Inside Christine and Paddy McGuinness’ ‘split’

Christine enjoys some well-earned alone time

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by Charlotte Roberts |

She’s been open about the struggles of raising three autistic children alongside navigating her own shock diagnosis with the disorder in 2021. But Christine McGuinness looked relaxed, happy and stress-free as she let her hair down on a trip to Croatia last week, telling fans she was “loving every second”.

The former Real Housewives Of Cheshire star jetted off with a group of girlfriends – including fellow The Games contestant Chelcee Grimes – for some sun, sea and sightseeing.

Looking fabulous while posing in her bikini, Christine – who rose to fame aged 18 after winning the Miss Liverpool title – shared pictures on Instagram, captioning one with a heartfelt message reading, “I followed my heart and it lead me to Croatia. Memories for life, I’m feeling very lucky, so blessed. I’ve laughed sooo much, relaxed and switched off like never before! I definitely won’t be leaving it another 3 years before I catch my next flight.”

It was the 34 year old’s first trip since before the pandemic – and first solo holiday since becoming mum to twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and Felicity, six, with TV presenter hubby Paddy McGuinness. The showbiz couple – who married in 2011 – got candid earlier this year in a documentary called Our Family And Autism – and shared the realities and struggles of life as parents raising autistic children.

While Christine was away, Paddy updated his social media followers on how he was coping solo parenting the kids, calling himself their “skivvy”. But later in the week, fans were left concerned when it emerged Paddy had had his tattoo tribute to Christine – a heart on his wedding finger – removed, sparking speculation over their relationship.

Christine has previously opened up about how her autism has held her back – saying she’s struggled to make friends all her life and has sometimes not wanted to leave the house.

But, speaking to Closer ahead of ITV’s The Games in May, she revealed she had a newfound confidence, saying that taking part in the show – and doing something for herself – had made her the happiest she’d been in years.

She said, “I’ve never done more than three days away from the children before. This has honestly been so lovely for me. I’d really like to continue working, socialising, getting to know more girls. This is honestly the most I’ve felt like I’ve had friends. It’s been so nice.”

Christine also revealed that she spends almost 100 per cent of her time at home, saying that Top Gear presenter Paddy – who was embroiled in drama in 2018 when he was papped getting close to All Saints singer Nicole Appleton, which Christine has said left her feeling “physically sick” – is often away for long stints at a time presenting.

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And a source now says that Christine’s experience on The Games and new friendships have left her wanting to live life differently going forward.

The source says, “Of course Christine’s number one priority will always be her kids and family. But recently, she’s been feeling far happier and relaxed, and that seems to be down to finding
a better balance in her life. She absolutely loved her time on The Games, being able to be independent, socialise and spend time with new people who really made her feel amazing. And her trip away with Chelcee gave her a totally new lease of life.

“She’s realised that in order to feel happier and more fulfilled, she needs some time for herself too – and Paddy understands that and knows there may have to be some more flexibility with work schedules going forward. He just wants her to be happy so that they can thrive in their marriage and be the best parents they can be.”

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