Paddy McGuinness’ heart tattoo tribute to wife Christine mysteriously ‘disappears’… but is all as it seems?
- Paddy, 48, got the inking as a symbol of his commitment to model Christine, 34, after losing his wedding ring twice in the past
- On Monday he appeared on Instagram with a bare hand with chef Chris Baber
- His tattoo appeared to be missing – but eagled-eyed observers suggested that the camera was on selfie mode and the tattoo is in fact still on his left hand
- Christine has previously spoken of Paddy losing his wedding band – but insisted she no longer minded because he had the love heart tattoo instead
Paddy McGuinness appeared to have removed the heart tattoo tribute to wife Christine he has on his wedding finger.
The Top Gear host, 48, got the inking to make up for losing his wedding ring twice in the past.
But his symbol of his commitment to Christine, 34, was missing on Monday, when he appeared on Instagram with a bare hand alongside chef Chris Baber.
Disappeared: Paddy McGuinness has sparked speculation that his 11-year marriage to wife Christine is on the rocks after removing a heart tattoo he had done in tribute to her on his wedding finger (pictured on Monday)
Tribute: The Top Gear host, who’s been married to Christine since June 2011, got the inking to make up for losing his wedding ring twice in the past (pictured in October 2019)
‘He has it tattooed anyway!’: Christine has previously spoken of him losing his wedding band – but insisted she no longer minded because he had the love heart tattoo instead
However, it is unclear whether the video had been flipped – because it is in selfie mode – and the tattoo is in fact still on his left hand.
Speaking previously about his romantic tattoo, Christine said: ”My wonderful husband Paddy McGuinness lost his wedding ring… again… on our family holiday about two months ago.
‘He still hasn’t replaced it but today he is forgiven because he’s wearing a T-shirt with my picture on. #Over12years #StillStrong #HeHasItTattooedAnyway!’
Paddy’s Instagram appearance comes days after his wife jetted off on a girls’ holiday with three female pals including former footballer Chelcee Grimes, 30, to Croatia.
MailOnline has contacted Paddy and Christine’s representatives for comment.
Mystery: Paddy’s symbol of his commitment to Christine was missing on Monday when he appeared on Instagram with a bare hand alongside chef Chris Baber
Commitment: The former Take Me Out host’s love heart inking was visible during an appearance on Loose Women in 2019
‘Memories for life’: Christine enjoyed a girls’ holiday to Split, Croatia last week alongside three female friends and close pal Chelcee Grimes, where she posed in a hot pink bikini
Paddy jetted off to Portugal the week before with friends while Christine captioned a set of pictures from her break: ‘I followed my heart and it led me to Croatia.
‘Memories for life, I’m feeling very lucky, so blessed. I’ve laughed so much, relaxed, and switched off like never before.
‘I definitely won’t be leaving it another three years before I catch my next flight.’
She commented on a picture of her The Games co-star Chelcee saying, ‘Where to next?’ alongside the plane and love heart emoji.
It was the couple’s 11th wedding anniversary on June 4, but it was a non-event, with neither posting on social media about the occasion.
Christine hasn’t shared an Instagram picture with Paddy since February, when she posted a promotional image of the pair to launch their first podcast, Table Talk, which discusses the realities families with ill or disabled children face.
The couple’s podcast follows their critically acclaimed BBC documentary Our Family and Autism, where they spoke in detail for the first time about raising their three children with the condition.
Paddy, who shares twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and daughter Felicity, six, with Christine, admitted he found their diagnosis ‘hard to come to terms with.’
He said: ‘The early days when we knew nothing about autism were really tough.
‘The kids didn’t sleep; they’d have meltdowns at loud noises and bright lights and nothing we did helped. We kept the curtains closed and hardly let anyone into the house.’
Paddy’s biggest fear is that his children will fail to recognise how loved they are because their autism causes them to struggle with emotion.
‘I’ve laughed so much’: Christine said she felt ‘so blessed’ following her break with Chelcee, who she met while competing on ITV show The Games in May
In the documentary, which aired in December, Christine explained: ‘He’s said this for years about the love thing and it’s not something we’ve disagreed on, but Patrick has worried for years that the children might not feel loved, or they don’t understand it.
‘I’ve always said they do; they struggle to show it and struggle to appreciate sometimes everything that we do for them because they’re autistic.’
Christine was diagnosed as autistic herself during the documentary, confessing that she struggled in school, had few friends growing up, and preferred spending time on her own.
The Games contestant revealed she spent eight years of her marriage to Paddy inside their home because she felt uncomfortable around people.
She said: ‘In my 20s I had around eight years of just staying in and avoiding any kind of contact with anybody other than my husband. I just avoided everyone. I didn’t socialise, I’ve never really had friends so it’s never been an issue.
‘It’s something that I’ve thought for years and even at school I always felt different. I have known there is something.’
Longterm: Paddy and Christine have been married for 11 years after meeting in 2007 and share three children together, twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and daughter Felicity, six (pictured 2018)
Christine met Paddy while modelling at a Liverpool Tennis Tournament in 2007 and the pair married during a lavish wedding at Thornton Manor three years later.
Their relationship appeared strained in February 2018 when Paddy was pictured arm in arm with former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton.
Christine spoke about the couple’s ‘difficult’ marriage shortly after the images of Paddy and Nicole, 47, who were spotted in London’s Soho, were made public.
In March 2018, she said: ‘It’s been difficult recently. I want us to spend more time together, to do stuff together.
‘I wish he would stay home more, or that I could go with him. But we are happier than ever, we have been putting the effort in.
‘There have been times when he’s left to go to work and I’ve waved him off and then I’ve gone back into the house and cried thinking I wish he would just stay in.’
In his biography, My Lifey, which was released last year, Paddy said in the chapter entitled Marriage and Kids that himself and Christine are ‘polar opposites with no common interests.’
He explained their relationship had survived so far because of the laughter they share together and their mutual interest in lovemaking.
Paddy wrote: ‘We don’t like the same films, TV programmes or food, we wouldn’t have a night out together, and we annoy each other most of the time.
‘I hardly know any of her mates, and aside from living in the same house we have totally separate lives.
‘So why are we still married after a decade? Answer: we laugh and make love… a lot.’