Paddy McGuinness "didn't want" his wife Christine McGuinness to appear on 'The Real Housewives of Cheshire' because it the show is about "showing off your wealth".
The 33-year-old model had been made several offers by producers on the ITVBe series to be a regular cast member after appearing as a friend, but she initially rejected the opportunity so she could be at home for her kids.
However, when the chance to be a guest star fitted around her hectic schedule, Christine - who has three kids, Leo and Penelope, eight, and five-year-old Felicity, with 48-year-old Paddy - decided to say yes, even though the 'Top Gear' host was against the idea.
In her new autobiography ‘Christine McGuinness: A Beautiful Nightmare’, she revealed: "Just before my marriage hit this incredibly difficult time, I was in talks with 'The Real Housewives Of Cheshire' producers to join as a guest Housewife.
"I’d been approached on many occasions over the years to be a part of the show and always turned them down, because I just didn’t have the time.
"But this was a period in my life when I really wanted to do something for me. I needed to get out of the house and mix with other people, and in a way, I suppose a bit of respite from all the challenges I was facing every day at home.
"Although I still couldn’t commit to becoming a full-time cast member, the producers agreed I could join as a guest Housewife and they would work around my schedule.
"But let’s just say it didn’t go down well at home. Patrick didn’t want me to have a public profile at all. He especially didn’t want me to join this show. He thought it was all about the glitz and glamour, and showing off your wealth, which is so far-removed from my normal life.
"And I agree it wasn’t quite the right fit; I don’t live a glamorous life and I’m not shopping for Chanel bags and going to swanky parties every day, which is the reputation of Housewives.
"But it was a chance to do something! It was local to where I lived and a chance for me to make friends and have some sort of a social and work life, which had been non-existent in my twenties.
"And, most importantly, I could fit it in around the children, just a couple of hours filming here and there. So, I said yes. Being a part of the show was great fun and I enjoyed the experience I had, but it’s just not my real life."
Christine eventually walked away from the reality show in 2020, and although she enjoyed the experience she accepts that the life that is portrayed by the glamorous WAGs in the show is very far removed from her life as the mother of three autistic children.
She wrote: "Leaving the show in 2020 felt like the right decision, because it just didn’t fit in with my life anymore.
But the beautiful blonde is adamant that she did not quit the programme because Paddy didn't want her in the show.
"'The Real Housewives of Cheshire' was so far-removed from my everyday hectic life, and if I’m being honest, I was doing it for a bit of respite.
"I always wanted to be very careful and make sure I wasn’t quitting the show just because Patrick wanted me to. Although, I’m sure he was over the moon about it when I did eventually leave. At the end of every series he’d ask me not to go back.
"But I’d got to the point where I’d got everything I wanted out of it, and I felt there wasn’t much more I could give or do. It was also hard keeping up the pretence.
"I found it really challenging going in and pretending to be at someone’s party, who I didn’t even know."