Christine McGuinness shed light on her autism diagnosis and described herself as ‘having no friends’ when she appeared in Loose Women.
The model, 33, whose three children are all autistic, revealed her diagnosis in her new book Christine McGuinness: A Beautiful Nightmare, and she gave her first TV interview on the subject in extraordinary detail on Monday.
Autism refers to a wide range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.
In Loose Women, Christine, who is married to Paddy McGuinness, revealed that she has never been more social and has no friends and is struggling in school, believing that all the symptoms stem from her recently diagnosed autism.
Open: Kristin McGuinness sheds light on her autism diagnosis and detailed ‘no friends’ when she appeared in Loose Women
Christine made the first entry in her book: ‘I have been confirmed to be autistic. It’s strange, but I’ve been autistic throughout my life and I’ve noticed little clues as to my children than I could have imagined.
Talking about the social aspect, he said on Monday: ‘I’ve never been very social, I don’t really have much friends. But I have a lot of confidence and I think I can talk to anyone, I can have a conversation…
‘But make friends – if someone says,’ Do you go out to dinner? ‘ I was thinking now I can’t.
Asked why Nadia Chavalha felt like that, Kristin revealed: ‘I always worry that I don’t know what to say …
Candid: Model, 33, whose three children are all autistic, revealed her diagnosis in her new book Christine McGuinness: A Beautiful Nightmare, and she gave her first TV interview on the subject in extraordinary detail on Monday.
‘I was worried about going to events with my husband … big events, I’m worried in a room with hundreds of people I don’t know …
‘I’m either going to keep my head down or make excuses to leave the room because I’ve found everything so overwhelming and now I understand that it’s because of autism.’
Reflecting on her teenage years, Christine said: ‘The school was really difficult. At school, I had no friends, I didn’t fit anywhere and I was always old …
‘I was very happy when talking to teachers. I left at 14 and my attendance was really bad, and because I was struggling. “I didn’t like eating in the canteen, I didn’t want a meal.”
Why? Asked why did Nadia Chavalha feel like that, Kristin revealed: ‘I always worry that I don’t know what to say.’
Then Christine said: ‘My children and I have many similarities. My husband and I went to do an AQ test to see if any of us were on the autism spectrum and I was really tall …
‘And I was diagnosed a few months ago so I have time to process it, talk to my family and get my head around it.
‘This is the first time I’ve talked about it, I’m worried. I’m talking a lot about my husband and my kids here but it’s interesting, nobody really said, ‘What about you?’ What is your past, what is your childhood? ‘
Honest: Kay Adams asked how Paddy responded and Christine said: ‘They’re really good. He said he had known for a while and had been thinking for a long time.
Kay Adams asked how Paddy responded and Christine said: ‘He’s really good. He knew for a while and he thought for a long time, basically after the kids were diagnosed. When we talk about their food nasty, everything about them, they were thinking, they really are like Christine.
Christine added, ‘I realized I had been hiding my whole life. Hiding is very common, it’s more common for women and girls with autism, but basically you learn how to behave and what to say … how to laugh, it’s about living with a comedian …
If I go to a hotel room, I assemble furniture, I take pictures from the wall, so there is no confusion. I don’t like busy carpets, busy curtains …
‘We are renovating our house and this is a problem for both of us. We want it homely, but I wish I could live in a simple white box.
Appearance: After her announcement she chatted on the show
Kristin explained that the scale goes from 0 to 50 and the average neurotic person would score about 15, which was a Paddy 36.
After being diagnosed, Christine wrote: ‘It was a lot to take in and after my appointment was over, I broke down in a flood of tears. I think this news sparked a mix of emotions and although I am not completely shocked and this is a relief, I am really sad for my youngest.
Christine says Paddy has been suspected of autism for years and she has always been conscious of being ‘quirky’ and ‘slightly different’.
Family: Model twins Penelope and Leo, seven and Felicity, four, shared with comedian husband Paddy
Signs and Symptoms of Autism
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with autism have difficulties with social, emotional, and communication skills that typically develop before the age of three and last throughout the person’s life.
Specific signs of autism include: