Joe Swash says brutal Dancing On Ice rehearsals have caused him to ‘break down’

Joe Swash says his punishing Dancing On Ice schedule is pushing him to breaking point – as the final episode of the current series nears.

The 38-year-old former EastEnders actor has skated his way to the live final of the 2020 series, but it sounds like it has come at a cost at his mental and physical health.

Joe – who has been in a relationship with 30-year-old Stacey Solomon since 2015 and together they have four children between them – became a dad to youngest son, Rex, last May.

But the combination of training on the ice seven days a week and barely seeing his family has left him at the end of his tether as the climactic Dancing On Ice final comes in to view.

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“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,” Joe told the Daily Star.

“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… I feel so tired, I’ve just felt quite emotional. You can lose perspective,” he continued.

With girlfriend Stacey also working a hectic schedule due to her own television career, Joe admits he is missing his own family and has barely had time to see them.

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“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,” he said.

Joe has made it to the final of Dancing On Ice alongside profession skate partner Alex Murphy.

On Sunday night, they will battle against Paralympic sprinter Libby Clegg and her partner Mark Hanretty, and Diversity dancer Perri Kiely and his partner Vanessa Bauer for the Dancing On Ice crown.

The latest series has been hit with scandal since it began airing at the start of the year – with former judge Jason Gardiner lashing out at Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield and describing them as 'fake' after he was dropped from the show.

While contestant Caprice Bourret sensationally quit the series after week four amid allegations of behind-the-scenes bullying.

The Dancing On Ice 2020 series final airs on ITV on Sunday 8 March at 6pm.

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