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Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness splits from model wife Christine

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TOP GEAR host Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine have announced their separation.

The couple, who married in 2011, released a statement on Instagram confirming the separation.

The statement said that despite the split, their primary goal “is to continue to love and support our children.”

The couple have twins Penelope and Leo, as well as Felicity, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism.

Christine revealed last year that she too had been diagnosed with the disease.

‘Difficult decision’

In their statement, the couple said they had made the decision to separate some time ago and although they had no intention of announcing their decision, reviewing their personal lives made them encouraged to express themselves.

“We hadn’t planned to share this publicly until we were ready, but after the lack of privacy surrounding our personal lives, we feel we have no choice but to clarify,” it read. in the press release.

“Some time ago we made the difficult decision to separate, but our main goal, as always, is to continue to love and support our children.

“It was not an easy decision to make, but we are moving forward as the best parents we can be to our three beautiful children.

“We will always be a loving family, we will always have a great relationship and will always live happily together in our family home.

“We hope this will put an end to any unwanted and unnecessary intrusions into our privacy.

“While we are working in the public eye, we ask that you please respect our privacy wishes in this regard.”

Autism documentary

Second-generation Irishman Paddy shot to fame on the sitcom Phoenix Nights and its spin-off, Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere.

He then hosted the dating show Take Me Out and in 2019 joined the Top Gear presenting team.

Last year he replaced Sue Barker as host of long-running BBC quiz show A Question of Sport.

Model and beauty queen Christine has had a spell on The Real Housewives of Cheshire and appeared as a guest on several TV shows.

Last year she appeared with her husband in the documentary Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism.