Paddy and Christine McGuinness have confirmed their split after over 10 years of marriage.
Real Housewives of Cheshire star Christine, 34, and Paddy, 48, confirmed the news in a lengthy and emotional statement on Instagram and revealed that they have been separated for some time.
The couple have been together for 15 years and married for 11 years, and they share three children together – Felicity, six, and nine year old twins Leo and Penelope.
In their joint statement, Paddy and Christine explained that they will continue to live in the same house together as their children remain their priority.
The couple, who live in Cheshire, have previously opened up about their family life when they starred in the documentary, Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism.
All three of Paddy and Christine's children have been diagnosed with autism and more recently, former model Christine was also diagnosed with the same condition.
The mum-of-three previously opened up OK! about her children's autism and the difficult times she and Paddy have faced.
Speaking about the future, she told us: "There’s a lot of uncertainty. I don’t know if my children will ever live independent lives. But they amaze me every day and achieve things I didn’t think they would, so only time will tell."
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She and Paddy first met back in 2007 and they quickly fell for one another and started dating. Paddy popped the question to Christine on Christmas Day in 2008 and two years later they tied the knot in a ceremony held at Thornton Manor in Wirral.
Christine and Paddy welcomed twins in 2013 and then daughter Felicity in 2016.
Rumours had started to circulate that the pair's marriage was on the rocks earlier this year, with both Christine and Paddy remaining tight lipped about their relationship problems.
Before they confirmed their split, Christine had been open about the pair going through marital difficulty in recent weeks and told Fabulous Magazine that she and Paddy were "having a very, very difficult time".
At the time she added: "It’s just — we’ve been together 15 years, 11 years married: we are gonna have ups and downs — but this situation at the minute — I don’t want to go into it too much but I will just say that I didn’t cause this situation.
"What I might have put up with in the past, I probably wouldn’t put up with now, and the same for him. I'm feeling really quite raw and all over the place."
The statement read: "We hadn't planned on sharing this publicly until we were ready but after the lack of privacy surrounding our personal life, we feel left with no other option but to clarify.
"A while ago we took the difficult decision to separate but our main focus as always is to continue loving and supporting our children. This was not an easy decision to make but we're moving forward as the best parents we can be for our three beautiful children. We'll always be a loving family, we still have a great relationship and still live happily in our family home together.
"We hope this now draws a line under anymore unwanted and unnecessary intrusion into our private life.
"Although we work in the public eye we ask kindly if you could respect our wishes for privacy on this matter. We'll be making no further comment."
The couple signed off: "Loads of love. Paddy & Christine."
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