Christine McGuinness has revealed her true feelings towards husband Paddy McGuinness after pictures of him on a night out with Nicole Appleton hit headlines in February.
“As a family we’ve had an awful lot to deal with, but you can only do your best in a relationship and like anything else it takes working at and we’re working things through,” she told OK! magazine.
Christine, who has been filming scenes for the Real Housewives Of Cheshire, confessed the Nicole snaps had taken their toll on her marriage, but insisted she “still loves” Take Me Out star Paddy.
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“We’ve always been extremely private; we’ve been together 11 years and there have been ups and downs. I was 19 when we met,” she said.
“These headlines were easy for me to go: ‘It’s not even worth focusing on!’ We’ve been through a lot as a couple in private, but I still love Paddy.”
She went on: “The recent headlines made us open our eyes. It made us realise we have to make some changes. We were like: ‘We can do better than this, we can make each other a lot happier.'”
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The 30-year-old mum also confessed her ‘guilt’ at finding out her children had autism – and claimed she’d never even allowed Paddy to look after them on his own.
“I blamed myself. I thought it must be my fault because they’ve only ever been with me; I didn’t even let my husband look after them,” she said.
And while the couple, who married in 2011, would have loved more children, they’ve had to stop at three because of their conditions.
“Three is the magic number. We would have kept going, but a lot has gone on. It’s been one of the toughest years of my life,” Christine added.
It came after Christine revealed on Loose Women last week that she and Paddy were working on their marriage following the Appleton drama.
She insisted that they were “happier than ever”, adding: “It’s great that we’re putting the effort in, it’s lovely, it’s nice. Working at it is quite good, it’s actually exciting, you know?
“There’s been so many times where he’s left to go to
Reiterating that she didn’t regret putting all of her focus on her children, she added: “I just hope that my husband didn’t feel too pushed out, because he needs attention, too. I need attention, too.”
Read the full interview in this week’s OK! magazine, out now.