Christine and Paddy McGuinness reveal youngest daughter is showing signs of autism

Christine Paddy Mcguinness

by Hannah Mellin |
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The couple have been open and honest about life with their five-year-old twins, Leo and Penelope, who were diagnosed with the condition in 2017

Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine have revealed that their youngest daughter Felicity is showing signs of having autism.

In a recent interview with OK! Magazine, RHOCstar Christine confirmed her fears that she too would be diagnosed with the condition, that refers to a broad range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication.

"She blows us away with how smart she is, but we fully believe she’s on the spectrum," she explained.

"She’s often on her tiptoes, she’s fussy with her food and things have to be pretty precise with her routine. She lines things up in order and tenses her body when she’s excited."

Christine then added, "She’s too young to have the test but I don’t think it’ll make much difference because, unlike the twins, her speech is amazing.

"Perhaps as she’s the youngest she wants to be seen and heard."

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In 2018, Paddy revealed that he has struggled with fatherhood in an emotional interviewon John Bishop’s In Conversation With… series, admitting that he "craved normality" for his children.

"It’s still very difficult for me to deal with – it’s still very difficult. We crave… I crave normality with my children," he admitted.

Tearing up, he continued: "Now I have this different thing where, the things that people take for granted… like I was out at the local supermarket and a guy was there with his son. About a four year old, and he’s going ‘Dad, can I have a yoghurt?’ and he’s like ‘no you can’t have a bloody yoghurt put it back your mum’s doing your tea’.

"So he’s like ‘wahhh’ and the dad’s like ‘put it back’ and you know… a total normal, mundane thing, and I looked at it and thought ‘God – that bloke is so lucky to have that’. That’s how I felt at the time."

Christine also revealed that revealed that she initially struggled to accept the twins’ diagnosis, as she didn’t fully understand autism.

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She told Mail Online: "It took a while to sink in. At first I thought the doctors were wrong because I didn’t understand autism at all, when they said your children have got this lifelong condition and they can’t fix it."

The couple have gone on to become spokespeople for parents of children with autism and has often spoken out about the difficulties that those with the condition face.

They now organise the annual Twinkle Ball to raise money for the National Autistic Society.

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