Christine McGuinness admits living together with Paddy 'really works' despite split
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Living with an ex might sound like your worst nightmare, but surprisingly Christine McGuinness has said living with Paddy McGuinness 'really works' despite the couple's decision to split up.
Christine and Paddy share three children together, older twins Leo and Penelope, and their youngest, Felicity, all of whom have autism.
They announced their split in July 2022 after 11 years of marriage, saying at the time that they'd made the decision 'a while ago' but that they planned to continue 'moving forward as the best parents' they could be.
The surprising news about their living situation was dropped into the joint statement about their split, saying: "We'll always be a loving family, we still have a great relationship and still live happily in our family home together."
Almost a year on, Christine opened up about their relationship in an interview with The Mirror, explaining that she and Paddy still talk 'an awful lot' and that she knows she can rely on him.
"I was with Patrick from when I was 19 years old so for 15 years I’ve pretty much grown up with them and obviously, he's been in the industry for a long time," she said.
"We are very close, we’re family no matter what. It’s amazing he’s there if and when I need him and the same the other way around.
"If he needed any advice from me, I'm not really sure what I can advise him on, maybe stuff with the children, but he could always ask me. If I got lost on the motorway he’d be the first person I’d call."
Christine went on to address their split, and confirmed that while it may change in the future, for now their living arrangement remains the same.
"It is what it is but we are we are family, we are still living together. It's not a long term plan but for now, that really works," she said.
The mum-of-three went on to describe how she and Paddy do their best to give each other space by working around one another, explaining: "I think especially whilst we're both so busy, we don't want to change anything at home.
"We just keep it on a rota so that he's at home when I'm away and when he’s away I’m at home and that works for us."
Christine's comments came as she promoted a new campaign with Vanish, called Me, My Autism & I, which comes in partnership with the charity Ambitious about Autism.
Like her children, Christine has been diagnosed with autism.