Joe Swash says proposal to Stacey Solomon will be 'intimate' – and reveals she's planned the whole wedding already

Joe Swash says proposal to Stacey Solomon will be 'intimate' – and reveals she's planned the whole wedding already

JOE Swash has revealed how his wedding proposal to Stacey Solomon will be “intimate and meaningful” – after their blended family saved his sanity during lockdown.

The former EastEnders star, 38, was crowned the 2020 Dancing On Ice champion just days before Covid-19 forced the country to close.

Suddenly, Joe went from training on the ice seven days a week to being trapped at home changing nappies with Stacey, their baby son Rex, Stacey’s two boys Zachary, 12, and Leighton, 8, and Joe’s eldest son Harry, 13.

Joe confided to Sun Online: “If I didn't have them, I don't know what I'd have done. I'm one of those people who is good by myself for certain amount of time but then I become destructive to myself.

“I'm really glad I've got my family around me. I've got people to make happy – when you haven't got that it can be very isolating.”

In the end, Joe has relished catching up with his family after worrying he was missing out on 17-month-old Rex’s early days and facing burnout as Dancing On Ice took over his schedule.

He said: “I was training seven days a week … it was very hard, one the hardest things I've ever done. So going from that to nothing was quite overdue. I missed out as much with Rex for a couple of months because I was working so it's just nice to spend all the time making up time really.”

Seven months on and Joe’s lost all his sexy fitness from his training – but retained a cauliflower ear and a groin injury.

He laughed: “It's difficult to keep up anyway going to the gym let alone with lockdown. So just gone back to having a dad bod again.”

Dad bod or not, Joe is secure in his relationship with Stacey, 31, who he’s been together with for five yars. He said: “We love each other. So long as you love each other, it’s all good.”

When the time is right to pop the question, Stacey shouldn’t expect fireworks, but there will be romance.

Joe said: “I don't think I'm going to have to do something big to impress Stace, we've been together for five years, we've got kids together. It would have to be something intimate and meaningful.”

Joe gets embarrassed talking about his love life, but insists he isn’t bashful about his feelings when it’s just him and Stacey.

He said: “I don't find it cringy being romantic to Stacey but I find it really cringy to be telling people how romantic I can be.”

And when the big day comes, Joe wants Stacey to have the perfect wedding of her dreams, revealing that she already has everything planned.

He said: “She knows exactly what she wants and how she wants it. I'll leave that to Stacey I think.”

Fans will be relieved to hear their romance is still alive after Joe recently took her on a surprise date to IKEA.

Joe laughed: “I can get a lot more romantic, but it’s either be romantic, or do something that Stacey really wants to do and Stacey really loves going to Ikea to get a fejka…

"I didn't know what a fejka was for is apparently a fake plant you buy from IKEA.”

And when he’s not making Stacey’s dreams come true in IKEA, Joe is impressing his children with his new job as the voice of new train engine Sonny in beloved children’s TV show Thomas and Friends.

The former EastEnders star makes his debut this weekend in two special Thomas & Friends: Marvellous Machinery episodes and the whole family is getting up at 7am to eat breakfast together and watch Joe’s debut on Channel 5’s Milkshake.

All Joe’s children are impressed with baby Rex even recognising his Daddy’s voice in the trailer.

He said: “I showed little Rex the clip of the episode that we're going to be doing and he recognised my voice, it's amazing.

"It's so nice for me to be able to do these jobs but to have all my kids impressed as well. It just ticks all my boxes.”

And what if Joe’s boys want to follow him and Stacey into showbiz? Well they won’t be getting a leg up.

Joe is adamant the boys will have to learn their craft and win their own auditions if they want a career on the stage.

He said: “I’d say, ‘keep your head down, do some practice, learn your craft and I'm fully behind you.

"But at the same time, I wouldn't want my kids to get any sort of a head start because of who their mum and dads were.

"I think it's important that kids find their own path. I want them to do the auditions and get everything off their own backs you know?”

The next thing Joe and Stacey are looking forward to is watching I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! which they have both previously won.

They’re excited to watch this new series which has relocated to Wales thanks to the global Coronavirus pandemic, but having just come back from a trip to Wales in their campervan, Joe is glad he isn’t part of this year’s line-up.

Joe laughed: “I don't think I'd like to be one of the celebrities this year in the rain and the cold and the snow but as a viewer I'm really looking forward to seeing it!”

Thomas & Friends: Marvellous Machinery Specials, Channel 5 Milkshake! Sat/Sun 24th and 25th October at 7am.

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