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Paddy McGuinness 'very proud' of estranged wife Christine's autism doc

Mar 16, 2023

Paddy McGuinness showed a lot of love to his estranged wife Christine following the premiere of her emotional BBC autism documentary.

The mum-of-three, 34, opened up about her past in the insightful feature-length Christine McGuinness: Unmasking My Autism, in which she traces the link between her condition, her childhood eating disorder, teenage sexual abuse and her marriage to the Top Gear presenter, 49.

The pair, who share three children together who are also diagnosed with autism, separated last summer after 15 years together.

At one point in the documentary, Christine shares how ‘petrified’ she is as an ‘extremely vulnerable’ single parent, later opening up about her harrowing experiences of sexual abuse.

The former Take Me Out presenter, 49, uploaded a picture of his beaming ex-wife on Instagram and praised her bravery.

‘Very proud of Christine for making this new documentary highlighting Autism, particularly in women,’ he penned.


‘It’ll be a massive help to our daughters in years to come along with our little lad.’

Christine’s The Games co-star and good friend Chelcee Grimes also shared a picture of her via Instagram stories and captioned it: ‘Congratulations Chris.’

Model Christine had been with her former spouse from the age 19 and shares twins Penelope and Leo, nine, and Felicity, six – who all have autism – with him.

Admitting her worries over dating anyone new came from the fact that she ‘doesn’t like change’, Christine said it would be scary for her to see someone else.

The reality star told The Times: ‘I’ve had this man in my life for 15 years. 

‘I can’t imagine being with anybody else. I don’t know what it’s like to date; I can’t remember what it’s like to be single. 

‘I am going into a new chapter on my own, which is petrifying for someone who doesn’t like change.

‘I’m proud that I have made a decision and stuck to it – for once. That’s not easy for me to do. 

‘But I always want to lead by example, to show my children that Mummy is independent and works’.

Christine McGuinness: Unmasking My Autism is available to watch on BBCiPlayer.

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