Who is Paddy McGuinness' wife Christine, how many kids do they have and why was she in hospital?

CHRISTINE McGuinness may look familiar as she was a regular fixture on ITV reality show, The Real Housewives of Cheshire.

But how did the former Miss Liverpool meet Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness and how many children do the couple have together?

Why was Christine McGuinness in hospital?

Christine left fans worried when she gave a thumbs-up in a shocking selfie from her hospital bed.

The Real Housewife of Cheshire wore an oxygen mask and hospital gown for the alarming picture.

Though she didn't reveal her mystery illness.

Writing alongside the pic, the mum-of-three said: "

Please hear me when I say 'I am very well so please don’t worry' I just had a little snooze, honestly it wasn’t long enough.

"But whilst I’m lay here, I’ll take a selfie and send a little reminder to stay strong.

"Be kind always, you never know what people are dealing with behind their smile."

She did not go into details about her health – while her reps have declined to comment.

The worrying snap came just a day after Christine looked in rude health wearing an eye-catching dress on a night out in London.

Who is Christine McGuinness?

Christine Martin was born in Merseyside in 1988.

Taking on the world of beauty pageants, in 2007 she bagged the Miss Commonwealth title, and won Miss Liverpool, at the tender age of 18.

Soon after she modelled for Liverpool-based boutique Cricket in her bikini at the Liverpool Tennis Tournament.

It was here that she met TV funnyman and Phoenix Nights star Paddy, 47.

They married in 2011 at Thornton Manor in Wirral after three years together.

How many kids does Christine McGuinness have?

Christine and Paddy have three children — twins Leo and Penelope – who were born in 2013 – and Felicity – who was born in 2016.

After giving birth to Felicity, Christine used social media to proudly show off her three-stone weight loss in three months.

She also tracked both pregnancies on Instagram, and her bid to keep healthy while they came to term.

Before hitting the gym, she wrote online: "I can't exercise for at least 6 weeks after my c-section but I'm not in any rush. Recovery is key."


How did she discover the twins had autism?

On Leo and Penelope's fourth birthday, Christine revealed that the twins were on the autistic spectrum – and struggled with social interaction and communication skills.

The devoted mum made the revelation through a poem – and reassured them that they were "totally unique and fantastically awesome" regardless.

She and Paddy later spoke more openly about the revelation, and Paddy explained:  “We’d been to see a paediatrician and at the end she said quite casually, ‘I’m absolutely certain both the children have autism’.”

Christine, who immediately started “grieving for [her] ‘normal’ children”, explained: “I was so angry with her.

“How dare she say that about my children, having only seen them for a few hours?

“It was the first I’d ever thought of them having autism – even if, looking back, it was obvious.”

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