Christine McGuinness says she enjoyed ‘time away from the kids’ while filming The Games

Christine McGuinness is one of the competitors to the hit sports show The Games which started on ITV last night, with the competition continuing on weeknights through the weekend.

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Christine McGuinness has said that leaving her three children for the ITV Games is a “lovely change”, although it does take some preparation.

The model, 34, missed her husband Paddy McGuinness, 48, and their children – twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and youngest child Felicity, six – to star in the show.

And while it hasn’t been easy for Christine – who, like her three children, have all been diagnosed with autism – she really enjoys spending some time away from her family.

She said: “It’s been a lovely change. This experience has changed my life in a positive way. Just having time away from the kids. It’s hard work but it’s also lovely.”

Christine McGuinness is competing on ITV’s the Games, leaving husband Paddy McGuinness with their children



The couple has three children together


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Christine shared the experience with Closer magazine, telling the magazine that Paddy was at home “taking care of things” while she worked out.

She said: “Honestly, it’s lovely and doesn’t stress me out.” The former beauty queen said her children see her going to work and spending time with their father as “important”.

True housewives of Cheshire alum say she hasn’t been far from them much in the past, saying: “I was never away from my children more than three days ago.”

Christine appeared on the first episode last night (Credit: ITV)

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It is understood that the hallmark of autism is an inability to cope with change, with Christine saying she has prepared her kids for her absence by “gradually building up” gradually”.

This includes a visual calendar so her children know when she will be home. She added: “It’s been tough but I think it’s a good thing for them.”

Christine added that she finds parts of the experience difficult, and she admits that she is particularly nervous about live shows in a stadium full of people.

The mother-of-three – who announced last year she’d been diagnosed with autism – said she’s “not great in busy places”, while she struggles with sensory issues too level.

She’s competing against a bunch of other celebrities on the sports show (Credit: ITV)

Christine however managed to compete on the first episode last night and is keen to make friends along the way. She said it was “good” to have new friends on the show.

She commented that she usually doesn’t socialize a lot, adding: “Honestly, this is the best thing that makes me feel like I’ve got you. So that’s great and I want to. keep doing it.”

The Olympics continue tonight on ITV from 9pm. It will continue to air on consecutive nights this week, with the final episode scheduled to air on Friday (May 13).

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