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Stacey Solomon admits her 'heart can't cope' as son Zachary, 16, hits emotional milestone

The former X Factor star shares three children with Joe Swash and two from previous relationships

Sophie Hamilton
Parenting Editor
June 12, 2024
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Parents across the UK will relate to Stacey Solomon's current heartache as she prepares to watch her eldest child Zachary attend his prom and finish secondary school.

The celebrity mum-of-five took to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday to share the milestone moment in her 16-year-old son's life, and we are most definitely not tearing up, nope.

In a short video, we see Zachary in a shop trying on a suit, with Stacey writing: "Now time to get Zach's suit for prom. Honestly my heart can't cope that he finishes school in a couple of weeks."

Zachary looking smart trying on suits© Instagram Stacey Solomon
Zachary looking smart trying on suits

The Sort Your Life Out host also shared a photo of herself and her son together, captioning the snap: "My Zachary 11.06.24."

Finishing school after GCSEs and going to prom is a huge moment in a teenager's life, and it's the first time Stacey has experienced the landmark occasion as a mother. 

Stacey Solomon and her eldest child Zachary© Instagram
Stacey Solomon and her eldest child Zachary

Stacey really celebrated Zachary's 16th birthday, paying tribute to him on social media.

She wrote: "My baby boy is 16 in the morning, how is that even possible? Where have the years gone Zachy? As a pre-birthday celebration we are having a Friends marathon tonight waiting for Joe to come home."

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The Loose Women panelist welcomed Zachary in 2008 when she was just 17, with her then-boyfriend Dean Cox. Stacey famously auditioned for X Factor in 2009 when Zachary was one year old.

The star has gone on to have four more children: Leighton, 11, with her ex-fiancé Aaron Barnham, and Rex, four, Rose, two, and one-year-old Belle with her husband, TV presenter and actor Joe Swash.

Stacey in selfie with Joe and five kids© Instagram
Stacey is a mum of five

Stacey previously spoke of her birth with Zachary, telling The Sun it was a long labour at 37 hours. She also opened up to HuffPost, saying that her first experience of labour left her feeling vulnerable.

She revealed: "Up until that point I thought I was pretty invincible and I would never die, whereas I felt like the experience of birth made me feel like I was very vulnerable and, all of a sudden, very human – and at any time, anything could happen to me.”

Stacey added: “It is a pain that you’ve probably never experienced before in your life. If you can, find it in you to be empowered by that. By the fact that it’s a huge, huge, massive thing that your body’s about to do ... which is quite incredible.”

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