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Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon are one of the best loved celebrity couples, so fans were thrilled when they announced they’d become engaged over Christmas.
The news was a long time in the making, with Joe, 38, and Stacey, 31, hinting that they were ready to pop the question throughout their relationship.
Here we remember all the times the couple dropped hints about Joe getting down on one knee…
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The couple have been dating since January 2016, after originally meeting on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! back in 2010, and welcomed son Rex in 2019.
That year, the pair sparked rumours back on Valentines’ Day when Stacey shared a picture of a beautiful bouquet while hiding her hand leading fans to speculate that there was a ring on it.
Earlier that year, in January of 2019 Stacey had joked on Loose Women that she’d say yes to Joe popping the question, even if it was with a ring from Poundland.
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The comment came as Poundland announced they were releasing ‘placeholder’ £1 engagement rings for couples who knew they want to get married, but needed to save up first.
Later that year, in November, fans were certain the pair had got secretly married while on holiday in the Maldives after Joe was pictured wearing a ring on his wedding finger.
The coupled posed on the beach with Stacey’s sons, Leighton, eight, and Zachary, 12, in matching suits – seemingly confirming the news.
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However, Stacey was quick to quash the rumours in a magazine interview where she said she ‘wasn’t bothered’ about getting married.
Speaking to new! magazine she said: "I want an engagement ring, but I'm not bothered about getting married.
"Neither of us are! I have those weird preset ideas that I should get married and have a big white dress but it's not the be all and end all. We have our family, we're together, we're practically married in our opinion.”
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The suspicious 'wedding' ring was later explained as belonging to Joe’s late father, with the actor saying that he wears it for luck.
In October of this year, Joe blamed lockdown for his lack of proposal and insisted he'd do it once restrictions were lifted.
"It will come in time. We've had so many things we need to deal with, the kids, lockdown – I will get round to it eventually. This has just reminded me.
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"Stacey has the wedding all planned in her head – I'm not going to have a say in any of it," he told Mail Online.
"Before you know, it will be organised and Stacey will make it beautiful, and I'm fine with her taking it all on. A happy wife means a happy life, " he added.
Finally, on Christmas Eve 2020, Joe officially popped the question and Stacey took to Instagram to reveal the special news to her followers.
Stacey Solomon puts pressure on Joe Swash to propose as she tells fans she ‘wishes’ she was getting married
In the snap Stacey shared on her feed, the TV personality was overcome with emotion as she sobbed while showing off her huge diamond ring.
"He asked me to marry him and after crying for what felt like a very long time… I said yes," Stacey said.
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