On Christmas Eve, Stacey and Joe announced that they had become engaged.
The couple first started dating in 2015, welcoming their first child together in 2019. Stacey has two elder sons from previous relationships.
On Thursday, Stacey spoke to her fellow Loose Women panelists about her engagement, with her fiancé making a surprise appearance over video chat to share more details on the proposal.
Joe, 38, told the presenters that he would have been ‘devastated’ if Stacey, 31, had turned him down.
Recalling how ‘nervous’ he felt about the proposal, Jo said: ‘We’ve had such a tough year, me and Stacey, privately. Losing people, my Nan and stuff like that.
‘I just thought, you know, I wanted to do this for a long time, and there’s no better time than right now. It was lovely because all the boys were there, they got to see it. She said yes, so we’re going to get married.’
Former EastEnders actor Joe added that he didn’t think he and Stacey were going to ‘get married so soon’, hinting that a wedding could be on the cards in the very near future.
‘To be fair, I didn’t think we were going to get married so soon. I thought we’d have a couple of years,’ he said, before revealing that he and Stacey could get ‘married in a few months’.
‘Sometimes you’ve got to get on the ride and go for it,’ he said.
‘I think Stacey’s really keen to do it this year, I’m really keen as well, because like I said – it’s been a really tough year, and I can’t wait for her to be my wife.’
Joe definitely raised the bar with his romantic proposal, setting up a display of white roses in one of Stacey’s favourite spots in the woods, where they and their family often go for walks.
However, Stacey admitted on today’s Loose Women that she initially thought the display had been put there in honour of someone who had died.
Sharing the news of her engagement on Instagram in December, Stacey wrote: ‘Actually full on blubbering as I write this.
‘And with 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.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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