Joe Swash admits Dancing On Ice rehearsals make him feel guilty about leaving his family

Joe Swash admits his gruelling Dancing on Ice rehearsals are putting increasing pressure on his family life because he spending less time with partner Stacey Solomon and their children.

The entertainer – who welcomed son Rex with Stacey in May – is among 12 new contestants to take part in the ITV skating show, but the effort required to learn a different routine each week is already taking its toll, just two weeks into the current series.

Speaking to MailOnline as he prepares to host a new Meccabingo party in Blackpool, Joe, 37, revealed his lengthy choreography sessions with professional skate partner Alexandra Schauman have created distance between himself and his family.

Distance: Joe Swash admits his gruelling Dancing on Ice rehearsals are putting increasing pressure on his family life because he spending less time with partner Stacey Solomon and their children

Distance: Joe Swash admits his gruelling Dancing on Ice rehearsals are putting increasing pressure on his family life because he spending less time with partner Stacey Solomon and their children

Distance: Joe Swash admits his gruelling Dancing on Ice rehearsals are putting increasing pressure on his family life because he spending less time with partner Stacey Solomon and their children

He said: ‘I’m really starting to feel the pull because I need as much time with my kids as possible. I’m really lucky because Stacey is an incredible mum, she’s such a support as well. My only problem is juggling. 

‘I’ve got a good support network, but I do feel guilty, I do feel guilty. Every weekend I’m going to be working, so I have to make the time up in other places with the kids.’ 

The former EastEnders star is currently gearing up for his second skate with Finnish pro Alexandra after winning a commendable score of 21.5 from a maximum 40 with their week one performance to Olly Murs hit Dance With me Tonight.

And Joe, who entered the show with no skating and dancing experience, admits there have been times when he’s questioned why he signed up.

In the mix: The entertainer – who welcomed son Rex with Stacey in May – is among 12 new contestants to take part in the ITV skating show

In the mix: The entertainer – who welcomed son Rex with Stacey in May – is among 12 new contestants to take part in the ITV skating show

In the mix: The entertainer – who welcomed son Rex with Stacey in May – is among 12 new contestants to take part in the ITV skating show

‘It’s one of the most nerve wracking things I’ve ever done,’ he admitted. ‘And I’ve got to do it all again this Sunday. It’s just relentless because you finish one dance and you go in on Monday and they give you the new dance for Sunday. You’re like “Oh my God.”

‘It’s like a conveyor belt of learning dances and skating but we’re getting there. I’m really enjoying it, so that’s the main thing.’

He added: ‘I had no skating experience at all, and I’ve got not dancing experience. onestly, Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever done.

Homesick: Speaking to MailOnline Joe revealed his lengthy choreography have created distance between himself and his family

Homesick: Speaking to MailOnline Joe revealed his lengthy choreography have created distance between himself and his family

Homesick: Speaking to MailOnline Joe revealed his lengthy choreography have created distance between himself and his family

‘The amount of times I’ve fallen over, it’s insane but I’m not regretting it. I’m having a really fun time, I try and bring the fun to everything I do, and there are some great competitors there, some great skaters.’

The star developed a close bond with his fellow competitors while preparing for the show, none more so than former Love Island star Maura Higgins.

But he is quick to defend the Irish TV personality after a minority of fans accused her of openly flirting with Joe ahead of her first skate on Sunday evening.

‘It’s just friendly banter,’ he insisted. ‘I mean, (contestant) Ben Hanlin says stuff to me as well but because it’s Ben no one really picks up on it. There’s nothing behind it. It’s just friendly banter. We all get on really, really well.

‘As you know, I’ve got a new baby and Stacey and a big family, and they are my pride and joy. It’s just friendly banter. It’s the same sort of banter I have with the boys as well.’

Emotional: 'I’m really lucky because Stacey is an incredible mum, she’s such a support as well. My only problem is juggling,' he said

Emotional: 'I’m really lucky because Stacey is an incredible mum, she’s such a support as well. My only problem is juggling,' he said

Emotional: ‘I’m really lucky because Stacey is an incredible mum, she’s such a support as well. My only problem is juggling,’ he said

Joe also admitted he was devastated after an injury forced comedian Michael Barrymore to withdraw from the show at the 11th hour.

Barrymore had made only infrequent appearances on television following the well publicised 2001 death of 31-year old Stuart Lubbock in the grounds of his Essex home.

And Joe believes the time was right for the comedian to make a comeback after almost twenty years away from the public eye.

‘It’s about time he got back on the telly,’ he said. ‘He’s such a lovely dude. The real shame was that in the group of people we had he was so appreciated and he really felt loved.

Just friends: Joe also defended Maura Higgins after a minority of fans accused her of openly flirting with Joe ahead of her first skate on Sunday evening

Just friends: Joe also defended Maura Higgins after a minority of fans accused her of openly flirting with Joe ahead of her first skate on Sunday evening

Just friends: Joe also defended Maura Higgins after a minority of fans accused her of openly flirting with Joe ahead of her first skate on Sunday evening

‘I was just so gutted for him that he left, but he’s still part of the series and hopefully he can do it again next year. It’s a massive blow for everyone.

‘He was such a big part of keeping us up and keeping us laughing. Always cracking jokes. He’s a funny dude, really lovely to be around. At the end of the day we’re just glad that he’s OK because it was a bad tumble.’

The star was speaking to MailOnline as he prepares to host the Meccabingo.com Meccafest at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on May 30.

The event, a celebration of bingo, will include celebrity guests and live bingo games with £100,000 worth of prizes throughout the night, all presided over by Joe. 

Absent: Joe revealed he was devastated after an injury forced comedian Michael Barrymore to withdraw from the show at the 11th hour

Absent: Joe revealed he was devastated after an injury forced comedian Michael Barrymore to withdraw from the show at the 11th hour

Absent: Joe revealed he was devastated after an injury forced comedian Michael Barrymore to withdraw from the show at the 11th hour

He said: ‘There are eight-hundred tickets available on the night. It’s just a celebration of Mecca Bingo and its customers. We’re going to have live music, DJ’s, celebrities. There’s going to be prizes on the night as well. The food and drink are all catered for.’ 

The event will be light relief for Joe, who recently admitted his relationship with Stacey was strained following the birth of Rex, their first child as a couple, in 2019. 

But the presenter insists there was no question of the couple, who also share three children from former relationships, splitting over the inevitable strain that comes with raising a family. 

Candid: The star recently admitted his relationship with Stacey was strained following the birth of Rex, their first child as a couple, in 2019

Candid: The star recently admitted his relationship with Stacey was strained following the birth of Rex, their first child as a couple, in 2019

Candid: The star recently admitted his relationship with Stacey was strained following the birth of Rex, their first child as a couple, in 2019

Stronger than ever: But he insists there was no question of the couple, who also share children from former relationships, splitting over the inevitable strain that comes with raising a family

Stronger than ever: But he insists there was no question of the couple, who also share children from former relationships, splitting over the inevitable strain that comes with raising a family

Stronger than ever: But he insists there was no question of the couple, who also share children from former relationships, splitting over the inevitable strain that comes with raising a family

‘Me and Stacey are as strong as an ox,’ he insisted. ‘Obviously when Rex came along there was added pressures on our relationship and things go along with the baby. We’ve got two other human beings that we’re looking after at the same time so naturally we’re under a little bit of stress.

‘When you have a baby it’s getting in to the groove, trying to find the groove. And I think it just took us a little while, having a baby and with everyone coming to see the baby, to find our groove as parents.’ 

He added: ‘We’ve found that now. Everyone has a hard time when they have a baby, it’s stressful, but it is the most amazing thing you will ever go through with your partner, but it does test you. All the stresses that you go through, it only makes you stronger all the time.’

 

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Joe Swash admits Dancing On Ice rehearsals make him feel guilty about leaving his family

Joe Swash admits his gruelling Dancing on Ice rehearsals are putting increasing pressure on his family life because he spending less time with partner Stacey Solomon and their children.

The entertainer – who welcomed son Rex with Stacey in May – is among 12 new contestants to take part in the ITV skating show, but the effort required to learn a different routine each week is already taking its toll, just two weeks into the current series.

Speaking to MailOnline as he prepares to host a new Meccabingo party in Blackpool, Joe, 37, revealed his lengthy choreography sessions with professional skate partner Alexandra Schauman have created distance between himself and his family.

Distance: Joe Swash admits his gruelling Dancing on Ice rehearsals are putting increasing pressure on his family life because he spending less time with partner Stacey Solomon and their children

Distance: Joe Swash admits his gruelling Dancing on Ice rehearsals are putting increasing pressure on his family life because he spending less time with partner Stacey Solomon and their children

Distance: Joe Swash admits his gruelling Dancing on Ice rehearsals are putting increasing pressure on his family life because he spending less time with partner Stacey Solomon and their children

He said: ‘I’m really starting to feel the pull because I need as much time with my kids as possible. I’m really lucky because Stacey is an incredible mum, she’s such a support as well. My only problem is juggling. 

‘I’ve got a good support network, but I do feel guilty, I do feel guilty. Every weekend I’m going to be working, so I have to make the time up in other places with the kids.’ 

The former EastEnders star is currently gearing up for his second skate with Finnish pro Alexandra after winning a commendable score of 21.5 from a maximum 40 with their week one performance to Olly Murs hit Dance With me Tonight.

And Joe, who entered the show with no skating and dancing experience, admits there have been times when he’s questioned why he signed up.

In the mix: The entertainer – who welcomed son Rex with Stacey in May – is among 12 new contestants to take part in the ITV skating show

In the mix: The entertainer – who welcomed son Rex with Stacey in May – is among 12 new contestants to take part in the ITV skating show

In the mix: The entertainer – who welcomed son Rex with Stacey in May – is among 12 new contestants to take part in the ITV skating show

‘It’s one of the most nerve wracking things I’ve ever done,’ he admitted. ‘And I’ve got to do it all again this Sunday. It’s just relentless because you finish one dance and you go in on Monday and they give you the new dance for Sunday. You’re like “Oh my God.”

‘It’s like a conveyor belt of learning dances and skating but we’re getting there. I’m really enjoying it, so that’s the main thing.’

He added: ‘I had no skating experience at all, and I’ve got not dancing experience. onestly, Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever done.

Homesick: Speaking to MailOnline Joe revealed his lengthy choreography have created distance between himself and his family

Homesick: Speaking to MailOnline Joe revealed his lengthy choreography have created distance between himself and his family

Homesick: Speaking to MailOnline Joe revealed his lengthy choreography have created distance between himself and his family

‘The amount of times I’ve fallen over, it’s insane but I’m not regretting it. I’m having a really fun time, I try and bring the fun to everything I do, and there are some great competitors there, some great skaters.’

The star developed a close bond with his fellow competitors while preparing for the show, none more so than former Love Island star Maura Higgins.

But he is quick to defend the Irish TV personality after a minority of fans accused her of openly flirting with Joe ahead of her first skate on Sunday evening.

‘It’s just friendly banter,’ he insisted. ‘I mean, (contestant) Ben Hanlin says stuff to me as well but because it’s Ben no one really picks up on it. There’s nothing behind it. It’s just friendly banter. We all get on really, really well.

‘As you know, I’ve got a new baby and Stacey and a big family, and they are my pride and joy. It’s just friendly banter. It’s the same sort of banter I have with the boys as well.’

Emotional: 'I’m really lucky because Stacey is an incredible mum, she’s such a support as well. My only problem is juggling,' he said

Emotional: 'I’m really lucky because Stacey is an incredible mum, she’s such a support as well. My only problem is juggling,' he said

Emotional: ‘I’m really lucky because Stacey is an incredible mum, she’s such a support as well. My only problem is juggling,’ he said

Joe also admitted he was devastated after an injury forced comedian Michael Barrymore to withdraw from the show at the 11th hour.

Barrymore had made only infrequent appearances on television following the well publicised 2001 death of 31-year old Stuart Lubbock in the grounds of his Essex home.

And Joe believes the time was right for the comedian to make a comeback after almost twenty years away from the public eye.

‘It’s about time he got back on the telly,’ he said. ‘He’s such a lovely dude. The real shame was that in the group of people we had he was so appreciated and he really felt loved.

Just friends: Joe also defended Maura Higgins after a minority of fans accused her of openly flirting with Joe ahead of her first skate on Sunday evening

Just friends: Joe also defended Maura Higgins after a minority of fans accused her of openly flirting with Joe ahead of her first skate on Sunday evening

Just friends: Joe also defended Maura Higgins after a minority of fans accused her of openly flirting with Joe ahead of her first skate on Sunday evening

‘I was just so gutted for him that he left, but he’s still part of the series and hopefully he can do it again next year. It’s a massive blow for everyone.

‘He was such a big part of keeping us up and keeping us laughing. Always cracking jokes. He’s a funny dude, really lovely to be around. At the end of the day we’re just glad that he’s OK because it was a bad tumble.’

The star was speaking to MailOnline as he prepares to host the Meccabingo.com Meccafest at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on May 30.

The event, a celebration of bingo, will include celebrity guests and live bingo games with £100,000 worth of prizes throughout the night, all presided over by Joe. 

Absent: Joe revealed he was devastated after an injury forced comedian Michael Barrymore to withdraw from the show at the 11th hour

Absent: Joe revealed he was devastated after an injury forced comedian Michael Barrymore to withdraw from the show at the 11th hour

Absent: Joe revealed he was devastated after an injury forced comedian Michael Barrymore to withdraw from the show at the 11th hour

He said: ‘There are eight-hundred tickets available on the night. It’s just a celebration of Mecca Bingo and its customers. We’re going to have live music, DJ’s, celebrities. There’s going to be prizes on the night as well. The food and drink are all catered for.’ 

The event will be light relief for Joe, who recently admitted his relationship with Stacey was strained following the birth of Rex, their first child as a couple, in 2019. 

But the presenter insists there was no question of the couple, who also share three children from former relationships, splitting over the inevitable strain that comes with raising a family. 

Candid: The star recently admitted his relationship with Stacey was strained following the birth of Rex, their first child as a couple, in 2019

Candid: The star recently admitted his relationship with Stacey was strained following the birth of Rex, their first child as a couple, in 2019

Candid: The star recently admitted his relationship with Stacey was strained following the birth of Rex, their first child as a couple, in 2019

Stronger than ever: But he insists there was no question of the couple, who also share children from former relationships, splitting over the inevitable strain that comes with raising a family

Stronger than ever: But he insists there was no question of the couple, who also share children from former relationships, splitting over the inevitable strain that comes with raising a family

Stronger than ever: But he insists there was no question of the couple, who also share children from former relationships, splitting over the inevitable strain that comes with raising a family

‘Me and Stacey are as strong as an ox,’ he insisted. ‘Obviously when Rex came along there was added pressures on our relationship and things go along with the baby. We’ve got two other human beings that we’re looking after at the same time so naturally we’re under a little bit of stress.

‘When you have a baby it’s getting in to the groove, trying to find the groove. And I think it just took us a little while, having a baby and with everyone coming to see the baby, to find our groove as parents.’ 

He added: ‘We’ve found that now. Everyone has a hard time when they have a baby, it’s stressful, but it is the most amazing thing you will ever go through with your partner, but it does test you. All the stresses that you go through, it only makes you stronger all the time.’

 

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