Paddy McGuinness' wife opens up on 'emotionally exhausting' lockdown in family admission

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Paddy McGuinness' wife opens up on 'emotionally exhausting' lockdown in family admission

Like many of us, Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness, 46, has been hauled up with his lovely family throughout the coronavirus lockdown, but it hasn’t been as easy as they might have liked. His wife of nine years Christine, 32, addressed their isolation experience with children with autism.

She claimed the pandemic has posed “the most testing time” for her family and spoke candidly about her worries and concerns for her children, seven-year-old twins Leo and Penelope and four-year-old Felicity, who have all been diagnosed with the disorder.

Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: “It’s been a really testing time, probably the most testing time we have ever been through as a family.

“It’s quite common with autism for them to show regression when things change and they are going through a lot of change at the minute.

“Their speech has suffered, it’s not as good as it was. The eye contact, trying to get their engagement in any kind of activity has been more difficult.”

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She remained positive though, even when times get “difficult”.

Christine, who is an advocate for Autism Awareness, explained that sticking to a routine is a good idea and admitted it’s a waiting game of patience.

Both parents, who share the TV spot-light, have spoken openly about raising autistic children.

Christine shared her perspective by giving an intimate account about what everyday life is like in a column for the Mirror earlier this year.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star also went on to reveal the twins did not utter their first words until they were four-years-old.

Last week, the twins turned seven and Christine posted a loving post to Instagram to celebrate another year.

She captioned a video of the pair as babies, saying: “Happy 7th birthday to my beautiful twins Leo & Penelope my superstars.

“They have barely spent a moment apart since the day they were born, I’m so thankful they have each other. I am truly blessed to be their mummy.


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