Paddy McGuinness breaks down in tears as he reveals he was diagnosed with clinical depression

PADDY McGuinness broke down in tears as he revealed he had been diagnosed with clinical depression after struggling to come to terms with his children’s autism.

In heart-breaking scenes, which aired last night in in Paddy And Christine McGuinness: Our Family And Autism, the 48-year-old spoke candidly about his own struggles after previously refusing to talk about the situation.

Speaking on the BBC programme, he admitted he fears that twins, Leo and Penelope, eight, and five-year-old Felicity’s diagnosis may mean they never know how much he loves them.

He explained: “It chipped away at me, with all of the things you have to do, things you have to deal with as a parent of children with autism. It dawned on me that, that’s it, that’s it for ever. There’s no ‘they’ll get better as the years go on’.

“In that whole haze of clinical depression, if you’d have given me the chance to take autism away from my children, I would have said ‘yeah’ but autism is part of who they are, so why would I want to take away a part of my children which I love?

“I wasn’t unhappy for me. I was just stressed with the whole thing but I worked my backside off because I thought the only thing I can do for these kids is give them a life where they’re as comfortable as possible.

"What I should have been think­­ing is I need to give them as much love as I can. It’s more about having time with them. I realise that now.”

Viewers were left in floods of tears as they watched Paddy and Christine open up about their family life.

One wrote: "Just watching this and thank you Paddy and Christine. Tears are coming out because me and my wife have a son who has autism and he is five – everything you are saying is our life every day."

Another posted: "Five minutes in and my wife is in tears. The masking part really hit home. Thank you Paddy, Christine and family."

A third shared: "Paddy and Christine, I was crying. I had flashbacks like Christine as I experienced so many similar challenges."

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