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Joe Swash has revealed how his romantic proposal to fiancée Stacey Solomon nearly backfired when she mistook his extravagant floral display for a tribute to someone who had died.
Opening up about the day he popped the question to the Loose Women star during tonight’s episode of Celebrity Juice, Joe confessed: “To be fair, the proposal was a bit awkward as well.”
He continued to tell funny man Keith Lemon and the rest of the guests that he’d planned a huge flower display to take Stacey by surprise – but she got the totally wrong end of the stick.
Joe explained: “I thought it would be really nice, I thought I’d do it on Christmas Eve and I took her into the forest and I got a lady to put loads of flowers out.”
The 39-year-old ex-EastEnders actor continued: “When I took her through the forest, she see the flowers and she went, “Aww, I think someone’s died over there” because there was all white flowers.”
However, Joe continued to tell his team mates, including team captain Laura Whitmore and show regular Maya Jama, that he managed to salvage the situation and continue with his plan.
He laughed as he went on to recall: “I went to her, “Oh, come on, let’s have a look, pay some respects.”
Fortunately, Stacey, 31, then realised what Joe was up to and he continued with his plan to get down on one knee in the romantic woodland setting, before she said ‘yes’.
Previously opening up about their special day, TV presenter Stacey said it was one of the happiest days of her life.
Uploading footage of the memorable day to her Instagram account, she wrote: “Since we moved in together 2 years ago almost every day we walk in the woods across the road…”
“It's my happy place. I lose myself and breathe in every second of it because to me it's just all that life is about…”
“My best memories of life are in these woods. The smell, the different seasons. The freedom I feel watching our boys play in there.”
Former X Factor contestant Stacey then shared footage of a tree covered in the hundreds of white roses, adding: "Today we went for a walk in the woods… like we always do. But it didn't look the same.”
“And Joe with our boys, in my favourite place in the world. He asked me to marry him and after crying for what felt like a very long time… I said yes.”
Celebrity Juice airs tonight at 10pm on ITV2
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