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Former EastEnders star Joe Swash has opened up about the court battle he had with his ex Emma Sophocleous over their son Harry.
The 38 year old, who is currently in a relationship with Loose Women star Stacey Solomon, said that it was actually “the best money” he had ever spent.
Speaking on the podcast Steplife, which discusses matters pertaining to stepfamilies, the star opened up on what it is like being a blended family with Harry, 13, and his son Rex, 15 months, whom he has with Stacey.
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Joe also revealed that after having split from Emma in 2008, he was “sorry for Hal for what he’s has to go through”.
The Dancing On Ice contestant admitted that the split of course impacted his son, saying: 'With me and Harry it was tricky with his mum.
“We had to go to court and stuff like that. So in hindsight is it's a great thing, but yeah, me and Hal, it's been a strange one for Hal, he's had to do a lot of adapting. I do feel quite sorry for Hal for what he's had to go through.
“It's just one of those things, his mum and I weren't agreeing on certain things and we had to go to court. We had to do it that way.
"And that's what courts there for to sort things out. And it done exactly that. It's changed our lives.”
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He then continued that the two had a positive relationship, saying: “Me and Hal, we're in each other's lives on a daily basis now.
“We talk to each other every day, we see each other every couple of days, he only lives 20 minutes away from me and at the beginning, maybe even five years ago, it's completely different to what it is now.”
The star also offered some pearls of wisdom to those that might be going through a custody battle of their own, explaining: “If anyone's going through anything like that, having trouble seeing their kids as well, you just got to stick with it.
“You know, I always said to my mum, when I was in court fighting for Hal, I wouldn't want to spend my money on anything else apart from wanting to see my kid.
Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash
"And it's the best money I've ever spent.”
Joe has been in a relationship with Stacey since 2016, and as well as sharing Rex together, Stacey also has two sons from previous relationships; Zachary, 12, and Leighton, eight.
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