Christine McGuinness recently opened up about being sexually abused as a child in her new documentary. Discovering my autism.
In the documentary that will be shown BBC One On March 15, Christine explained how women with autism have experienced domestic or sexual abuse in relationships.
“I’ve been through it, I’ve been silent, I don’t think I’ve ever said it because I’m autistic,” said the TV presenter, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2021.
The model continued: “Was it me? Would a neurotypical woman say anything? Is it my fault? How did I find myself there? All these questions.”
Reflecting on her teenage life, Christine said, “It was something I experienced as a teenager and then when I met my husband. [Take Me Out Presenter Paddy McGuinness]I felt very secure at that point, so I think I stayed in that relationship for 15 years.”
Christine, who has three children, all with autism, explained to Paddy: “My relationship before Patrick wasn’t very good.”
“I would say they were all pretty bad experiences. I don’t know how to say this. “Before Patrick, I was sexually assaulted,” the reality star explained.
He said: “I was raped. I used to pray, now I think it’s sad, I used to pray every night so that I wouldn’t wake up in the morning. I didn’t want to live because it was so scary. It was just horrible.”
Speaking about her split from Paddy following her autism diagnosis, the media personality added: ‘I was stuck in an unhappy place because it was safe, I didn’t like change and ultimately I wanted to keep myself. family together.”