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Inside EastEnders star Danny Dyer's turbulent relationship with wife Jo from sex scandals and explosive rows to her Valentine's Day proposal

DANNY Dyer came under the spotlight this week after it emerged he sexted a mystery blonde on his stag do and begged her to send him “some filth”.

And news of the EastEnders star's actions will have no doubt triggered a serious case of déjà vu for his long-suffering wife, Joanne Mas.

Danny, 41, also shared a sex video with the woman and a saucy selfie of him in his pants in June 2016, just weeks before he and childhood sweetheart Joanne married.

The star is thought to have sent them all in jest – but it isn’t the first time financial adviser Joanne has had to deal with her husband’s indiscretions.

Their 27-year relationship has survived countless episodes of Danny's cheating – and Joanne's even kicked him out more than once.

The pair first met at school aged 14 in 1992 and became childhood sweethearts.

Before Danny hit the big time, Joanne – who is half-Spanish – was the main breadwinner and they had three children together.

Their eldest, Dani, 23, won Love Island in 2018 with her then beau Jack Fincham, while Sunnie is 12 and Arty just five.

She’s his rock and the engine of the family

In happier times, Danny has described Joanne as a “rock”, adding: “She’s the engine room that runs this family.”

But in 2001, his rock crumbled after he was linked to actress Billie Piper when Dani was just three, and Joanne booted him out.

Danny blamed his indiscretion on becoming parents so young, telling the Sunday Times Magazine, “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t a dad. Me and Joanne had Dani when I was 18 and . . . f***ing hell, we were kids!”

In the same interview, he admitted that during their time apart they did start seeing other people but kept being drawn back to each other and, “began having an affair and were sneaking around like school kids” before finally deciding to give their romance another go for Dani's sake.

Wild benders and nights in hotels

Although Joanne, 42, did take him back, Danny didn’t exactly learn from his mistake.

Seven years later, he went on a wild bender with Lily Allen and was booted out by Joanne again. There is no suggestion that anything untoward took place during the bender.

And in 2013 – the same year Danny joined EastEnders as the Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter – Laura Boyd, 20, told how she had sex with the star four times in one night at a Belfast hotel as he was about to become a dad for the third time.

And the indiscretions kept on coming.

A year later, he spent the night with a student, had a threesome with Cara Chamberlain and a pal of hers in a Blackpool hotel and was pictured naked by a woman he met in a nightclub.

At this point, Joanne must have been reaching the end of her tether.

But while she may have forgiven Danny, she didn’t turn a blind eye and according to their daughter, Dani, she wasn’t afraid of venting her anger.

In her book What Would Dani Do?, the Love Island star said her mum once lobbed a KFC Zinger Burger at Danny, catching him in the eye during a heated argument.

And on other occasions, she is said to have thrown a VHS tape at his head, cut up all his clothes and hit one of his cars with a broom.

“She’s [Jo] not one to show her emotion through tears,” Dani wrote. ‘She’s more likely to show her feelings with actions.’

She stood by him and proposed

Still, the long-suffering mother-of-three clearly loved her bad boy and proposed to Danny on Valentine’s Day 2015. They married in an intimate Hampshire ceremony the following year.

Speaking ahead of his wedding, actor Danny told Hello! magazine: “To be standing here with the girl I grew up with – looking so beautiful in her wedding dress – that is a lovely thing. Jo is my best girl – the love of my life. Without her, I would be nothing.”

Joanne also opened up about her “dream” wedding saying: “I have dreamed about this day my whole life and I just wanted it to be perfect.”

But she did reference how trying her husband-to-be had been over the years: “When Danny walks down the aisle he has to serenade me with Hello with new lyrics, ‘Sorry for all the s*** you’ve put me through’. I said he’s got to sing it.”

While the wedding itself went swimmingly – with a theme that was a fusion of Spanish and East End swagger – it later emerged that Danny had a six-week affair with Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding in 2012.

The couple got together, with Sarah believing he was single, when they were shooting scenes for the film Run For Your Wife.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, in February 2017 it was also reported that Danny sent a snap of his manhood to a young mum, who was then confronted by his daughter Dani on Facebook calling her a “skank.”

Joanne was said to be devastated by the revelation that he had secretly bedded Harding and kicked him out of the family home once again.

Birthday brought them back together

But in August 2017, the estranged couple put on a united front at daughter Dani’s birthday and soon realised they couldn’t live without each other. They moved back in together that November.

While most wronged women would put loyalty at the top of their wish list, Joanne reportedly gave Danny a list of conditions to the reunion that included doing his own washing.

Danny admitted in his book Life Lessons from the East End that domesticity wasn’t his strong point.

"I still can’t turn a washing machine on,” he wrote. “Joanne washes all my dirty pants.”

Until the revelation this week, the reunion was going pretty well.

Speaking to Jonathan Ross in December 2018, Danny said: 'I don't know what took me so long [to get married], really, it's crazy.[We've been together] 30 years. I appreciate it now, I get it…. she is incredible my wife.”

The soapstar also takes to Instagram regularly to praise his wife.

On her birthday, he posted a selfie snap of the mother of three sporting a pair of aviator sunglasses, writing: “Happy Birthday to my Queen. The back bone of our family. The unsung hero. Your ruthless wisdom and strength gives me comfort knowing you’re by my side. Any man who says he is the boss in his house is a f***ing liar . . . love you.”

And despite everything, Joanne has always stuck by her childhood sweetheart, once saying: “Danny has never not loved his kids. He has never not loved me.”

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