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Christine McGuinness insists she ‘still loves’ Paddy despite having ‘an awful lot to deal with’ in their marriage

Christine McGuinness insists she still loves TV star husband Paddy after “one of the toughest years of my life”.

The mum of three, 30, said stories about their marriage woes had “made us open our eyes”.

It comes after Take Me Out host Paddy, 44, was photographed on a night out with ex-All Saints singer Nicole Appleton.

Christine, who last year revealed their twins had autism, said: “As a family we’ve had an awful lot to deal with, but you can only do your best in a relationship.

“It takes working at. We’ve always been extremely private.

Christine McGuinness insists she 'still loves' Paddy despite having 'an awful lot to deal with' in their marriage

Paddy and Christine managed to get away on holiday with their autistic twins Leo and Penelope recently

“We’ve been together 11 years and there have been ups and downs. I was 19 when we met. We’ve been through a lot as a couple in priv­ate, but I still love Paddy.”

She added: “The recent headlines made us open our eyes. It made us realise we have to make some changes. We were like, ‘We can make each other a lot happier’.”

The couple wed in 2011 and have three children, Leo and Penelope, four, and Felicity, 18 months.

Christine said they would not try for a fourth child.

She told OK! Magazine: “I’m done, three is the magic number. We would’ve kept going, but a lot has gone on. It’s been one of the toughest years of my life.”

Christine McGuinness insists she 'still loves' Paddy despite having 'an awful lot to deal with' in their marriage

Nicole Appleton was seen with Paddy McGuinness on a night out earlier this year which shook his marriage to the core

Christine, who recently shared a snap from their family holiday, repeated her fears Felicity may also be autistic, which she mention­­­ed on Loose Women last month.

She said: “Felicity can’t be diagnosed until she’s three. She could be copy­ing the twins, but even at six months old she was tensing her body when excited.

“She walks on tiptoes and does a flapping arm movement when happy – common signs of autism.”

In February, the couple reportedly had crisis talks after Paddy was seen with Nicole in London .

The full interview is in this week’s OK! Magazine, out today.

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