Joe, 41, who became the latest celebrity to be evicted from camp on Tuesday night’s episode, credits the show for his success and for how his life has panned out.
The former EastEnders star won the series in 2008 and met his now-wife Stacey, 33, two years later after she was crowned Queen of the Jungle.
Since then, the happy couple have welcomed three beautiful kids together: Rex, three, Rose, one and newborn daughter Belle, whom they welcomed in February.
Sharing a video to her Instagram Story of her catching up on Monday night’s episode, Stacey watched the moment Joe gushed about his family to his campmates.
Speaking in moments filmed before Belle’s birth, Joe said: “I met my wife from the jungle, I have two amazing kids that me and Stacey have had since being in the jungle.”
“This ain’t about winning,” he went on. “I feel live I’ve won this already.”
Joe continued to say that he thinks people would have just seen him as “that dude from EastEnders years ago” without having starred on I’m A Celeb.
Over the black and white clip of Stacey watching the heartwarming moment, she wrote: “Catching up on the jungle from last night. To the moon and back @realjoeswashy for always”.
Joe has now left the I’m A Celebrity jungle and praised his fellow campmates in his exit interview.
“I found it amazing. It was such an amazing group of people that made me and Dean [Gaffney] feel immediately welcome. I don’t think I’ve laughed as much for years. Honestly, my ribs were so sore from laughing,” he said.
Discussing how the show holds a special place in his heart, Joe went on: “It was quite an overwhelming experience as well because the jungle means so much to me. As in, I worked on it for over a decade, I met my wife on there, I’ve now had children. It was so nice to go back in there.
“It all sort of came back to me how much the show has done for me. It was lovely. It was really nice to go back and sort of say thank you. That was a big part of returning for me. Also, I was honoured to be one of the few that got to go back to be one of the legends.”
“It was such a nice experience and something me and Stacey can show our kids and let them know, it all started from the jungle,” he concluded.
I’m A Celebrity South Africa continues Wednesday night at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
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