Emmerdale Jacob stars life – heartbreak, show exit and co-star romance claims

Joe-Warren Plant is known by millions of fans as Emmerdale resident Jacob Gallagher.

The actor was just eight years old when he joined the cast of the ITV soap since in 2010.

He left fans devastated when he was forced to pull out of Dancing on Ice in 2021 after he and his partner Vanessa Bauer both tested positive for Covid-19.

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As Jacob is set to be at the centre of a new storyline, Daily Star has taken look into Joe-Warren's life off-screen including his dramatic wild hair transformation.

Love life

Joe-Warren reportedly split with his long-term girlfriend Nicole Hadlow in 2021.

The pair had been together since 2017 and went public in 2018 after the soap star shared a string of photos of them on Instagram.

According to The Sun, Joe-Warren’s Dancing on Ice training put pressure on their relationship and he moved out of the home they shared together.

Nicole allegedly deleted all of their couple photos on her own Instagram account.

However, there were rumours that the former couple re-kindled their romance after Nicole shared a cryptic message about 'forgiveness' with her 17,000 followers.

It said: "We don't know what tomorrow will bring. So don't stay mad for too long.

"Learn to forgive and love with all your heart."

The message finished: "Don't worry about the people who don't like you. Enjoy the ones who love you."

Joe-Warren denied the romance rumours flying around about him and his Dancing on Ice partner Vanessa.

Speaking to Daily Star and other press, Joe explained: "With Dancing on Ice, it's about telling a story and engaging with the audience and the judges.

"So you have to have a certain level of chemistry between you and your partner. I think everybody saw we're getting on so well and assumed something was going on, but there isn't."

In February 2022, Joe confirmed he was dating Anna Norton who has been noticeably at his side ever since.

Abrupt Dancing on Ice exit

After months of gruelling rehearsals, Joe-Warren was devastated to announce that he was forced to pull out of the ITV competition after testing positive for Covid-19.

Both he and his professional skating partner Vanessa, who also tested positive for the virus, expressed their disappointment at the news after the actor said he had “so much more to give.”

In a statement at the time, Joe-Warren said: "Having tested positive for Covid this now means the end of the competition for Vanessa and I.

"I have loved every minute of being a part of Dancing On Ice and I am disappointed as I feel I had so much more to give and was working hard to perfect each performance.”

Partner Vanessa also released a statement, announcing she was “devastated” by the news.

She said: "Unfortunately, we have received positive test results for Covid which means we cannot continue to compete this year.

"I am beyond proud and devastated, as we had so much more to show, he was the hardest working partner I’ve ever had."

Hair transformation

After taking a hiatus from Instagram, Joe-Warren's followers had to do a double take when he revealed his drastic hair transformation.

He uploaded a photo of himself to his Instagram Story wearing a blue jacket with a black top, sporting a shocking bleach blonde hair makeover.

The actor captioned the pic: "Back on Instagram. How's everyone been?"

His dramatic image overhaul was a far cry from his on-screen persona where he sports a much darker hairstyle.

Joe-Warren often keeps fans up to date on his antics via his social media page posting pictures of his family and his love for football.

Family tragedy

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Joe-Warren took a break from the show for six months following the death of his mum last year.

She sadly passed away following liver complications in November 2022 aged 47.

Speaking in an interview about his devastating loss for the first time, the star reflected: "Mum was so supportive and such an amazing person. I miss her a lot."

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