Metro.co.uk: Christine McGuinness rubbishes rumours of a reality show as she tears up talking about autistic …

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Christine McGuinness has laughed off rumours she and husband Paddy are starring in their own reality TV show.

Rumours surfaced that the parents would be opening their home to a camera crew to capture what it’s like to be parents of children with autism in a three part show with a source telling The Sun that the show would raise awareness to the disability.

However, Christine appeared on Loose Women’s special autism centric show to rubbish the rumours, explaining it would be too disruptive to her autistic children.

‘I don’t know where that came from,’ she told Kaye Adams. ‘The support we’ve had online since that story was made up has been lovely. I wish we could raise all that awareness.’

She revealed though that she and husband Paddy are filming a show, but rather than being reality it will be a documentary on both children and adults with autism.

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‘We are doing something together, a documentary and it is about autism, but there is no way a camera crew would work, it would be too upsetting’ she said. ‘We can’t even have family over, but we are doing a documentary. We want to explore autism and how it manifests.’

Speaking of what it’s like to have two children with the disability, with their third child showing signs too, Christine gave an insight into a family shopping trip.

‘We avoid going shopping with thie children,’ she said. ‘I’ve tried taking them with ear defenders, and while that helped, I wasn’t prepared for the amount of stares we got. I didn’t know at the time they had autism, I just htought they didn’t like the noise.

‘Now we can go but it’s not a nice experience.’

The Loose Women panel asked Christine how she knew her children had the condition.

‘I tuned into their needs before they had autism,’ she said. ‘I was using pictures to communicate, I didn’t know that’s what autistic mums do, you just sort it out with your children. Some things you just know.’

The mum-of-three later teared up when husband Paddy popped up on screen to deliver her a video message, telling her she is an amazing mum.

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‘You are an amazing mother and an amazing wife, have a wonderful time,’ he said.


Christine and Paddy are a team when it comes to their children (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The panel then asked if she finds life with autistic children tough.

‘It is. I have to say he’s amazing too, he is, he’s brilliant, he’s so good,’ she said of Paddy. ‘I find it easy with the children, yes it’s challenging but I manage it.

‘He struggled, and I think if you’re doing what we’re doing and you struggle, it’s 10 times worse.’

She added: ‘For me I’ve just got on with it, that’s what I do. For him he does it because he has to because he loves the children.’

Christine went on to say Paddy has found it harder to speak about his children because he’s a man.

‘Just getting his head around the fact we’ve got three children with a life long condition that we knew nothing about. Nothing can prepare you for that, you’ve got to learn on the job,’ she said.

‘He only spoke about it for the first time recently and since he has done he’s opened up. I think it’s harder for men and dads.’

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