Christine McGuinness says her daughter 'didn't want to live' after pandemic

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  Paddy McGuinness (L) and Christine McGuinness attend the National Television Awards held at The O2 Arena on January 22, 2019 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Paddy McGuinness and Christine McGuinness have three children. (Getty Images)

Christine McGuinness has revealed that her daughter didn't "want to live anymore" because of COVID restrictions.

McGuinness said her daughter, who is nine and autistic, was not able to play with her usual group of friends because of 'bubbles' which limited interaction between children.

Speaking to The Sun's Fabulous magazine, the model and presenter talked about her daughter's battles during the pandemic: “She took it very personally. And she said, ‘Mummy, I don’t want to live anymore. I want to go to heaven.'"

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McGuinness also described her own reaction to her daughter's struggles: “The panic for me of, ‘What if she does do something, not understanding that that thing is forever?’ It was a heartbreaking time and probably one of the most difficult conversations I will ever have in my life.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30:  Paddy McGuinness and Christine Martin attend the Pride Of Britain Awards at Grosvenor House, on October 30, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Paddy McGuinness and Christine McGuinness, pictured in 2019. (Getty Images)

She added: “She’s very emotional. She doesn’t understand her emotions very well. That’s something that we’ve had to try to teach her."

McGuinness has three children with Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism.

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Last year, the family made a documentary for the BBC about their journey with autism entitled Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism.

McGuinness also recently discussed the "ups and downs" of being married to the former Phoenix Nights star.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Paddy Mcguinness during the Red Nose Day night of TV for Comic Relief on March 18, 2022 in Manchester, England. Live from MediaCityUk in Salford on BBC One and iPlayer. (Photo by Nicky Johnston/Comic Relief via Getty Images)
Paddy McGuinness (Comic Relief via Getty Images)

Appearing on Lorraine, she said: “I think all marriages – especially long ones like ours – it’s not always going to be plain sailing but we’re trying to deal with things as privately as possible.

“We just want to be there to support the children and have an amazing summer. We’re going away on a family holiday next week and we’re really excited. They’re always going to be our focus.”

Paddy and Christine first met in 2007 and married in 2011.

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