‘I don’t want to lose them’ Emotional Paddy McGuinness opens up about his autistic twins starting school

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  • Paddy McGuiness became emotional after talking honestly and openly about his twins – who were recently diagnosed with autism – starting school.

    The Take Me Out host revealed during an appearance on ITV’s This Morning that he was in two minds over his four-year old twins, Leo and Penelope, taking their first steps into school life.

    The 44-year old explained: ‘They started school last week, it’s more emotional for the kids, I’ve got my life back but I don’t want to lose them.’

    The dad-of-three affectionately referred to the twins as his ‘little sausages’ before saying: ‘Leo and Penelope my eldest two are fantastic and they always do stuff like that, catch me off guard.’

    ‘Being a parent is a touch job, you do get emotional about things. And tiredness. I’m always tired.’

    Paddy’s wife Christine also addressed the subject of the twins’ first day on social media, sharing a sweet snap with the caption: ‘I love that they will always have each other #Twins #FirstDayOfSchool I’m so immensely proud.. and emotional ❤️’

    After sharing the pic with her 26.6k followers, Christine quickly received lots of congratulations messages from fans.

    ‘Aw hope they have the best day, I do wish my little one had a twin to be by her side, must be double the work but double the joy 🌈 x’ said one, while one fan asked if they were going to ‘mainstream school’: ‘How lovely. Are they going to a main stream school or a SEN school?’

    ‘Best of luck ❤️💙 my little man just started in an Asd unit he also has just turned 4. Feeling all the feels ⭐️’ added another.

    The exciting milestone comes after Christine revealed her inner battle with their children’s condition.

    She revealed in a recent interview that she tries to stay strong for her family, following Leo and Penelope’s diagnosis in February, and no matter how tough things can get, she will never let her children or husband Paddy see her cry.

    ‘I never let my husband or the children see me cry, that’s not going to help anyone,’ she told The Mirror.

    Christine and Take Me Out Host Paddy, 43, are also parents to daughter Felicity, ten months, but have said that they won’t be further adding to their brood as they are ‘stretched’ as it is.