PADDY McGuinness has paid an emotional tribute to his ex Christine McGuinness to mark International Women’s Day.
The TV presenter, 49, praised the model , 34, for being “incredible” with twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and Felicity, six.
Sharing a picture of Christine today, Paddy wrote: “Happy International Women’s Day to all the amazing women out there.
“Thank you @mrscmcguinness for being an incredible Mother to our beautiful children and for raising awareness around Autism which affects our little family and so many others.
“Today’s about celebrating all the good women. #internationalwomensday.”
It comes just days after Christine told how she stayed in an unhappy marriage with Paddy because her autism left her craving security.
The star, who split with Paddy, last year, said: “My relationships before I met Patrick were not very good. I’d say they were pretty bad experiences.
“Before Patrick, I had been sexually abused, I was raped. I used to pray every night that I wouldn’t wake up in the morning because it was so awful.
“When I met my husband that was a time when I was very safe and I wonder if that’s why I stayed.”
Speaking in a new documentary that will air next week, she added of their 15-year relationship: “I know that I’ve stayed in a place where I was probably unhappy because it was safe and I don’t like change.”
Autism has a range of characteristics, such as social interaction problems.
Christine was only diagnosed after her children were found to have the condition.
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