Paddy McGuinness breaks silence after confirming marriage split from wife Christine

Paddy McGuinness has shared that he is back at work after confirming his split from wife Christine. The couple, who had been married for 11 years, confirmed they had parted ways last week after speculation about their relationship.

In a joint statement about their marriage, Bolton-born Paddy and former model Christine opened up about the “difficult decision” to separate and said they had decided it was the end ‘some time ago’.

In the message posted to both of their Instagram Stories, they said: “We hadn’t planned on sharing this publicly until we were ready but after the lack of privacy surrounding our life 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.

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“This was not an easy decision to make but we are 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.”

They went on: “We hope this now draws a line under anymore unwanted intrusion into our our private life. Although we work in the public eye we ask kindly if you could respect our wishes for privacy on this matter.”

Paddy has since broken his social media silence with a post on his Instagram Stories. The 48-year-old indicated he is back at work on Top Gear, which he hosts on the BBC alongside Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris. Paddy gave fans a glimpse of a car boot’s worth of sweet treats that keep the show’s stars and production staff going during filming.

Paddy showed off a mega snack haul

Among the array of goodies were boxes of chocolates such as Aeros, Snickers and Freddos as well as Haribo sweets, protein bars and biscuits also among the yummy haul. “Back at Top Gear and we take our snacking very seriously,” Paddy said during the video. “We’ve got the lot in here!” he added.

Paddy and Christine confirmed they had split hours after Paddy had posted a smiling selfie of the pair on holiday. it was the first time they had been seen since Christine admitted to them experiencing a ‘very difficult’ time in their marriage. The couple had managed to head off on a family break after their holiday was left in doubt.

Christine, from Liverpool, said the family of five had been hit by a stumbling block ahead of their planned trip abroad. But while their original trip didn’t come off, Paddy and Christine managed to take their children – twins Penelope and Leo, nine, and Felicity, six – away.

Paddy and Christine appeared in a smiling selfie hours before they confirmed their split

Paddy and Christine, 34, appeared to put on a defiant display as they posed outside their woodland retreat as they enjoyed a week at Centre Parcs in Nottinghamshire. “Yes! We finally got away for our family holiday!” TV star Paddy captioned the smiling photo.

“After discovering, 3 days before we were due to fly, our youngest daughters passport had expired, our holiday to Spain had to be cancelled. We’d been telling the kids all about it, especially the airport part, so to suddenly change plans wasn’t easy! Mums and Dads with Autistic children will know exactly what I mean.”

Paddy continued: “Thankfully we got lucky and found the last available lodge at Centre Parcs, I booked it straight away. It was a big tree house and the kids absolutely loved it!!! We had a full week of activities booked for them and discovered a few of our childrens hidden talents, namely scaling the indoor climbing walls. I’m so proud of how well they did but mainly by how much fun they had.”