Inside Stacey Solomon’s transformation from single teen mother to millionaire ‘mumfluencer’ with FIVE kids, a £1.2m Essex home and ‘forever husband’ Joe Swash
Stacey Solomon announced she had welcomed her fifth child, Belle, her third with her ‘forever husband’ Joe Swash, last weekend.
The former X Factor contestant, 33, married her EastEnders star husband, 41, last June after two years of planning their big day, and they reside at a £1.2m Essex home, affectionately named Pickle Cottage.
She’s built an impressive TV career for herself, having reached third place in the ITV talent show’s 2009 series, before bagging a spot on I’m A Celebrity, which has all helped her to amass a reported fortune of £4m.
A firm favourite on the Loose Women panel, it’s easy to forget the millionaire ‘mumfluencer’ was once a single teen mother living in Dagenham.
Now, MailOnline takes a look back at Stacey’s dating history and journey to success, having given birth for the first time when she was aged just 17.
Success story: Inside Stacey Solomon’s transformation from single teen mother to millionaire ‘mumfluencer’ with FIVE kids, a £1.2m Essex home and ‘forever husband’ Joe Swash
Stacey fell pregnant with her eldest son Zachary, 14, when she was a performing arts student at Havering College in Essex, and her childhood sweetheart was 23.
She said at the time: ‘I didn’t plan to get pregnant. I didn’t dream of having kids so young, but my parents were really good about it.
‘But it happened and Zach is the most important thing in my life. Any free time I do have I’m allowed to go round and see him.’
The Dagenham-native told viewers of the reality TV show: ‘Single motherhood is tough, but I’m determined to be the one that provides for my son.’
But his friends and family rallied around car worker Dean after she refused to reveal him as the dad or admit he is involved in their son’s life.
Dean’s mum Tracy said: ‘The way Stacey has spoken about Zach you would think his father doesn’t care but that is completely untrue.
‘I’m really angry she didn’t acknowledge Dean is still a big part of Zach’s life. He didn’t abandon his son.’
Tracy added that she helped to look after Zach while Stacey flew to Dubai to perform in front of mentor Dannii Minogue and her sister, Kylie.
First love: Stacey fell pregnant with her eldest son Zachary, 14, when she was a performing arts student at Havering College in Essex, and her childhood sweetheart Dean Cox was 23
Stacey began dating painter Aaron in 2009 and soon after their engagement in 2011, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together.
Leighton, 10, was born in May 2012, and the singer even spoke about her wish to get married that year, but the pair announced their split soon afterwards.
The pair – who were engaged in December 2011 – confirmed that they have called time on their relationship in April 2014.
A spokesman for Stacey said: ‘It’s with regret that I can confirm that Stacey’s relationship with Aaron has unfortunately come to an end.
‘Her priority is her two children. She thanks her fans for their support at this time.’
A source told Closer at the time: ‘Stacey is being tight-lipped about why she split from Aaron but, like many couples, they had their problems and she’s understandably upset.’
Exes: Stacey began dating painter Aaron in 2009 and soon after their engagement in 2011, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together (pictured in 2012)
The unlikely couple met whilst appearing on TV show The Jump in 2015, but were revealed to have parted ways just six months later, with Stacey left ‘really hurt’ by the situation.
In his book, A Hard Kick In The Nuts, stunt performer Steve-O shared details of the relationship – showing remorse for the way it was handled.
He admitted that despite being ‘smitten’ with Stacey, he quickly ghosted her, despite meeting her at-the-time two young children.
Steve-O, real name Stephen Gilchrist Glover, said: ‘To this day, I still beat myself up about the way it went down.’
The Jackass star, who was battling sex addiction at the time, reflected on his ‘self sabotage’ relationship structure, which followed on from struggles with alcohol and drugs too.
At the time, Stacey shared that she was ‘still trying to figure out’ what went wrong as she was probed on the reason for their break-up.
While her representative told MailOnline: ‘I can confirm Stacey and Steve-O are no longer together. Stacey is really hurt by the whole situation, and it’s not something she feels able to talk about at this moment in time.’
Surprise pairing: The unlikely couple met whilst appearing on TV show The Jump in 2015, but were revealed to have parted ways just six months later (pictured in 2015)
Stacey welcomed her fifth child – her third with husband Joe just days ago.
The TV personality took to Instagram on Saturday to announce she’d given birth to a baby girl named Belle as she shared several adorable snaps of her new arrival.
The birth comes just two months after Stacey revealed she was pregnant, with the star saying she didn’t know she was expecting for months.
Stacey and Joe, who are already parents to Rose, 15 months, and Rex, three, married in an intimate Jewish ceremony at their Essex home, Pickle Cottage, in July.
Stacey met Joe in 2010 on the set of I’m A Celebrity after she won the ITV series and they began dating in 2016.
Stacey kicked off her wedding celebrations by dressing as a giant pickle on her overseas hen do while Joe jetted to Ibiza on his stag.
Joe is also a father to son Harry, 15, who he shares with his ex-fiancée Emma Sophocleous.
‘Forever husband’: Stacey met Joe in 2010 on the set of I’m A Celebrity after she won the ITV series and they began dating in 2016 (pictured in 2019)
After finding fame as an X Factor finalist, where she reached third place and performed alongside Michael Bublé, Stacey embarked on her quest to become a household name.
When The X Factor tour came to an end, she began working on her debut album, which had been due for a 2012 release before being delayed.
Meanwhile, her TV career reached new heights when she was crowned Queen of the Jungle during I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’s 2010 series.
She then succeeded Coleen Nolan as the face of Iceland in 2011 before trying her hand as a presenter of Sky Living’s dating show The Love Machine alongside Chris Moyles the following year.
Stacey also claimed to have been approached to join TOWIE, however turned down the offer since she wasn’t in a friendship group with the then-cast members.
In December 2011, Stacey released a cover of Chris Rea’s Driving Home for Christmas – which reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart.
Her debut album Shy was finally released in April 2015 through Conehead Records, making its way to number 40 as its peak chart position.
Elsewhere, Stacey competed in the second series of Channel 4’s The Jump that year, where she was eliminated seventh.
Talented: After finding fame as an X Factor finalist, where she reached third place, Stacey embarked on her quest to become a household name (pictured in 2009)
Woohoo! Meanwhile, her TV career reached new heights when she was crowned Queen of the Jungle during I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’s 2010 series
Reaching new heights: Elsewhere, Stacey competed in the second series of Channel 4’s The Jump in 2015, where she was eliminated seventh
Stunning: The vocal powerhouse appeared on Loose Women a string of times over the summer of 2016 and soon joined the panel permanently (pictured in 2021)
The vocal powerhouse appeared on Loose Women a string of times over the summer of 2016 and joined the panel permanently after Vicky Pattison and Jamelia departed the daytime programme.
She succeeded Laura Whitmore as co-host of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Extra Camp alongside Vicky, her now-husband Joe, and Chris Ramsey that year, but did not return for the 2017 installment.
Stacey became a regular panellist on ITV2’s Celebrity Juice in 2019 for one series, and in 2021, began hosting home-decluttering series Sort Your Life Out, for the BBC.
Stacey has collaborated on fashion projects with Primark and In The Style and partnered with Amazon for her own range on their Handmade Products Store.
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