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Christine McGuinness has confirmed she and husband Paddy, who have autistic kids, are to film a documentary about autism.
The couple have a personal interest in the developmental disorder because their five-year-old twins Leo and Penelope are autistic, but she has rubbished speculation they are shooting a reality show, admitting the camera crew would be “too upsetting” for the couple’s kids.
“We are doing something together, a documentary and it is about autism. But there is no way a camera crew would work, it would be too upsetting.
“We can’t even have family over, but we are doing a documentary. We want to explore autism and how it manifests.
“We avoid going shopping with the children. I’ve tried taking them with ear defenders, and while that helped, I wasn’t prepared for the amount of stares we got. I didn’t know at the time they had autism, I just thought they didn’t like the noise. Now we can go but it’s not a nice experience.”
Christine – who also has two-year-old daughter Felicity, who is also showing signs of autism, with the comedian – says Paddy is an “absolutely amazing” father, after he initially “struggled”.
Speaking on a special edition of ‘Loose Women’ for autism awareness, she added:
“I have to say he’s amazing, too. I find it easy with the children, yes it’s challenging but I just managed it, but he struggled.
“He’s so good but he has to be because he loves the children. But just getting his head around the fact we’ve got three children with a lifelong condition that we knew nothing about.
“Nothing can prepare you for that, you have to learn on the job. He’s doing absolutely amazing.
“He only spoke about it recently. I think it’s harder for dads and men.
“We’ve always stayed so private anyway. We have a completely different world at home than when we’re doing what we’re doing.”