Christine McGuinness was born in Blackpool before enduring a childhood most could not even imagine
Blackpool’s Christine McGuinness has revealed the tragic circumstances she had to endure in her childhood including sex abuse, rape, bullying, poverty and anorexia.
Christine started her life in the Lancashire seaside resort before moving to Halewood where she spent years on a council estate.
Now, the mum of three has opened up to The Mirror for the first time about years of pain and how she has haunting visions of her traumatic past.
Christine, 33, is a well known reality TV star whose husband is Top Gear and Question of Sport host, Paddy.
Until now, only those closest to her were aware of her tragic upbringing.
In exclusive extracts from her book A Beautiful Nightmare, she reveals she was raped by a schoolboy when she was 13-years-old.
She also says a family friend abused her between the ages of nine and 13, while also making her watch explicit videos and footage of murders.
Christine developed anorexia at the age of eight and spent secondary school without eating a proper meal. Then, in her teenage years, she turned to drink where booze became a crutch to lean on to cope with bullying by girls at school.
Poverty was such an issue for her family that she resorted to shoplifting school shoes.
Yet now, despite everything, she now enjoys life with Paddy and their kids and says: “Nothing could knock me back down.”
Christine, who was a dancer and model before appearing on TV’s Real Housewives of Cheshire, says: “I’m a mum to three children I adore, I’m in a happy marriage, my career is reaching new heights and I feel more capable than I have ever done.
“I’m proud to be Patrick’s wife. But I am Christine and want people to know about my life – before and after I took my husband’s name.”
Christine’s mum Joanne was a cleaner and dad Johnny was an engineer. They had Christine and Billie-Jo, a year older.
They split up and Joanne later had Christine’s half-brother Jamie. She writes: “Times were hard and mum was juggling cleaning jobs just to be able to afford to have the heating on and put food on the table. Coming up to Christmases and birthdays, she’d be exhausting herself working so that she could buy presents.
“I attempted to take a pair of shoes from Asda. My school shoes had holes in and I was bullied about it. Much to my horror, I got caught and the police took me in a back room… They called my mum in.
“The shop assistant spotted my battered loafers. I wailed to this complete stranger, ‘I’m getting bullied and I’ve got holes in my shoes’. My mum said, ‘I can’t afford new ones for her’. Seeing how little we had, they let me keep them. My childhood was a difficult one – no two ways about it.
“I had anorexia for years and if I’m honest, it still can be a problem now, but I’m getting better. I don’t think it’s something you ever fully get over. I always felt like I didn’t fit in. The dining hall was a social experience I couldn’t deal with. Queuing for food used to give me major anxiety. I didn’t know where to sit or who to sit with.”
Christine says Paddy has helped her eat more normally. They met when she was 19 and on a modelling job. She admits she was scared about moving in with him as he would see how little she ate. But Paddy gently stepped in to try change her eating habits after they struggled to conceive.
Christine, now mum to twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and Felicity, five, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, which affected her fertility. To get pregnant, she needed to gain weight to restart her periods.
You can read the full story with Christine here.
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