Paddy McGuinness' wife has been praised by Loose Women viewers after she spoke out about being a mum to autistic twins.
Christine McGuinness – who shares five-year-old’s Penelope and Leo with her husband – appeared on the show to talk about raising awareness around autism.
While speaking to panellists Ruth Langsford, Saira Khan, Jane Moore and Mel B, the 30-year-old opened up about the struggles of caring for them, but then explained that she felt ‘blessed’ .
“I don’t feel like my children need fixing they’re amazing as they are”, she said.
“They’re so intelligent, they’re funny, they’re loving, they care and they don’t feel they are any different.”
She then added, “I adore them, absolutely adore them I feel blessed that they’re mine”.
Following the inspiring chat, viewers rushed to social media to praise Christine, as one wrote on Twitter, “@loosewomen Christine is a star having a cousin who’s autistic I know the challenges families face #supportautismhour”.
While a seconds said, “@loosewomen Christine is amazing and SO RIGHT. I support people with Autism and there is no where near enough awareness. #AutismHour”.
And a third added, “What a lovely mum christine is”.
This comes after the star took to Instagram yesterday to reveal the she’d overheard nasty comments being made about the ‘noises’ her kids were making.
Speaking to her 112k followers, she said, “Play centres are a challenging environment for my kids anyway. But they done really well. They loved it.
“I did over hear a lady complaining about my children. She complained about the noises they were making.
“She said, ‘there must be something wrong with those children.’ It broke my heart.”
Opening up about her children’s condition further, 30-year-old Christine continued, “They were just happy, they were squealing and laughing and being loud.
“My kids don’t usually like noise but they are the loudest in the room. But let them enjoy themselves, they are expressing, they are happy.”
The Real Housewives of Cheshire star then added that there’s still a long way to go to ‘open peoples eyes’ to autism.
“People should see past the autism and see that they are happy children. Leave them alone.
“They’ve had a really good day, they’d had a brilliant day. It just upset me. All every mom wants is for their child to be happy. And they are, they’re really happy,” she finished the emotional message.
After posting the video on Instagram, Christine added that she was left ‘heartbroken’ by the comments, writing, “I had silent children for years so to hear someone complain about their noise, when they’re inside a play centre which is another challenging environment for them.. it’s heartbreaking”.
And followers were quick to offer messages of support to the mum-of-three – who also shares two-year-old Felicity with telly star Paddy, 45.
One replied, “Don’t let people bring you down celebrate the fact your children were playing happily i am so sorry that someone made you feel like this”.
While another added, “People are ignorant. Felt for you too, you are not alone ❤”.
Penelope and Leo were diagnosed with autism when they were three and a half, while Christine recently revealed Felicity is also showing early signs of autism but is too young to be diagnosed.