Paddy and Christine McGuinness relationship history and what theyve said about split

Christine McGuinness has recently decided to fly solo in terms of her career, and has been busy filming a new documentary called Christine McGuinness: Unmasking My Autism.

The doc – which aired on Wednesday 15 March – saw the model and autism campaigner reveal how the developmental disability is often ignored and misunderstood in women and girls, leading to thousands being undiagnosed.

Both Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine joined forces last year and filmed another documentary on the topic for the BBC, titled Our Family And Autism.

The special reflected upon Christine and their three children’s autism diagnosis – twins Leo and Penelope, nine, and Felicity, six.

But as many will know, shortly after it aired, the couple decided to call it a day on their marriage.

Here’s everything we know about their relationship up until that point, including how the pair met right through to tying the knot…

The Take Me Out presenter first met his future wife back in 2007 when she was modelling at the Liverpool Tennis Tournament.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star has admitted that she was unaware of who Paddy was at the time, and told The Liverpool Echo: “He was supposed to be watching the tennis, but I think he was really more interested in the fashion show.”

"We had a mutual friend there who introduced us but I can’t say I was star-struck – I’d never seen him on anything,” she recalled.

“I knew who Peter Kay was, obviously, and I’d heard of Max & Paddy, but I didn’t realise it was him. He made me laugh, though, he is quite a charmer and we just clicked."

Fast forward two years and the TV personality had popped the question on Christmas Day.

The pair were married in 2011 at Merseyside’s Thornton Manor Estate, where Paddy’s pal Peter Kay was one of the 200 guests in attendance.

During Christine’s new doc, she speaks openly about her marriage, including how her autism played a major part.

“I didn’t want my family to ever fall apart and that’s why I stayed married,” the 34 year old revealed, after she admitted that, at times, she felt as if she was playing a role of a mum and a wife.

Upon announcing the separation last July after 15 years together, Paddy and Christine issued a joint statement explaining the reasons for the split.

"We hadn't planned on sharing this publicly until we were ready but after the lack of privacy surrounding our personal life, we feel left with no other option but to clarify.”

"A while ago we took the difficult decision to separate but our main focus as always is to continue loving and supporting our children.”

“This was not an easy decision to make but we’re moving forward as the best parents we can be for our three beautiful children. We’ll always be a loving family, we still have a great relationship and still live happily in our family home together.”

"We hope this now draws a line under any more unwanted and unnecessary intrusion into our private life. "

"Although we work in the public eye we ask kindly if you could respect our wishes for privacy on this matter. We’ll be making no further comment. Loads of love. Paddy & Christine."

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