Paddy McGuinness has said his three autistic children will 'probably be at home with me forever' as he opened up about his fears over them growing up.
The Top Gear presenter, 48, shares three children with wife Christine McGuinness - twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and five-year-old Felicity - and he candidly spoke about life at home as he revealed he’s worried about his kids being taken advantage of.
Paddy said he worries about what will happen to Leo, Penelope and Felicity when he and Christine die, and wants to teach the trio to be independent which will help them when they’re older.
“I think my kids will probably be at home with me forever. It’s great now. I’m here and Christine’s here,” the doting dad told The Sunday Times.
“But eventually there comes a point when we’re not here anymore 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,” the Take Me Out host shared.
HIs wife, model and former Real Housewives of Cheshire star Christine, has also revealed her autism diagnosis at the age of 33.
The former Phoenix Nights star has previously spoken about his kids and their life after being diagnosed, and in his new book called My Lifey, he said he and Christine were left frustrated before doctors confirmed their three kids had autism.
This was because the couple’s friends had no children of a similar age to their young brood so had “nothing to gauge against anything” when faced with behavioural issues with their kids.
Paddy and Christine went public with the autism diagnosis four years ago, while the model confirmed she had been told by doctors she was also autistic following a documentary she and her husband made about their kids.
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During production on the BBC ’s Our Family and Autism, which they took part in to learn more about the disorder, Christine was also diagnosed after having a high score on an autism questionnaire.
She said after years of blaming herself for her children being autistic, she could put to bed her worries after her diagnosis because there was “nothing we could have done differently.”
“So when they weren't speaking, socialising and weren't eating food, I instantly blamed myself” Christine said during an interview with The Telegraph, as she revealed she had visited Prof Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge University who told her it was genetics.
“Now I know there's nothing we could have done differently. Our children were born autistic and so was I,” she added.