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Stacey Solomon Addresses Boyfriend Joe Swash's Pantomine Row With Aaron Sidwell

'Oh my God, I'm so glad I've got such an amazing boyfriend.'

13/12/2016 10:03 GMT

Stacey Solomon has spoken about her current controversial pantomime stint, which has seen her reading her lines from a clipboard while performing in a production of ‘Dick Whittington’ in Milton Keynes.

The former ‘X Factor’ star’s boyfriend, Joe Swash, has already made headlines by passionately defending her when she was heavily criticised for not having already memorised her script, in particular by ‘EastEnders’ actor Aaron Sidwell, with whom he had a very public argument on social media.

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Stacey Solomon has her say

Addressing the matter on Monday’s (13 December) ‘Loose Women’, Stacey thanked Joe for his loyalty: “I adore Joe so much… everything he does is out of his heart. He saw how hard I’d worked and how much it means to me.

“I was really upset about the whole thing, and I don’t think he appreciated someone in the industry - knowing what I’d done and what I was trying to do - saying something like that.

“I wasn’t upset by [Joe’s comments on Twitter], I felt more conscious that he would get a backlash, and that he might have people start saying nasty things to him, and that’s what scared me the most.

“But part of me just thought, ‘oh my God, I’m so glad I’ve got such an amazing boyfriend.”

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Stacey and Joe at an event earlier this year

A spokesperson for Stacey had previously set the record straight about why she’d been using a clipboard on stage, confirming she’d not been able to attend rehearsals as she was in Australia filming ‘I’m A Celebrity’ spin-off ‘Extra Camp’.

They told MailOnline: “She arrived at the theatre this morning jet lagged and shattered, and got straight on with it.

“After 2 hours prep with the director and cast she went on and performed in front of a packed theatre. I could not be prouder of this woman right now. She’s an absolute fighter.

“She didn’t want to let one person down so she went on, clipboard in hand, and smashed it.”

‘Loose Women’ airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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