Paddy McGuinness has split from wife Christine after 11 years of marriage 

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Paddy McGuinness has split from wife Christine after 11 years of marriage, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The couple have been ‘living separate lives’ for months and their June wedding anniversary was a non-event, with neither posting on social media about the occasion.

Christine, 34, hasn’t shared an Instagram picture with Paddy, 48, since February, when she posted a promotional image of the pair to launch their podcast. 

Taking to Instagram on Friday, the couple confirmed their separation but revealed they will continue living together for the sake of their three autistic children. 

Christine and Paddy share twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, all of whom have been diagnosed with the developmental disorder – and they insist their upbringing remains a top priority.

‘Not an easy decision to make’: Paddy McGuinness has split from wife Christine after 11 years of marriage, MailOnline can exclusively reveal (pictured in January 2019) 

'Difficult': Paddy and Christine shared joint statements on Instagram explaining that they still live happily together in their family home and their main focus is to love and support their three children

‘Difficult’: Paddy and Christine shared joint statements on Instagram explaining that they still live happily together in their family home and their main focus is to love and support their three children

Sharing a joint statement, they wrote:  ‘We hadn’t planned on sharing this publicly until we were ready but after the lack of privacy surrounding our personal life, we feel left with no other option but to clarify.

‘A while ago we took the difficult decision to separate but our main focus as always is to continue loving and supporting our children.

‘This was not an easy decision to make but we’re moving forward as the best parents we can be for our three beautiful children. We’ll always be a loving family, we still have a great relationship and still live happily in our family home together.

‘We hope this now draws a line under anymore unwanted and unnecessary intrusion into our private life.

‘Although we work in the public eye we ask kindly if you could respect our wishes for privacy on this matter. We’ll be making no further comment.’ 

It's all over: The couple have been 'living separate lives' for months and their recent wedding anniversary was a non-event, with neither posting on social media about the occasion

It’s all over: The couple have been ‘living separate lives’ for months and their recent wedding anniversary was a non-event, with neither posting on social media about the occasion 

Finished: The couple are currently holidaying with their children at Nottingham Center Parcs – which was said to be a make-or-break trip, with Paddy sharing an image of himself and Christine on Friday morning

Finished: The couple are currently holidaying with their children at Nottingham Center Parcs – which was said to be a make-or-break trip, with Paddy sharing an image of himself and Christine on Friday morning 

A source told MailOnline: ‘Paddy and Christine have given everything to their marriage over the years.

‘Sadly, they have made the tough decision to part ways for the sake of their young family, who they will continue to co-parent together.

‘It’s been no secret within their inner circle that it’s been a difficult few years for them as a couple but they still very much support each other and will continue to do so throughout their separation.’

Paddy shared a photo of himself with Christine just hours before the couple of 15 years announced their split.

The pair smiled together from Centre Parcs Nottingham, where they holidayed as a family with children, Penelope, Leo, and Felicity, this week. 

Top Gear presenter Paddy captioned the picture, which is his first upload to feature Christine since February, ‘Yes! We finally got away for our family holiday.’

Opening up: Just last week Christine appeared on breakfast show Lorraine to address claims of a rift in her marriage to Paddy

Opening up: Just last week Christine appeared on breakfast show Lorraine to address claims of a rift in her marriage to Paddy 

Last week, model Christine appeared on ITV show Lorraine, which was presented by Carol Vorderman, where she spoke about her marriage to Paddy.

She said: ‘Marriages go through up and downs anyway, all marriages, especially long ones like ours – 15 years together, it’s not always going to be plane sailing but we’re trying to deal with things as privately as possible and we both want to be there to support the children and give them an amazing summer.

‘We’re going away on a family holiday next week and we’re really excited about it and they are always going to be our focus and they’re the most important things to us.’

Their breakup comes five months after the couple released their first podcast, Table Talk, together, which discusses the realities families with seriously ill or disabled children face.

They have also featured in critically acclaimed BBC documentary Our Family and Autism, where they spoke in detail for the first time about raising their three children with the condition.

During the one-off show, former Take Me Out presenter Paddy admitted he found their diagnosis ‘difficult to come to terms with.’

He said: ‘The early days when we knew nothing about autism were really tough.

‘The kids didn’t sleep; they’d have meltdowns at loud noises and bright lights and nothing we did helped. We kept the curtains closed and hardly let anyone into the house.’

Priority: The couple share twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism

Priority: The couple share twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism 

Concern: Paddy previously admitted his biggest fear is that his children will fail to recognise how loved they are because their autism causes them to struggle with emotion

Concern: Paddy previously admitted his biggest fear is that his children will fail to recognise how loved they are because their autism causes them to struggle with emotion

Paddy also admitted his biggest fear is that his children will fail to recognise how loved they are because their autism causes them to struggle with emotion. 

Christine explained: ‘He’s said this for years about the love thing and it’s not something we’ve disagreed on, but Patrick has worried for years that the children might not feel loved, or they don’t understand it.

‘I’ve always said they do; they struggle to show it and struggle to appreciate sometimes everything that we do for them because they’re autistic.’

Family: 'This was not an easy decision to make but we're moving forward as the best parents we can be for our three beautiful children,' the couple announced on Friday

Family: ‘This was not an easy decision to make but we’re moving forward as the best parents we can be for our three beautiful children,’ the couple announced on Friday 

Christine was diagnosed as autistic herself during the documentary, confessing that she struggled in school, had few friends growing up, and preferred spending time on her own.

The Games contestant revealed she spent eight years of her marriage to Paddy inside their home because she felt uncomfortable around people.

She said: ‘In my 20s I had around eight years of just staying in and avoiding any kind of contact with anybody other than my husband. I just avoided everyone. I didn’t socialise, I’ve never really had friends so it’s never been an issue.

‘It’s something that I’ve thought for years and even at school I always felt different. I have known there is something.’

Christine revealed she spent eight years of her marriage to Paddy inside their home because she felt uncomfortable around people.

She said: ‘In my 20s I had around eight years of just staying in and avoiding any kind of contact with anybody other than my husband. I just avoided everyone. I didn’t socialise, I’ve never really had friends so it’s never been an issue.

‘It’s something that I’ve thought for years and even at school I always felt different. I have known there is something.’

Christine met Paddy while modelling at a Liverpool Tennis Tournament in 2007 and the pair married during a lavish wedding at Thornton Manor three years later.

Their relationship appeared strained in February 2018 when Paddy was pictured arm in arm with former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton.

Christine spoke about the couple’s ‘difficult’ marriage shortly after the images of Paddy and Nicole, 47, who were spotted in London’s Soho, were made public.

In March 2018, she said: ‘It’s been difficult recently. I want us to spend more time together, to do stuff together.

‘I wish he would stay home more, or that I could go with him. But we are happier than ever, we have been putting the effort in.

‘There have been times when he’s left to go to work and I’ve waved him off and then I’ve gone back into the house and cried thinking I wish he would just stay in.’

In his biography, My Lifey, which was released last year, Paddy said in the chapter entitled Marriage and Kids that himself and Christine are ‘polar opposites with no common interests.’

He explained their relationship had survived so far because of the laughter they share together and their mutual interest in lovemaking.

Paddy wrote: ‘We don’t like the same films, TV programmes or food, we wouldn’t have a night out together, and we annoy each other most of the time.

‘I hardly know any of her mates, and aside from living in the same house we have totally separate lives.

‘So why are we still married after a decade? Answer: we laugh and make love… a lot.’

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