Christine McGuinness 'ready for love' after Paddy split but battling 'mum guilt'

Christine McGuinness is reportedly 'ready for love' after her split from Paddy McGuinness, but can't shake her 'mum guilt'.

The Blackpool-born model and former Real Housewives of Cheshire star still lives with the Bolton comedian after breaking up two years ago. The couple, who share three children, announced the separation in 2022 after 11 years of marriage but have maintained a sold bond at their Cheshire family home as they co-parent twins Penelope and Leo, and daughter Felicity.

Paddy, famed for presenting the hit dating series Take Me Out, recently the Mirror that he had 'tried a couple of dates last year' but is relishing his single status. He said: "If Christine met someone else, I'd be supportive."

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A source close to the former couple says Christine, 36, 'finally feels like it's the right time to put herself out there and get back on the dating scene' - if she manages to get pass her 'mum guilt'. They told told OK! Magazine: "It's been two years since she and Paddy separated, and she knows it's the right time for her.

"She's looking incredible and has got her body in tip-top shape. She's been at the gym every day and is looking and feeling the best she's felt in a long time."

The source added that Christine is ready to 'put her past behind her' and say farewell to the tough times now Paddy has admitted to looking for love. They explained: "Eventually over time, Christine would love to settle down again - she's a real homely girl at heart who loves nothing more than spending time with people important to her.

"She deserves happiness after being hurt. She's put on a brave face for so long but she's ready to move forward and feel loved again."

The source reckons that juggling parenting duties with a bustling career might be the only hitch in her pursuit of love Tina Wilson, relationship expert and Wingman app founder, suggested it's perfectly typical for Christine to feel slightly wary about her new single status and its impact on the children.

Tina commented: "Mothers have guilt for many things but if Christine was leaving her children to go to the supermarket and buy groceries, she would likely have less guilt, even if it's the same amount of time.

"It's because the emotions that are associated with dating are heightened with anxiety, so leaving the children for a few hours feels more emotional – when really it's no different from her taking time away for a working project or such."

Following their split, Christine and Paddy pledged to maintain a 'loving family' dynamic, yet speculation has continually sparked regarding the current state of their love lives.

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