Paddy McGuinness: ‘Our hearts are broken – the twins have autism but we’ll never stop battling for them’
Past four years were a long, lonely struggle for Paddy and his wife Christine as they tried to understand their children’s difficulties
It was 5.30am and rain was pelting down outside Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine’s home.
Their four-year-old daughter Penelope stood pounding on the patio doors, desolate, crying and frantic as one of her toys was outside getting wet.
Most parents would tell their child to calm down and go back to bed.
But Paddy, 43, star of TV favourites Take Me Out and The Keith and Paddy Picture Show, knew the only thing to calm Penelope was to rescue the toy.
“She was upset because it was one of her toy sets that she has to keep together,” he explains. “And, of course, it was raining and the sensation of rain distresses her.