Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash’s love story timeline

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Their flirty chemistry on the red carpet, and complete comfort in discussing their private lives on national TV has earned Joe and Stacey the reputation as one of Britain's most loved couples.

A second baby is on the way, the couple have announced, sharing a photo of the family, in which Stacey's 9-year-old son Leighton holds up a scan revealing the new arrival.

"We are growing another pickle," the 31-year-old Loose Women presenter announced on social media. "We’ve never felt so grateful… I have no words. We didn’t think we would get the chance.

"We love you all to the moon and back. Lots of love From Me, Joe, Harry, Zach, Leighton, Rex, and our little pickle."

The family posing to reveal Stacey's pregnancy

As the family await their new arrival, here's a rundown of Joe and Stacey's couples goals relationship, right from the start.

First meeting

Joe and Stacey met while Stacey was appearing as a contestant on reality show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Here, back in 2010. At the time, she was famous as an X Factor contestant and emerging TV star, and Joe, who was formerly on EastEnders, was hosting the ITV spin-off show.

Stacey first met Joe after she won I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2010

At the time that they first met, Stacey was in a relationship with ex-fiancé Aaron Barham, but Joe confessed he fancied her right from the start, from the moment he swept in and congratulated her for winning Queen of the Jungle on live TV.

Years later, speaking on Loose Women, Stacey confessed she couldn't remember their first meeting, as winning the show was "such a whirlwind," but the two became friends as Stacey was still in a relationship.

Getting flirty

It wasn't until years later, in February 2016, that the duo would meet again working on the reality show Virtually Famous, An E4 panel show.

During the shooting for that, Stacey told Loose Women: "We had a right giggle and a laugh, we were flirting with each other a little bit… There was some kind of chemistry there but I wasn't interested in a relationship."

By March 2016, Joe and Stacey had decided to give it a go. They went public with their relationship, posing together on the red carpet in Leicester Square at a Game of Thrones event.

Stacey and Joe met in 2010, but their first public appearance together was in 2016 at this Game of Thrones launch event in London
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Speaking to The Mirror on the red carpet about his new relationship, Joe, was 34 at the time, said: "I have done well. I am really happy. She is a lovely person. She is great and it’s all good."

Happily loved up in public

Stacey was a permanent fixture on Loose Women by this point, and would frequently talk about her relationship with Joe on the show, offering viewers candid insight into their life together.

They quickly built a reputation for being comfortable with sharing image details of their sex life, and dating life, via Stacey on the panel show.

Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash are expecting their second child together
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And they shared numerous cutesy loved-up photos on their social media pages, as Joe took on a fatherly role with Stacey's two children from her previous relationship with Dean Cox, her first love.

Wedding rumours?

It didn't take long for wedding rumours to abound – helped along by Stacey herself, who filmed herself trying on wedding dresses in 2017 in a piece for Loose Women.

They were dresses for a showbiz event, not Stacey's actual wedding, but she fanned flames by choosing to go with a bridal white colour, and she then shared an image of herself dressed in the gown on Instagram.

"I AM NOT GETTING MARRIED, I haven't been proposed to, we aren't even thinking about it," she joked. "Well maybe I am a little bit, or a lot, or all day every day."

The couple are due to wed this summer

Later that same year, Stacey was more upfront when it came to their plans: "He is such a brilliant dad which sells it to me the most – he has a great moral compass and a really good heart," she told Closer magazine.

"We are really serious about each other so we want to do things slowly. I can see myself walking down the aisle with Joe – he really is 'The One'."

Making the move

By October 2018, Stacey and Joe had moved in together officially, and Stacey shared an image on Instagram of the couple, and her two boys Zachary and Leighton on move in day. "HOME SWEET HOME," she captioned the picture.

"Finally all in and ready to start a fresh together. If you’re wondering what’s going on here… we are eating a Chinese out of random Christmas dishes, using our hands, whilst sat on washing baskets and cardboard boxes eating off of a cat basket."

Writing in her column for Fabulous, she said: "So after three years Joe and I are taking the plunge and blending our lives in our very own together home. Wahoo!"

A new arrival

The couple's first son together, Rex
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"It's all very overwhelming and emotional and we couldn't be happier right now," Joe wrote on Instagram, sharing an image of Stacey curled up in bed. "She's just been growing a baby," he announced.

By May 2019, Stacey had given birth to their baby Rex, prematurely. Sharing an image of Stacey and Rex cuddled up together in a hospital bed, Joe romantically declared that he had seen "the love of my life, bring a new life into the world."

Three months later in August 2019, Stacey returned to work on the Loose Women panel and wrote on her socials about she'd spent a long time considering how lucky she is to be able to take her baby to a job she loves.

"I couldn't help but spend a lot of time thinking about women with really tough jobs, ones they may not even like doing. Jobs that aren't understanding," she wrote. "Those people who don't have understanding, compassionate colleagues and bosses."

Wedding bells?

Matching outfits in the Maldives spark wedding rumours
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In November 2019 Stacey, Joe and the family went to holiday in the Maldives, and dressed formally in matching blue clothes, fans were certain the duo had married – but when she touched back down in the UK Stacey said absolutely not.

"We just dressed up because we wanted to – and you know how much I love a matching outfit. I choose everyone's clothes. I would never do it without my best friends," she told the Loose Women couch.


The pandemic caused some difficulties
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In May 2020, after Stacey took a break from social media for "personal reasons," the presenter responded to rumours about a break up by sharing a post with the two holding hands, but failed to acknowledge what the personal challenges were.

Whatever the problems, they saw them through, as by December 2020 Stacey and Joe announced their engagement to the world, on Christmas Eve.

The engagement itself didn't go exactly to plan though, as Joe revealed on Celebrity Juice that Stacey thought the elaborate flower display he put on for the engagement was a memorial for someone who'd died.

"I got a lady to put a load of flowers out. And when I took her through the forest, she saw the flowers and she went, 'Aww I think someone's died over there,'" he said on the quiz show. "Coz it was all white flowers and I went to her, 'Oh come let's have a look, pay some respects'."

Wedding date revealed

Finally, the wedding date is confirmed
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Stacey shared a screenshot from her wedding planners on her Instagram revealing that the wedding is due to take place this July – which Joe confirmed on Loose Women. The couple's big day is expected to take place on the last weekend in July.

This June, another baby announcement means Stacey will be on the non-alcoholics at their wedding next month. "We've never felt so grateful… I have no words. We didn't think we would get the chance," Stacey wrote about their second baby as a couple, revealing they had experienced a difficult journey getting to the point of conceiving again.

"We love you all to the moon and back. Lots of love From Me, Joe, Harry, Zach, Leighton, Rex, and our little pickle.'"

This spring, the couple and their family also moved again, to a cottage with a swimming pool they named "pickle cottage" in social media posts, which explains why they're referring to their next baby as "pickle."