Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash have had a year to remember, after welcoming their first child together, Rex, at the end of May.
Although the couple – who’ve been together since 2016 – are excited to celebrate his first Christmas, Stacey, 30, revealed to Woman’s Own that she’d love her year to be topped off with a proposal from Joe, 37.
She tells us, ‘I’d really like a ring. I’d like to be able to say this is my fiancé, Joe. Because sometimes saying, “Hey, this is my boyfriend,” just feels weird.’
As well as Rex, Stacey and Joe have another three children from previous relationships between them; Stacey is mum to Zachary, 11, and Leighton, seven, while Joe has a 12-year-old son called Harry.
But Stacey has insisted that she and Joe aren’t looking to tie the knot any time soon – despite her definitely wanting a diamond – as they want to focus on their family.
‘We’re not in a hurry to get married,’ the Loose Women panellist says. ‘It’s not that we don’t want to, but there’s so much more we want to do first. We want to work hard and to be around for the kids.
‘We’d rather make sure the kids’ bedrooms are nice than spend money on a wedding, so we’re just waiting for a time we can be utterly selfish and have a wedding. At the moment, it’s about the kids.’
Stacey also reveals how seeing Joe be a father to Rex has made her even more attracted to him than at the beginning of their relationship.
She adds: ‘It’s so funny because we moan about each other all the time, but the reality is he’s a fantastic dad.
‘The thing that attracted me the most to Joe, before we even started dating, is that he’s such a great and passionate dad. I found that really attractive and he hasn’t let me down.’
But she’s not claiming new motherhood is easy, as Stacey confesses she and Joe have been struggling with the lack of sleep and have been ‘knackered’ constantly.
And, with her back working on Loose Women once a week and Joe training every day in the run-up for next year’s series of Dancing On Ice, it’s no wonder.
Stacey says, ‘We still love each other very much, we get on each other’s nerves, we’re just a normal couple if there’s such a thing. We’re just a couple who love each other, who aren’t sleeping.
‘He’s off doing Dancing On Ice, I’m back at work but also trying to be home, so life is happening. We’re just loving each other, hating each other, and getting on with it.’
So with Christmas coming up fast, Stacey couldn’t be more excited to have some much-needed time off.
She says, ‘It means you’re going to get at least five days where no one calls you about work and you can just switch off, so we’re going to be having that family time without any interruptions. ‘I hope everyone comes to us because I can’t be bothered to go anywhere else. I get a sick kick out of cooking for people and watching them eat!’
And, if a proposal from Joe isn’t on the festive menu, Stacey won’t be too unhappy.
She finishes, ‘I’d be content with just my family and health this Christmas. I’m so privileged, I’ve got an amazing family, amazing kids and a life I’d never have dreamed of, so I’m good!’
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