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Sophie McCoid

Paddy and Christine McGuinness' relationship from marriage struggles to kids

Paddy and Christine McGuinness recently celebrated their ten year wedding anniversary and said they are stronger than ever.

The couple met in 2007 when Christine was modelling at Liverpool International Tennis tournament.

They got married in 2011 and soon welcomed three children, but their relationship hasn't always been smooth sailing.

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All of the couple's children have been diagnosed with autism and in 2018 the pair were plagued by split rumours as Paddy was spotted out in London with Nicole Appleton.

But they've since worked on their marriage and now regularly share posts about their family life on social media.

Here's everything you need to know about Paddy and Christine's relationship.

How Paddy and Christine met

Paddy and Christine met in 2007 when she was just 19.

The pair crossed paths as she was modelling for Cricket at the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament.

Speaking to the ECHO about their meeting Christine said: “He was supposed to be watching the tennis, but I think he was really more interested in the fashion show,” she laughs. “We had a mutual friend there who introduced us but I can’t say I was starstruck – I’d never seen him on anything.

“I knew who Peter Kay was, obviously, and I’d heard of Max & Paddy, but I didn’t realise it was him. He made me laugh, though, he is quite a charmer and we just clicked.

“Neither of us was looking for anything serious at the time, so we just met up every now and again. It all started off quite casually but then he asked me to stay over at his house one night, and it went from one night to a weekend, then to a week and I just ended up not moving out.”

Engagement and wedding

Two years after they started dating Paddy popped the question on Christmas Day in 2009.

She described his proposal as very romantic, and said: “We always open our pressies at midnight because Patrick can’t wait. He says it’s because we’re so busy on Christmas morning, but it’s really because he’s just a big kid.

“So we were sitting in our pyjamas by the fire and I’d noticed during the day that he didn’t seem quite himself. I remember saying to him a couple of times ‘what’s wrong?’ but obviously I know now."

The couple then married on 4 June 2011 in a lavish ceremony at Thornton Manor in the Wirral.

Children and autism diagnosis

After two years of happy marriage the couple announced they were expecting twins and in 2013 the couple welcomed Leo and Penelope into the world.

Then in September 2016 the couple had their third child, a daughter called Felicity Rose.

In July 2017 Christine and Paddy revealed that Leo and Penelope have autism and in 2020 the couple announced that Felicity also has the condition.

Paddy and Christine are very vocal about how the condition has shaped their family and want to raise awareness among others.

Christine regularly discusses the challenges her children face and the family are set to appear in a one-off BBC documentary titled Autism and Our Family about their day-to-day lives.

Split rumours

In 2018 Christine and Paddy's relationship was rocked when he was spotted on a cosy night out in London with Nicole Appleton in February.

Christine was left heartbroken and the couple briefly split as she shared some cryptic posts to Instagram.

But after some deep discussions the pair reconciled and in December Christine revealed they were happier than ever.

She said: "Paddy and I are ending the year so much stronger.

“As a family, as a marriage, as a couple, as a mum and dad, we are stronger."

Stronger than ever

Christine and Paddy are stronger than ever (@mrscmcguinness/Instagram)

Since their 2018 blip the couple have appeared incredibly united, regularly sharing cheeky snaps of each other on their social media pages.

The coronavirus lockdown was difficult for the family initially as the children struggled to cope with a change of routine.

But the couple soon learned to see the positives and Christine said to Women's Own: "I thought we'd be killing each other - that we'd be arguing and bickering - but we're not. We're both putting in 50/50, so there's absolutely nothing for us to argue about. We're just trying to have a good time and we're laughing a lot.

Christine McGuinness enjoys the sunshine with her husband Paddy (Christine McGuinness Instagram)

"What we've realised is the stuff that we used to bicker about before was always work and who was having the kids, whereas now that's not happening, we're absolutely fine.

'We're both in the same boat for the first time in our lives, we're both completely equal, we're both stay-at-home parents right now. And that's it. No one's going anywhere."

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