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Stacey Solomon fights tears as she talks Joe Swash’s grief over dad’s death

Stacey Solomon grew emotional on Friday's Loose Women, as she reflected on her boyfriend Joe Swash's relationship with grief.

The actor, 38, lost his dad Ricky when he was just 11 years old, after the London cab driver suffered from an undiagnosed heart condition known as Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.

Speaking with panellists Jane Moore, Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams on Friday's show, the conversation turned to the gift Kanye West had bought his wife Kim Kardashian for her 40th birthday – a hologram of her late father.

Admitting everyone processes grief differently, Stacey, 31, revealed she commissioned a portrait of Joe's late dad for his birthday last year.

Showing the late Ricky and his grandson Rex, who was born last year, the picture upset Joe, as she recalled: "Joe can't look at it at all.

"He cannot look at it, he found it really difficult."

With tears welling up in her eyes, Stacey admitted she felt "ignorant" to have given him the drawing, before adding: "The way he deals with grief is to lock the door on it."

The former X Factor star, who welcomed a baby with Joe last year, admitted she had a "disagreement" with Joe in the past, when he struggled to put photos of his late father around the house.

Highlighting Joe's experience of grief, she explained: "When Rex was born he really struggled not being able to tell his dad or share it with his dad."

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