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Paddy McGuinness has split from wife Christine after 11 years of marriage 

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Paddy McGuinness has split from wife Christine after 11 years of marriage, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The couple have been ‘living separate lives’ for months and their recent wedding anniversary was a non-event, with neither posting on social media concerning the occasion.

Taking to Instagram on Friday, Paddy, 48, and Christine, 34, confirmed their separation but revealed they are going to proceed living together for the sake of their three autistic children. 

The couple share  twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, all of whom have been diagnosed with the developmental disorder – they usually insist their upbringing stays a top priority.

 

All over: Paddy McGuinness has split from wife Christine after 11 years of marriage, MailOnline can exclusively reveal

Throughout: Paddy McGuinness has split from wife Christine after 11 years of marriage, MailOnline can exclusively reveal

Sharing a joint statement, they wrote:  ‘We hadn’t planned on sharing this publicly until we were ready but after the shortage of privacy surrounding our personal life, we feel left with no other option but to make clear.

‘Some time ago we took the difficult decision to separate but our most important focus as all the time is to proceed loving and supporting our youngsters.

‘This was not a straightforward decision to male but we’re moving forward as the perfect parents we might be for our three beautiful children. We’ll all the time be a loving family, we still have an incredible relationship and still live happily in our family home together.

‘We hope this now draws a line under anymore unwanted and unnecessary intrusion into our private life.

‘Although we work in the general public eye we ask kindly when you could respect our wishes for privacy on this matter. We’ll be making no further comment.’ 

Finished: The couple have been 'living separate lives' for months and their recent wedding anniversary was a non-event

Finished: The couple have been ‘living separate lives’ for months and their recent wedding anniversary was a non-event

A source told MailOnline: ‘Paddy and Christine have given every part to their marriage through the years.

‘Sadly, they’ve made the tough decision to part ways for the sake of their young family, who they are going to proceed to co-parent together.

‘It has been no secret inside their inner circle that it has been a difficult few years for them as a pair but they still very much support one another and can proceed to achieve this throughout their separation.’

Opening up: Just last week Christine appeared on breakfast show Lorraine to address claims of a rift in her marriage to Paddy

Opening up: Just last week Christine appeared on breakfast show Lorraine to deal with claims of a rift in her marriage to Paddy 

Their breakup comes 4 months after the couple released their first podcast, Table Talk, together, which discusses the realities families with seriously in poor health or disabled children face.

It follows their critically acclaimed BBC documentary Our Family and Autism, where they spoke intimately for the primary time about raising their three children with the condition.

Former Take Me Out presenter Paddy admitted he found their diagnosis ‘difficult to return to terms with.’

He said: ‘The early days after we knew nothing about autism were really tough.

‘The children didn’t sleep; they’d have meltdowns at loud noises and shiny lights and nothing we did helped. We kept the curtains closed and hardly let anyone into the home.’

Priority: The couple share twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism

Priority: The couple share twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism 

Paddy’s biggest fear is that his children will fail to recognise how loved they’re because their autism causes them to struggle with emotion.

Within the documentary, which aired in December, Christine explained: ‘He’s said this for years concerning the love thing and it is not something we have disagreed on, but Patrick has apprehensive for years that the youngsters may not feel loved, or they do not understand it.

‘I’ve all the time said they do; they struggle to point out it and struggle to understand sometimes every part that we do for them because they’re autistic.’

Christine was diagnosed as autistic herself through the documentary, confessing that she struggled in class, had few friends growing up, and preferred spending time on her own.

The Games contestant revealed she spent eight years of her marriage to Paddy inside their home because she felt uncomfortable around people.

She said: ‘In my 20s I had around eight years of just staying in and avoiding any sort of contact with anybody aside from my husband. I just avoided everyone. I didn’t socialise, I’ve never really had friends so it’s never been a difficulty.

‘It’s something that I’ve thought for years and even at college I all the time felt different. I actually have known there’s something.’

Christine hasn’t shared an Instagram picture with Paddy since February, when she posted a promotional image of the pair to launch their podcast. 

The couple have also featured in critically acclaimed BBC documentary Our Family and Autism, where they spoke intimately for the primary time about raising their three children with the condition.

Paddy admitted he found their diagnosis ‘hard to return to terms with.’

He said: ‘The early days after we knew nothing about autism were really tough.

‘The children didn’t sleep; they’d have meltdowns at loud noises and shiny lights and nothing we did helped. We kept the curtains closed and hardly let anyone into the home.’

Paddy’s biggest fear is that his children will fail to recognise how loved they’re because their autism causes them to struggle with emotion.

Within the documentary, which aired in December, Christine explained: ‘He’s said this for years concerning the love thing and it is not something we have disagreed on, but Patrick has apprehensive for years that the youngsters may not feel loved, or they do not understand it.

‘I’ve all the time said they do; they struggle to point out it and struggle to understand sometimes every part that we do for them because they’re autistic.’

Christine was diagnosed as autistic herself through the documentary, confessing that she struggled in class, had few friends growing up, and preferred spending time on her own.

The Games contestant revealed she spent eight years of her marriage to Paddy inside their home because she felt uncomfortable around people.

She said: ‘In my 20s I had around eight years of just staying in and avoiding any sort of contact with anybody aside from my husband. I just avoided everyone. I didn’t socialise, I’ve never really had friends so it’s never been a difficulty.

‘It’s something that I’ve thought for years and even at college I all the time felt different. I actually have known there’s something.’

Christine met Paddy while modelling at a Liverpool Tennis Tournament in 2007 and the pair married during a lavish wedding at Thornton Manor three years later.

Their relationship appeared strained in February 2018 when Paddy was pictured arm in arm with former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton.

Christine spoke concerning the couple’s ‘difficult’ marriage shortly after the photographs of Paddy and Nicole, 47, who were spotted in London’s Soho, were made public.

In March 2018, she said: ‘It has been difficult recently. I would like us to spend more time together, to do stuff together.

‘I wish he would stay home more, or that I could go along with him. But we’re happier than ever, we’ve been putting the trouble in.

‘There have been times when he’s left to go to work and I’ve waved him off after which I’ve gone back into the home and cried pondering I wish he would just stay in.’

In his biography, My Lifey, which was released last 12 months, Paddy said within the chapter entitled Marriage and Kids that himself and Christine are ‘polar opposites with no common interests.’

He explained their relationship had survived up to now due to laughter they share together and their mutual interest in lovemaking.

Paddy wrote: ‘We do not like the identical movies, TV programmes or food, we would not have an evening out together, and we annoy one another more often than not.

‘I hardly know any of her mates, and except for living in the identical house we’ve totally separate lives.

‘So why are we still married after a decade? Answer: we laugh and make love… so much.’

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