Christine McGuinness admits her kids still dont know about split from Paddy

Christine McGuinness has told fans that her three children, twins Penelope and Leo, nine, and Felicity, six, "still don't know" about her split from Paddy McGuinness.

The pair announced their split in July last year and Christine has since revealed that despite the breakup being public knowledge, the children "don't know any different."

She said: "The children don't know any different and they're growing up in a happy and loving home – I just want it to continue like that."

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Speaking to Woman's Own magazine, the 34-year-old admitted that she would "struggle" if Paddy ever left the family home after the former couple told fans they were "co-parenting."

"We don't know what the future holds but right now it works. The thought of eventually co-parenting in separate houses is something I'm going to really struggle with," she said.

Christine opened up about her autism and how she stayed in an unhappy marriage with Paddy because of her "fear of change" and because her diagnosis left her "craving security."

Speaking to The Times, she discussed her new fear of dating as someone with autism: "I’ve had this man in my life for 15 years. I can’t imagine being with anybody else. I don’t know what it’s like to date.

"I can’t remember what it’s like to be single. I am going into a new chapter on my own, which is petrifying for someone who doesn’t like change."

"I’m proud that I have made a decision and stuck to it – for once. That’s not easy for me to do. But I always want to lead by example, to show my children that Mummy is independent and works."

In documentary due to air next week, Christine gave a further insight to her 15-year marriage to the Top Gear host.

“I know that I’ve stayed in a place where I was probably unhappy because it was safe and I don’t like change.”

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