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Christine McGuinness ‘blamed herself’ after her kids were diagnosed with autism

Christine McGuinness – who was recently diagnosed with autism herself – now knows there was nothing she could have done differently to stop her children being born with autism

Loose Women: Christine McGuinness opens up about her autism

Christine McGuinness has revealed she originally “blamed” herself when she discovered her children had autism.

The former Miss Liverpool shares twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and Felicity, five, with husband Paddy McGuinness.

All three children have been diagnosed with autism, as well as Christine, 33, who revealed she too had received a diagnosis earlier this year.

Speaking with The Telegraph, the Real Housewives of Cheshire star admitted that she and her comedian husband were once “constantly asking themselves” if they could have done anything different to prevent their children being diagnosed with autism.

The reality TV star explained that the couple wondered whether a vaccine received as a baby could have caused it, or a lack of social interaction in their early developmental years.

Paddy and Christine McGuinness have welcomed three children into the world since marrying in 2011

“So when they weren’t speaking, socialising and weren’t eating food, I instantly blamed myself,” she explained to the publication.

“But Simon [Baron-Cohen, professor at Cambridge University] has done all these studies over the years and it was clear it was genetics.”

She added: “Now I know there’s nothing we could have done differently. Our children were born autistic and so was I.”

Autism appears in many people from a young age and means their brain works in a different way from other peoples.

The doting mum has always been open about the reality of raising children with autism
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It is not a medical condition with treatments or a “cure” but some who live with it do need support to help them with certain things.

Christine recently shared the news that she had been diagnosed with autism as an adult.

“I have been confirmed as autistic,” she writes in her new book, A Beautiful Nightmare.

“It’s strange, but I’ve noticed there are little hints throughout my life that I’m autistic and more like my children than I ever could have imagined.”

The stunning star also opened up more about her diagnosis during a recent episode of Loose Women.

The former model explained more about her diagnosis on the ITV show
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“I’ve never been very social, I don’t really have a lot of friends. But I think I come across as quite confident and that I can speak to anybody, I can hold a conversation,” she explained on the ITV show.

“But building a friendship – if someone said, ‘Do you want to go to lunch?’ I’d be thinking, ‘I can’t now’.”

In her new book, Christine shares the complex needs of each of her children and the dramatic lengths she had to go to in order to prepare them for their first family holiday, but admits she wouldn’t change a thing about their lives.

“‘I bet you wish you didn’t have children,’ someone once said to me,” she writes.

“How disgusting is that! I couldn’t believe it. Well, actually, no, they’re still my children and I love them so much and I’m so lucky to have them.

According to the NHS, the main signs of autism are differences in how autistic people communicate and interact with others.

While it affects people in different ways, there are two common characteristics:

  • difficulties with social communication and interaction – autistic people may find it hard to join in conversations or to make friends;
  • repetitive behaviour, routines and activities – such as fixed daily routines, repetitive body movements and a hypersensitivity to certain sounds.

“I don’t introduce my kids like, ‘This is Leo, Penelope and Felicity and they’re autistic.’ They’re just my babies.”

Christine and Top Gear host Paddy welcomed twins Leo and Penelope into the world in 2013, two years after tying the knot.

Daughter Felicity joined the family in 2016, with doting dad Paddy going on to admit on The Jonathan Ross Show that fatherhood is “the most fantastic thing ever” when chatting about his family of five.

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