Paddy McGuinness fears people will ‘take advantage’ of three autistic children
Paddy McGuinness has candidly shared his fears that people will "take advantage" of his three autistic children.
Top Gear star Paddy, 48, shares twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and five year old Felicity with his wife Christine.
All three of Paddy and Christine's children have been diagnosed as autistic – with his wife Christine, 33, also discovering she has autism, too.
Paddy, who has had a vasectomy after he and Christine decided against more children, revealed he rarely leaves his children's side when he's not working as they "struggle with change".
He explained: "Christine’s mum can manage the odd night, but usually something goes wrong. I can count on one hand the nights out we’ve had together in the past five years."
The TV star added: "I think my kids will probably be at home with me for ever.
"It’s great now. I’m here and Christine’s here.
"But eventually there comes a point when we’re not here any more and I worry about people taking advantage of them. We’re just putting everything in place for them and trying to get them as independent as they can be," Paddy candidly told The Sunday Times magazine.
Paddy and Christine's children have been extremely anxious about news situations since they were babies.
And the pair didn't reveal their situation to anyone – not even close family members.
"We’d make excuses when they were young,” Paddy explained. “People would say, ‘Bring them round to our house.’ And in my head I’m thinking, ‘You have no idea how difficult that is.’
"To put your kids in the car and nip to your aunty’s or your cousin’s is the best thing in the world, but for us it was the most difficult thing in the world.
“And Christine wouldn’t let anyone in the house, really.”
Penelope, Leo and Felicity still struggle with change, meaning the lockdown was "extremely difficult" for the pair.
Paddy's wife Christine explained how it had taken them years to go outside happily, and the parents now are going "to have to really build their confidence up again".
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While the TV star added: "And it’s still a bit tricky with food.
“We had got them into regular breakfast and teatime and a bit of something before bed. They still do that now, but it went.
“With autism everything takes time.
“It’s repetition, it’s doing it and it’s doing it, and you get tired with it and stressed. But when it works, it’s worth it.”
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