Christine McGuinness’ daughter Penelope, 9, said she ‘didn’t want to live’ during the pandemic

Christine McGuinness' daughter Penelope, 9, said she 'didn't want to live' during the pandemic 2
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‘It was a heartbreaking time’: Christine McGuinness reveals her daughter Penelope, 9, said she ‘didn’t want to live anymore’ during the pandemic

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Christine McGuinness has opened up over a heartbreaking conversation she had with her nine-year-old daughter Penelope.

The former model, 34, is mother to three children with autism – twins Penelope and Leo and six-year-old Felicity.

Speaking to The Sun, she opened up about the difficulties the family faced during the pandemic, with Penelope struggling the most as she finds it difficult to ‘understand her emotions’. 

Sad: Christine McGuinness has opened up over a heartbreaking conversation she had with her nine-year-old daughter Penelope

Sad: Christine McGuinness has opened up over a heartbreaking conversation she had with her nine-year-old daughter Penelope

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She explained: ‘When they opened the schools back up, her teacher wasn’t allowed to give her a cuddle when she was upset and she didn’t understand. They were in bubbles and not allowed to play with the friends they used to play with, so Penelope felt like, “She doesn’t like me any more.”

‘She took it very personally. And she said, “Mummy, I don’t want to live any more. I want to go to heaven.” She doesn’t understand the severity of what she was saying, [but] obviously for a mum, that’s so worrying.’

Christine described: ‘It was a heartbreaking time and probably one of the most difficult conversations I will ever have in my life.’ 

Doting mum: The former model, 34, is mother to three children with autism - twins Penelope and Leo and six-year-old Felicity

Doting mum: The former model, 34, is mother to three children with autism – twins Penelope and Leo and six-year-old Felicity

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Christine has previously spoken about the struggles she faced after becoming a teacher and therapist at home while in isolation.

She said: ‘Lockdown was really difficult at first. It’s been an uphill struggle. The children were getting a lot of support at school but that all stopped. Suddenly we had to become therapists for them and it wasn’t going too well.’

The devastating revelation comes after she shared details on the ‘difficult time’ she and Paddy were going through just last week. 

Staruggles: Speaking to The Sun , she opened up about the difficulties the family faced during the pandemic, with Penelope struggling the most as she finds it difficult to 'understand her emotions'

Staruggles: Speaking to The Sun , she opened up about the difficulties the family faced during the pandemic, with Penelope struggling the most as she finds it difficult to ‘understand her emotions’

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Describing her mental state as ‘all over the place’ in an interview with Fabulous magazine, she shared that she is ‘not going to put up with things from Paddy that she might’ve in the past.’ 

‘I’m feeling really quite raw and all over the place. What I might have put up with in the past, I probably wouldn’t put up with now, and the same for him. I can’t deny we are having a very, very difficult time,’ she shared.

But keen to clear her own name, Christine added that she wasn’t the one who caused the difficult situation.

‘It’s just — we’ve been together 15 years, 11 years married: we are gonna have ups and downs — but this situation at the minute — I don’t want to go into it too much but I will just say that I didn’t cause this situation,’ she continued. 

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The couple have spent time apart in recent weeks with Christine jetting off on her first ever girls’ holiday with her close friend Chelcee Grimes, while Paddy returned on Sunday from a Top Gear filming trip to Thailand. 

But things appeared to be slightly more positive as she appeared on Lorraine on Tuesday morning, telling host Carol Vorderman that she the pair are headed on holiday next week with their three children.

Separate lives? The couple have spent time apart in recent weeks with Christine jetting off on her first ever girls' holiday with her close friend Chelcee Grimes, while Paddy returned on Sunday from a Top Gear filming trip to Thailand

Separate lives? The couple have spent time apart in recent weeks with Christine jetting off on her first ever girls’ holiday with her close friend Chelcee Grimes, while Paddy returned on Sunday from a Top Gear filming trip to Thailand 

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