Proud Paddy McGuinness sweet message of support for ex-wife Christine after new doc

Paddy McGuinness said he was "very proud" of his ex-wife Christine as her documentary on autism aired on Wednesday evening.

In the moving film, Christine McGuinness: Unmasking my Autism air on the BBC, the 34 year old opened up about receiving her diagnosis in her thirties.

Christine learnt of her health news while making a documentary with Paddy about living with their three children, Penelope and Leo, nine, and Felicity, six.

In the documentary, she also opened up about her split with her husband of 11 years, whom she said provided support and comfort to her after she was raped as a teen.

Despite having split from the model, Paddy took to Instagram to show his support as he posted a picture of a smiling Christine with two contributors from her documentary as well as an adorable dog.

He wrote: "Very proud of Christine for making this new documentary highlighting Autism, particularly in women.

"It’ll be a massive help to our daughters in years to come along with our little lad. #unmaskingmyautism #awareness #acceptance."

It comes after Christine opened up on why she stayed with Paddy despite being unhappy, saying she didn't want her family to "fall apart".

Reflecting on what she discovered in the documentary, the model said: "I felt like I said in the film I didn’t want my family to ever fall apart. And that’s why I stayed married.

"As an autistic woman, I like to stay where I am comfortable. I like things to stay the same. And so that’s something I suppose I chose to do… But sometimes change has to happen."

Paddy and Christine announced that they were ending their relationship after 15 years together with a joint statement on Instagram over eight months ago. Despite this, they're still living together with their three children – who also have autism – to help maintain a routine.

They are also yet to tell their kids that they've split up.

Speaking to OK! about what their kids know about their split, Christine said: "They’re so young. I’m trying to just stick to their normal routine – take them to school in the morning, pick them up, try to work while they’re at school and take them to after-school clubs and just try to stick to normal life as much as possible."

She continued: “We’re trying to both be there for the children and we want to co-parent as well as we can. We want to make sure we’re both around the children whenever we can be.

“Obviously, his work does take him away, but whenever he is around, he’s there with the children. I want them to know their dad and have good times with him. When there are children involved, you’ve got to take your own feelings out of it and put the children first and that’s what we’re both trying to do.”

"The thought of eventually co-parenting in separate houses is something I'm going to really struggle with."

In the documentary, Christine revealed she had been diagnosed with autism, caused by differences in the brain that affects how people communicate and interact with the world, towards the end of 2021.

It comes after all three of her children were given the same diagnosis.


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