Joe Swash sadly lost his father suddenly when he was just just 11-years-old. The former EastEnders actor had been the one to call 999 when dad Ricky was found unconscious in their family home
Stacey Solomon has posted a touching tribute to Joe Swash – saying his late father would be ‘so proud’ of him.
The Loose Women presenter, who is expecting her second child with the former EastEnders star, took to her Instagram Stories on Sunday night to share the sweet message.
Posting a clip of her 39-year-old fiancé and their son Rex, 2, the former X Factor contestant told her 4.7 million followers that the actor is the ‘best daddy’ she could wish for.
“Stalking these two,” Stacey began her caption of the father-and-son duo.
“I’m so grateful for him. His DIY is questionable but oh my gosh, he’s the best daddy anyone could wish for.”
The pregnant star, who is due to give birth within weeks, then shared another cute snap of Joe and their youngest child together.
In the shot, the two-year-old can be seen caressing his dad’s face as he enjoys bath time one evening.
“My heart…” Stacey gushed.
“Your daddy would be so proud,” the 31-year-old continued, tagging her partner in the emotional message.
In 2019, while appearing on Loose Women, Stacey revealed that Joe had struggled following Rex’s birth when he was hit by the trauma of losing his own father when he was just 11.
The star was still at school when his London cab driver father passed away suddenly.
Speaking on the ITV show, Stacey explained: “It is a trauma and I am always surprised that people are surprised that you grieve forever.
“Joe lost his dad when he was 11 and it had a fundamental impact on his life, especially when huge life events happen – even if they are really positive.”
But she insisted that while it was a “trauma” having Rex, it was also “the most wonderful thing in the world” for the happy couple.
Young Joe had been the one to call 999 for an ambulance when his mother had discovered her husband Ricky unconscious but still breathing one Saturday morning.
Joe later said on an ITV documentary: “It was so traumatic because he seemed really healthy. He was slim and ran three times a week. He’d done a half marathon.
“Looking back there was a little warning sign when he blacked out as he was bending down to put his socks on but nothing to suggest he was going to have a heart attack.”
Ricky had been living with an undiagnosed heart condition – Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).
Joe said: “It was a ticking time bomb and he could have died at any time.
“I take some comfort that I had 11 years with him which were brilliant. He turned me into the man I am now. I feel he is still here with us.
“We really had the perfect family life. I played football with my dad and we were very close. He was a lovely man and the whole street came to a standstill after he died.”