The romantic, intimate ceremony came about within the backyard of their perpetually residence on July 24 and marked a model new chapter of their fairytale relationship.
Nevertheless, it’s been a long-time coming for each Joe 40, and Stacey, 32, who’ve each needed to overcome a couple of obstacles to achieve their fortunately ever after.
Earlier than he settled into his function as a household man together with his and Stacey’s son Rex, two, eight-month-old daughter Rose, and his two-stepsons Zachary, 14, and Leighton, ten, Joe spent years on the only market.
The EastEnders actor additionally endured the heartbreak of a ‘difficult’ courtroom battle together with his ex-girlfriend over his eldest youngster Harry, 15.
Right here, Fabulous reveals how Joe moved on from the heartbreak of his previous to bag his dream lady, and in flip change into the last word household man…
THE ETERNAL BACHELOR
Earlier than he fell into the arms of his Unfastened Ladies star spouse in 2016, Joe spent six years solo.
His earlier relationship had been with fellow EastEnders actor, Kara Tointon.
The pair first met in 2005 after they performed Mickey Miller and Daybreak Swann on the cleaning soap, nevertheless it wasn’t till after Joe left the present in 2008 that they grew to become a pair – nevertheless, it was short-lived love with the pair parting methods in 2010.
Previous to Kara, Joe’s solely different recognized long-term relationship was with the mom of his son Harry, Emma Sophocleus.
Emma and Joe dated between 2005 and 2008, when their relationship famously ended.
When he started courting Stacey, not solely did Joe have to regulate to residing together with her youngsters, he additionally needed to introduce her household to his personal son, Harry.
The dad has beforehand hinted about his ‘difficult’ relationship with Harry’s mum Emma, revealing that the pair needed to go to courtroom to settle custody points over their son.
Joe beforehand opened up on the podcast, Step Life.
He defined: “With me and Harry it was difficult together with his mum.
“We needed to go to courtroom and stuff like that. So in hindsight it is an awesome factor. Nevertheless it’s been a wierd one for Hal – he is needed to do lots of adapting.
“I do really feel fairly sorry for Hal for what he is needed to undergo.
“Me and Hal, we’re in one another’s lives every day now.
“We discuss to one another day by day, we see one another each couple of days, he solely lives 20 minutes away from me and in the beginning, possibly even 5 years in the past, it is fully totally different to what it’s now.”
Stacey and Joe have each mentioned that their relationship had a great foundation as they have been good associates earlier than something turned romantic.
The pair have been launched throughout I’m A Superstar Get Me Out Of Right here in 2010.
They grew to become good associates, and Joe later admitted he’d fancied Stacey again then, nevertheless it wasn’t the fitting time.
It wasn’t till six years later that the pair lastly received collectively.
The pair first sparked courting rumours in January 2016 when Stacey posted a snap of herself on a spa weekend stating that she felt like a “new lady”.
Simply days later she was noticed arm-in-arm with Joe in Essex.
That very same month, Stacey made it official on Instagram – sharing a snap of her new boyfriend with some flowers.
However the pair admit that sparks didn’t instantly fly, as Joe beforehand admitted that his first kiss with Stacey was like “kissing a lifeless particular person.”
“We’re very blended and we make it work.
Showing on Buying With Keith Lemon, Joe instructed how the pair received shut in Australia when Stacey was a visitor on spin-off present I am A Superstar… Get Me Out Of Right here! NOW! which he introduced.
He mentioned: “We spent a great deal of time collectively and earlier than I knew it she was going residence so I believed, I am going to make a transfer.”
Stacey added: “He opened the door and he simply jumped on me. Keith, I did not know what to take action I simply stood there like this.”
Joe then quipped: “It was like kissing a lifeless particular person! She did not transfer, no tongue motion, it was all me. With my tongue I used to be looking for her tongue. I used to be like, ‘what is going on on right here?’.”
The cute couple moved in collectively in Essex throughout October 2018 after three years of courting.
Since, they’ve paved the best way for different blended households, with each having youngsters from earlier relationships.
After the courtroom’s ruling, Joe’s relationship together with his son has flourished and Harry has change into a part of the broader household.
The Unfastened Ladies panelist additionally has youngsters from earlier relationships with Dean Cox and Aaron Barham.
The pair welcomed child boy Rex Toby Francis Swash, on Could 23, 2019. His youthful sister Rose Opal Esme Solomon-Swash was born in October 2021.
Opening up about their household dynamic, Joe instructed OK! Journal final yr: “We’re very blended and we make it work. However like each blended household, it’s a continuing development and a journey.”
He continued: “One of many youngsters might not be pleased with one thing, one other one with one thing else, so that you’re all the time adapting.
“There’s no proper or flawed method of doing it, you’ve simply received to attempt to do what’s finest for everybody and keep in mind that everybody’s received a viewpoint, even the children.”
Since transferring in together with his now spouse, Joe has left his bachelor previous behind and has absolutely embraced his function as a dad and stepdad.
The truth is, he may now be described as the last word household man, delighting in doing the college run, whipping up meals for the children and sustaining a great work/life stability alongside Stacey.
Joe revealed: “[All the kids] go to totally different faculties, actions and have their very own lives. However we handle it.
“When Stacey’s having a busy interval, I’ll take a while off work and do the college run and different bits. And after I’m busy, Stacey will.”
He additionally revealed his love of cooking up household feasts and the way it impressed him to enroll to the 2021 collection of MasterChef.
Since I’ve had the children I really feel much more settled
He added: “I do cook dinner at residence for the children – a little bit of pasta, dishes that everybody can cook dinner.
“And I really like making a Sunday roast. That’s the explanation I needed to do the present, so I may be taught some expertise and methods to go on to the household.”
Whereas Joe admitted he is seen a giant change in himself since assembly Stacey and settling down.
He continued: “I’ve all the time been a bit little bit of a dwell wire and received FOMO actually badly and needed to be within the thick of issues, out with my buddies.
“I used to be additionally a bit bit scatty. However since I’ve had the children I really feel much more settled and don’t really feel the necessity to exit and get drunk.”
He continued: “I simply actually love being with my youngsters. There’s by no means a boring day.”
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
In December 2020, Stacey revealed Joe had proposed with an enormous diamond ring on a stroll within the woods.
She posted an image of her flashing the ring, overcome with emotion, as she lay again on an enormous bunch of flowers.
Stacey defined how Joe popped the query whereas on a stroll within the woods reverse their home together with her two sons and son Rex.
The star wrote: “He requested me to marry him and after crying for what felt like a really very long time… I mentioned sure” including emojis of a coronary heart and diamond ring.
She then added a private message to Joe: “To the moon and again bub. I’ve no phrases.”
And in March this yr, the couple and their household moved into their £1.2million Essex home.
The Faucet To Tidy writer captioned her picture with a gushing tribute to her household, writing: “House Candy House. And so a brand new chapter begins. We can’t even describe how unusual it feels that that is residence.
“By no means in 1,000,000 years did we ever assume this might be. We really feel so fortunate and are so grateful to have discovered this hidden treasure nearer to our household and additional out.
“We are able to’t wait to fill it with love and provides it our the whole lot. To lift our household right here. And to simply begin a contemporary. I’m very emotional for some purpose. It nonetheless hasn’t sunk in and doesn’t fairly really feel actual.”
Now, Stacey’s needs have come true, as she and Joe are formally husband and spouse, having tied the knot in July 2022 in a non-public backyard ceremony.