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Paddy McGuinness Opens Up About His Autistic Children

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Paddy McGuinness Opens Up About His Autistic Children

Comedian and TV show host Paddy McGuinness said it's a wonder he and his wife, Christine, are still together before breaking down about his autistic children.

In an emotional TV interview with fellow comedian John Bishop, Paddy admitted that he craves normality.

He said that he and Christine always need to be on hand to care for twins Penelope and Leo, four, who suffer from autism, as well as their older sister, Felicity, two.

Speaking on John Bishop: In Conversation With, Paddy said: "It's a wonder how we're still together, me and Christine, because you can't sort of do the normal things that you would as a couple.

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"I can count on one hand the amount of times we've been on a night out together, because you can't just have a babysitter."

Credit: John Bishop: In Conversation With/W
Credit: John Bishop: In Conversation With/W

Paddy went on to praise his wife for being 'better' with the children than himself, and went on to say how he became depressed and threw himself into work, leaving Christine to deal with the kids.

He said: "Christine wouldn't leave them kids, she wants to be with them morning and night. I went out working, you know. And I could do, because I knew I was providing for 'em and I could go out working and I'd come home and I didn't have a problem with that.

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"She's just fantastic. She helps me because she looks at things differently. I love the kids to bits and I do stuff with them and they amaze me, and I start seeing it from how Christine sees it."

Credit: Christine McGuiness/Instagram
Credit: Christine McGuiness/Instagram

Christine, 30, has recently become a spokesperson for those who are dealing with autism and often speaks about the struggles her family face.

Last year, she told Loose Women how 'stunned' she and Paddy were upon discovering the twins were autistic.

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She said: "We had no idea they had autism, even though the signs were there.

"They were non verbal until they were three, both walked on their tip-toes, they didn't socialise very well.

"That's probably one of the most heartbreaking parts of it because that's just something you expect your children to do, go and make lots of friends."

She recently shared a post in Instagram saying how proud she is of her children, who have just finished their first school year.

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The caption reads: "This time last year I was fighting for the twin's EHCP so they would get extra support at school. I still hadn't decided where to send them and I wasn't feeling confident they were even ready to go.

"They have surprised me so much and made me proud every day.

"My superstars are shining brighter than ever."

Credit: Christine McGuiness/Instagram
Credit: Christine McGuiness/Instagram
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In the interview, Paddy also revealed he's in the process of creating a TV show about parenting children with autism to try and help others cope.

"I'm going to be doing a programme about it, because I feel that strongly about it," he told John.

Paddy's interview with John Bishop airs on Thursday, 10pm on W.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Take Me Out, Autism

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