Paddy and Christine McGuinness reveal heartbreaking news

Paddy McGuinness has split from wife Christine after 11 years of marriage, it has been revealed.

The couple have been ‘living separate lives’ for months and their recent wedding anniversary was a non-event, with neither posting on social media about the occasion.

Christine, 34, hasn’t shared an Instagram picture with Paddy, 48, since February, when she posted a promotional image of the pair to launch their podcast.

Taking to Instagram on Friday, the couple confirmed their separation but revealed they will continue living together for the sake of their three autistic children.

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.

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.’