe later admitted he'd fancied Stacey back then, but it wasn't the right time.
It wasn’t until six years later that the pair finally got together.
The pair first sparked dating rumours in January 2016 when Stacey posted a snap of herself on a spa weekend stating that she felt like a "new woman". Then just days later she was spotted arm-in-arm with Joe in Essex.
That same month, Stacey made it official on Instagram – sharing a snap of her new boyfriend with some flowers.
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But the pair admit that sparks didn’t immediately fly, as Joe previously admitted that his first kiss with Stacey was like “kissing a dead person.”
Appearing on Shopping With Keith Lemon, Joe told how the pair got close in Australia when Stacey was a guest on spin-off show I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! NOW! which he presented.
He said: "We spent loads of time together and before I knew it she was going home so I thought, I'll make a move."
Stacey added: "He opened the door and he just jumped on me. Keith, I didn't know what to do so I just stood there like this."
Joe then chimed: "It was like kissing a dead person! She didn't move, no tongue action, it was all me. With my tongue I was trying to find her tongue. I was like, 'what's going on here'."
The adorable couple moved in together in Essex during October 2018 after three years of dating.
Since moving in with Stacey, the couple have become somewhat of a “blended” family with both having kids from previous relationships.
After the court's ruling, Joe's relationship with his son has flourished and Harry has become part of a blended family.
The Loose Women panellist also has children from previous relationships Zachary, 14, with her ex Dean Cox, and Leighton, ten, with her ex Aaron Barham.
"We couldn't be more blended if you tried," he said.
"And like you said, it is tricky. It's not straightforward.
"There's lot of people to take into consideration. Some of them people might not be as reasonable as other people, you know, so it's a constant minefield of trying to juggle and keep all the parties happy."
“They are the ultimate example of how to do a blended family”, one source tells Fabulous, “With Stacey’s previous two kids and Joe’s as well, they have managed to make it work so well.”
The pair welcomed baby boy Rex Toby Francis Swash, on May 23, 2019.
Taking to Instagram, Joe admitted he was in awe of his girlfriend and "witnessed the impossible" as Stacey gave birth.
And the family had now got even bigger, with Stacey and Joe's baby daughter Rose having arrived in October last year
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