Dancing On Ice is pushing Joe Swash towards breaking point, the star says.
The TV favourite, 38, is struggling to cope with the gruelling schedule.
In a candid chat, he told the Daily Star Sunday: “For the past couple of weeks I’ve been right on the edge physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s such a tough show and the hours are so long.
“It’s had me in a right mess. I have 10-minute periods where I have a little breakdown. There have been tears. I’ve had ups and downs.
“It doesn’t take a lot to wobble me at the moment. I feel so tired, I’ve just felt quite emotional. You can lose
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Joe, has been so busy training for the show he has barely seen his partner Stacey Solomon, 30, and their new baby Rex, over the past three months.
He said: “Me and Stacey are like ships in the night. We are in the same business so we can support each other. But this show is a long process.
“It really has taken over. I didn’t realise how much it would take over my life.
He added: “It’s 10 hours a day, seven days a week. I had a baby and then I just haven’t seen him. I see more of him on Instagram than I do in real life at the moment.
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“Thankfully, he recognises me on FaceTime.
“But I still feel guilty as a dad. When I’m not at home Stacey is on her own with the kids. Her day is completely packed as well.”
Joe beat the odds to make it to the final.
Even if he misses out on the trophy he plans to celebrate his freedom from the training schedule.
He said: “I’ve told Stacey after the final is finished she is going to take the kids home, and then I don’t want them to see me after that because I’ll be having a drink and it’s going to be bad.
“I’ve not had a drink for four months, so I’m going to be like a drunk 17-year-old.”
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