Inside Joe Swashs life – bankruptcy, split with EastEnders co-star and illness

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Fans of Stacey Solomon's decluttering show will have seen her fiance Joe Swash make an appearance on Thursday night's episode of Sort Your Life Out.

The show focuses on helping participants to get their lives organised with Stacey helping them to tidy up by recycling, donating and selling items they aren't using.

Joe helped Stacey out in the latest episode by turning up and offering to buy some of the junk the family were trying to sell on – much to the amusement of viewers.

But in real life former EastEnders star Joe is no stranger to having to get your life back in order after dealing with adversities throughout his life.


Joe, who won I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in 2008, was declared bankrupt in 2009 by London’s High Court after failing to pay a £20,000 tax bill.

Joe's spokesperson at the time insisted the whole thing had been a misunderstanding and that he wasn't strapped for cash.

Co-star romance

Joe dated his Eastenders co-star and on-screen sister Kara Tointon for two years. The duo met on set in 2005 when they played Dawn Swann and Mickey Miller in the popular BBC soap.

However, the pair didn't get together until 2008 when Joe had already quit EastEnders after he split with the mother of his first-born son Emma Sophocleous.

But by 2010 the couple went their separate ways as their relationship fell apart following an explosive row at a panto.

Joe then veered away from any serious romance until he met Stacey in 2016 after her stint in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Near-death experience

Back in 2005 at the age of 23, Joe was forced to take a three-month break from his role in EastEnders when he fell gravely ill.

He was spending time with his mum when he collapsed at her house and had to be rushed to hospital after developing Meningoencephalitis.

The condition causes inflammation of the brain and can be fatal, but luckily for Joe, he only developed a mild form of the disease.

Encephalitis affects one in four people in the UK every year.

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