‘I missed out on quite a lot’: Joe Swash speaks candidly about building a relationship with son Harry after his difficult split from his mother
Joe Swash admitted he missed ‘quite a lot’ from his son Harry’s early life because of his difficult split from his mother Emma Sophocleous.
Speaking candidly on Dave Berry’s Dadpod on Thursday, the former I’m A Celebrity winner, 38, detailed how he and his 13-year-old have been making up for lost time to the point where Harry has become Joe’s ‘shadow’.
Reflecting on fatherhood, Joe said: ‘With my first child, Harry, there was a period where mine and Harry’s mum’s relationship affected my relationship with him.
‘I missed out on quite a lot’: Joe Swash spoke candidly in a podcast on Thursday about building a relationship with son Harry after his difficult split from his mother
‘I didn’t get to see him for a period of time, so I missed out on quite a lot. Now, me and my son Hal, we spent all the time together.
‘He’s, like, my shadow. I love him, but there was a period where I just couldn’t see this happening in the future. So, I did miss out quite a lot of Hal growing up, as a baby.’
Joe and Emma dated between 2005 and 2008, and were even engaged before their split, and the pair went to court over Harry which Joe previously said was ‘best money’ he’s ever spent.
Bad break-up: Joe and Emma Sophocleous dated from 2005 to 2008, and were even engaged before their split, and Joe said ‘there was a period where [it] affected my relationship with him’
Detailing how Harry often visited him when he starred on this year’s Dancing On Ice, Joe gushed that he came ‘to every single show’ and was ‘so proud’.
‘It was the first time really that I’d done anything, and him be of the age where I can see him being proud of his dad.
‘So, it just filled me with so much joy and recently, I done the voice of one of Thomas the Tank Engine’s friends and my little Rex was watching it, and he definitely noticed.
‘So, yeah, it’s lovely. I really hope they are proud. I hope they don’t get embarrassed, you know what I mean, because there are a few things out there that could be embarrassing.’
Father and son: Reflecting, Joe ‘I didn’t get to see him for a period of time, so I missed out on quite a lot. Now, me and my son Hal, we spent all the time together’
Joe also went on to admit he’s started feeling ‘a little bit broody’ after looking back at photos of his and Stacey Solomon’s son Rex since he was born.
‘I look at photos of Rex, like, literally a year ago, and he was a tiny, tiny little baby and it just goes so fast. And now, he’s like a little terror,’ he explained.
‘He’s up and down the stairs. He’s in the cupboards. He knows where the chocolates are hidden. Like, he is on it. He’s like a little grown-up. So, it goes so fast.
‘Yeah, I’m really starting to miss the baby period ’cause it does go so fast, and that is such a precious little time when the baby is first born.
‘So, yeah, I’m not gonna lie. I think I might have one more in me, you know? I’m getting a little bit broody.’
Stacey and Joe started dating in 2016 and moved in together at the end of 2018 before having their first baby together in May last year.
The former X Factor star also has children Zachary, 12, with her ex Dean Cox, and Leighton, eight, with her ex Aaron Barham.
Family: Joe also went on to admit he’s started feeling ‘a little bit broody’ after looking back at photos of his and Stacey Solomon’s son Rex since he was born
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