Top Gear starPaddy McGuinnessis reportedly not going to this year’sNational TV Awardswith estranged wifeChristine – even though their documentary is up for a gong.
Their BBC show Paddy and Christine: Our Family and Autism, which aired in December last year, has been nominated in the authored documentary category of the NTAs. But the couple have been living separate lives sinceannouncing their separation in July.
A source said Paddy, 48, has decided to keep away from the awards ceremony over fears his attendance could be a distraction from the success of the show.
Paddy and Christine, a 34 year old reality star and model, split earlier this year after 11 years of marriage. At the time, they said their "main focus" was "to continue loving and supporting our children".
The former couple are continuing to co-parent their twins Penelope and Leo, nine, and Felicity, six, all of whom have autism, which can make them struggle to cope with change.
Paddy and Christine's emotional documentary about the condition proved to be a hit with fans and critics, who called it "honest" and "brave". After it aired, the pair were inundated with support and positive messages from viewers, many of whom expressed their gratitude for seeing their own experiences with autism reflected on screen.
But a TV source told The Sun that Paddy would not be at the NTAs on Thursday 13 October to see if the show scoops an award.
The source added: “Paddy is staying away and focusing on work, letting Christine bask in the glory of being nominated for the doc, which meant so much to her.
“If they both showed up there would be too much focus on their relationship and they want to be respectful.”
In the documentary, Christine – who was herself diagnosed with autism last year – learns about the future of her children and their development. She also discovers more about her own condition and explores how it manifested in the form of an eating disorder during her school days.
The Real Housewives of Cheshire star, along with now estranged husband Paddy, also dispel myths about autism while speaking to other children with the condition.
Months after it was shown, the couple announced their split by posting identical statements on Instagram – where they said they wanted to be the "best parents they could be".
They wrote: “A while ago we took the difficult decision to separate but our main focus as always is to continue loving and supporting our children.
“This was not an easy decision to make but we are moving forward as the best parents we can be for our three beautiful children.
“We'll always be a loving family, we still have a great relationship and still live happily in our family home together.”
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