Paddy McGuinness returns to Instagram following split from wife Christine 

In need of a pick-me-up? Paddy McGuinness shows off his extensive snack haul after being forced to deny flirting with second TV star – following split from wife Christine

  • Paddy broke his social media silence as he filmed the snacks on offer while filming series 33 of Top Gear on Wednesday 
  • MailOnline exclusively revealed on Friday that Paddy had split from wife Christine after 11 years of marriage 
  • Christine was reportedly ‘furious’ as she accused Paddy of secretly flirting with a second woman following earlier cheating claims
  • Paddy denied the claims with a source close to the unnamed TV star, who is said to be a lookalike of Christine, also denying the allegations

Paddy McGuinness proudly showed off the extensive selection of snacks on offer at Top Gear filming as he returned to social media on Wednesday following his split from wife Christine. 

MailOnline exclusively revealed on Friday that Paddy, 48, had split from wife Christine, 34, after 11 years of marriage, with the pair ‘living separate lives’ for months.

A week prior he had been hit by claims that he cheated on his wife Christine with a fellow TV star last year, and on Sunday the Take Me Out host was forced to deny that he’d been secretly flirting with a second star behind estranged Christine’s back.

Yet Paddy’s priorities seemed to be solely on his stomach on Wednesday as he took to Instagram with a short clip showing a car boot filled with various chocolate bars and confectionary.  

Comfort eating? Paddy McGuinness proudly showed off the selection of snacks on offer at Top Gear as he returned to social media on Wednesday following his split from wife Christine

Yum: Paddy's priorities seemed to be solely on his stomach on Wednesday as he took to Instagram with a short clip showing a car boot filled with various chocolate bars and confectionary

Comfort eating? Paddy McGuinness proudly showed off the selection of snacks on offer at Top Gear as he returned to social media on Wednesday following his split from wife Christine

As he panned the camera over boxes of Oreo cookies and tubs of Haribo sweets he quipped: ‘Back on Top Gear we take our snacking very seriously.’ 

The father-of-three and his co-hosts Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris have fronted Top Gear since 2019 and are currently filming season 33 of the long-running BBC motor series. 

Paddy’s return to work comes just days after he denied claims he secretly flirted with a second girl behind estranged wife Christine’s back – amid allegations he kissed another TV star.

The Sun reported that Christine was ‘furious’ at the new claims – but it was shot down by Paddy’s camp, as well as a source close to the unnamed TV star, who is said to be a lookalike of Christine.

It's over: MailOnline exclusively revealed on Friday that Paddy, 48, had split from wife Christine, 34, after 11 years of marriage, with the pair 'living separate lives' for months (pictured in 2018)

It’s over: MailOnline exclusively revealed on Friday that Paddy, 48, had split from wife Christine, 34, after 11 years of marriage, with the pair ‘living separate lives’ for months (pictured in 2018)

One to watch: Paddy and co-hosts Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris have fronted Top Gear since 2019 and are currently filming season 33 of the long-running BBC motor series

One to watch: Paddy and co-hosts Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris have fronted Top Gear since 2019 and are currently filming season 33 of the long-running BBC motor series

The publication had previously claimed a ‘very hurt’ Christine had confided in her friends about her suspicions of Paddy’s infidelity as well a flirtatious exchange with a TV girl on Twitter, with a source saying she ‘had a feeling for a while something wasn’t right’.

The source told The Sun of Christine’s feelings towards the second girl: ‘She was convinced that at the very least there was an attraction there.

‘She felt hurt and betrayed. She didn’t want to react immediately, so she pretended she was none the wiser and gave herself some time to think and work out what to do.

‘But it of course caused a lot of tension when things were already very difficult. Without trust, it was hard to see a way of making things work.’

Scandal: Paddy's return to work comes days after he denied claims he secretly flirted with a second girl behind estranged wife Christine's back - amid allegations he kissed another star

Scandal: Paddy’s return to work comes days after he denied claims he secretly flirted with a second girl behind estranged wife Christine’s back – amid allegations he kissed another star

Christine’s spokeswoman said: ‘She’s dealing with the breakdown of her marriage in private.’

They confirmed their separation via Instagram on Friday, but revealed they will continue living together for the sake of their three children with autism.

Christine and Paddy share twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, all of whom have been diagnosed with the developmental disorder – and they insist their upbringing remains a top priority.  

'Difficult': Paddy and Christine shared joint statements on Instagram on Friday explaining that they still live happily together in their family home and their main focus is to support their kids

‘Difficult’: Paddy and Christine shared joint statements on Instagram on Friday explaining that they still live happily together in their family home and their main focus is to support their kids

Sharing a joint statement, they wrote:  ‘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.’  

Family: Christine and Paddy share twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism

Family: Christine and Paddy share twins Penelope, and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism 

A source told MailOnline: ‘Paddy and Christine have given everything to their marriage over the years.

‘Sadly, they have made the tough decision to part ways for the sake of their young family, who they will continue to co-parent together.

‘It’s been no secret within their inner circle that it’s been a difficult few years for them as a couple but they still very much support each other and will continue to do so throughout their separation.’

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.

Christine and Paddy McGuinness’ relationship timeline

Christine and Paddy first met through a mutual friend in 2007. At the time, Christine had just modelled in a fashion show at the Liverpool Tennis Tournament, while Paddy was focusing on his career as a TV presenter.

December 2009

They started dating and after two years together, Paddy proposed to Christine in their home on Christmas Eve.

June 2011

The couple tied the knot at Thornton Manor in Cheshire in front of 200 guests in June 2011. Peter Kay was Paddy’s best man.

Romance: Christine and Paddy first met in 2007. After a year together, the Top Gear host proposed on Christmas Eve and tied the knot in 2011

Romance: Christine and Paddy first met in 2007. After a year together, the Top Gear host proposed on Christmas Eve and tied the knot in 2011

2013

They welcomed a set of twins, their first children together, in 2013. At the age of four the kids were both diagnosed with autism. 

2016 

Their second daughter Felicity was born in 2016, she too was diagnosed with the disorder. 

February 2018

Their relationship appeared strained in February 2018 when Paddy was pictured arm in arm with former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton.

In her book A Beautiful Nightmare, Christine wrote: ‘I felt physically sick. I ran to the toilet to vomit. Still to this day I can remember that absolutely awful pit-of-your-stomach feeling.’

However, after he arrived home, Christine admitted that she brushed the incident ‘under the carpet’.

Family: They welcomed a set of twins, their first children together, in 2013. At the age of four the kids were both diagnosed with autism. Their second daughter Felicity was born in 2016, she too was diagnosed with the disorder

Family: They welcomed a set of twins, their first children together, in 2013. At the age of four the kids were both diagnosed with autism. Their second daughter Felicity was born in 2016, she too was diagnosed with the disorder

Paddy was hit by claims that he cheated on his wife Christine with a fellow TV star in 2021.

2022

Concerns for their relationship were initially raised by fans last month as the couple celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary, but made no public post or comment regarding the occasion.

Paddy hasn’t appeared on wife Christine’s social media feeds since February 2022.

Last month rumours began to circulate after a video of Paddy surfaced online which appeared to show his distinctive heart-shaped finger tattoo missing. He originally got the inking done as tribute to make up for having lost his wedding ring on a couple of occasions.

Paddy and Christine announced their split in a joint Instagram post on July 22 – after 11 years of marriage. 

The couple revealed they came to the decision ‘a while ago’ but said they will continue living together for the sake of their three autistic children.

Break-up: Paddy and Christine announced their split in a joint Instagram post on July 22 - after 11 years of marriage

Break-up: Paddy and Christine announced their split in a joint Instagram post on July 22 – after 11 years of marriage

 

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