Sort Your Life: Joe Swash’s Bankruptcy, His Split From The EastEnders Co-Star And Surviving A Deadly Illness


Sort Your Life Viewers are in for one more hour of Stacey Solomon running amok through messy homes, boxing and tidying, tossing and rearranging, all in the name of creating a clutter-free place to live.

In today’s moving episode, Solomon will ask mum Bijal, dad Darshan and their two children to move all of their belongings to a warehouse, where they are encouraged to recycle, donate and sell items.

However, in a surprise appearance, the mum-of-four will also be joined tonight by fiancé Joe Swash, father-of-two and former EastEnders actor.

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The I’m a Celeb winner is sure to bring some laughs to the show when he shows up and offers to buy the things they’re trying to get rid of.

Swash fans may not realize the actor didn’t always have so much money to spend, having been declared bankrupt by the High Court in London after failing to pay a £20,000 tax bill .

At the time, Swash’s spokesperson insisted it was a mix-up and that the actor was in no financial trouble.

According to The daily mail , Swash originally owed £120,000 in tax to the Inland Revenue and had paid all but £20,000 of it.

But as Swash waited to pay the final £20,000, the tax office grew tired of waiting and took his assets.

Just a year later, Swash was making headlines again after breaking up with EastEnders co-star Kara Tointon, whom he had dated for nearly two years.

Kara Tointon played Dawn Swann in the BBC soap where she met her boyfriend Swash

The pair met on set in 2005 when they played sibling Mickey Miller and Dawn Swann.

However, things turned sour in 2010 when a heated argument at a panto began to expose cracks in their relationship.

They never quite recovered and Swash would wait until 2016 before reuniting with current partner Stacey Solomon.

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There’s one more thing some Swash fans might not know and that also relates to his time on EastEnders, but not in a way you might expect.

In 2005, he was forced to take a three-month hiatus from EastEnders due to meningoencephalitis.

Aged just 23, he collapsed on his mother and was rushed to hospital, fortunately only with a mild form of the virus, according to The evening norm.

Now Swash is engaged to Stacey Solomon, host of Sort Your Life Out

Encephalitis is an inflammation of brain tissue and is extremely rare, affecting four in every 100,000 people in the UK each year.

It can be fatal, but luckily Swash was fine.

You can watch Sort Your Life Out Thursday at 8 p.m. on BBC1.

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