CHRISTINE McGuinness revealed the simple things she wanted for her children after growing up with a drug-addicted father.
The 33-year-old has opened up about how her father is a heroin addict who injected her in front of her as a teenager and she doesn’t want that life for her children.
Christine is the mother of twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and five-year-old Felicity, with comedian Paddy McGuinness and wanted to create stability for her young family.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor shared: “It was not easy for us to grow up, my father was addicted to heroin, he started using heroin before I was born. on her Spinning Plates’ podcast.
“I just want them to have hot water and a nice house, nothing like what I have, this is beyond my wildest dreams.”
Christine also credits Joanne’s mother as an inspiration to protect her as a child.
“She gave me the best she could without money, because she showed me what it’s like to be a strong independent woman,” she said.
The model opened up about her relationship with her father in her book, Christine McGuinness: A Beautiful Nightmare, and recalls the pain of growing up with addicted parents.
Previously, Christine kept her father Johnny’s struggle with addiction out of the public domain.
But in her book, she writes candidly about his battle with Class A drugs and revealed he is one of the oldest registered heroin addicts in the UK.
Christine said his troubles started when she was just a one-year-old and, after she crawled through a needle as a toddler, her mother Joanne left him – moving from Blackpool to Merseyside.
Growing up with her older sister Billie-Jo, Christine witnessed first-hand how her father became addicted to alcohol as a teenager but naturally struggled to understand why he chose to use Class A drugs instead. presence in her life.
“I saw my dad inject heroin,” she wrote. As a teenager, I struggled with my addiction. I blamed myself. When I became a mother. I can’t stop thinking about how he chose drugs over his kids.
“But as I got older, I realized it was not an easy choice for him. Addiction is a disease.”
But sadly, 30 years later since he began struggling with addiction, she says she doubts he will ever be able to get out of good shape.
Although Christine says she has a good relationship with her father, she makes it clear that although she loves him, she will never be able to respect him.
Returning to all the moments in his life that he missed, Christine said it was assumed he chose drugs over all the good he could have had – including her relationship with Paddy and their children.
However, hardships have brought Christine closer to her mother Joanne, who has brought Christine and her sister to safety – despite the decision that means a tougher life for all of them.
Writing about her mother, Christine added: “My mother longs for that relationship to work. It broke her heart. I’m so grateful she left him and that she did [us] far.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tvandshowbiz/8221529/house-kids-heroin-addict-dad-christine-mcguinness/ Christine McGuinness says: I just wanted hot water and a nice home for our kids after struggling with a heroin addict father