Stacey Solomon’s disastrous first date with Joe Swash ended with vomit on walls

Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash tied the knot in their beautiful Pickle Cottage garden on Sunday – but they didn’t have the smoothest start to their love story.

Their big day comes a year-and-a-half after the former EastEnders actor proposed during a romantic woodland walk on Christmas Eve, 2020, after four years together.

On Sunday, Stacey and Joe were reported to have been joined by her Loose Women pals, while James Argent’s The Arg Band performed at the celebration following a Jewish ceremony.

Hopefully it went a lot smoother than their first date, as Stacey was so nervous ahead of their first date that her pals advised her to loosen up with some wine.

But it didn’t end well for the pair – with the former X Factor star getting so drunk she ended up vomiting back at Joe’s flat.

Writing in her 2019 book, Happily Imperfect, the mum-of-four said: “I thought, ‘Please just get drunk with me and we can forget this awkward moment ever happened’.

“But Joe isn’t a big drinker.

“So I was just sitting there drinking this wine, trying to get through the evening. And then the wine ran out.”

Stacey continued: “I was so drunk I thought it was a good idea to go out and get some more. When we got back to his flat for some bizarre reason I thought it would be hilarious to race him up the stairs to his apartment.

“When I got to the top, not only did I feel sick but I also realised how unfit I was. He opened the door and I just went, ‘hurrrrrrrr,’ and vomited all this red wine all over his white walls.”

The Loose Women presenter first met Joe, 40, when she was crowned ‘Queen of the Jungle’ in 2010’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

Joe, who had won the ITV reality series in 2008, was on presenting duties alongside hosts Ant and Dec.

Stacey has sons Zachary, 14, and Leighton, 10, from previous relationships, and Joe is father to Harry, 13, from his relationship with Emma Sophocleous.

They are also proud parents to three-year-old Rex and baby Rose, who was born at the end of last year.

Recalling on her Instagram stories the moment she met her now-husband, Stacey showed her kids a clip of the pair hugging, with Joe congratulating her on her win.

She wrote: “We just finished watching the castle and Leighton and Zach made me put on my jungle videos because Zachy doesn’t remember it and Leighton wasn’t born when I did it so they love watching it.

“Then we stumbled across this one. The first time I ever met Joe. The boys couldn’t believe it was him. It feels like yesterday.”

The pair eventually began dating in 2016 and started working together on the I’m A Celeb ITV2 spin-off later that year, gaining a huge legion of fans.

The relationship went from strength to strength, which saw Joe propose four years later.

Last year, the family moved to their £1.2million Essex home in the countryside, which they have been renovating ever since.