Christine McGuinness walked off in tears after opening up about her autism and how it’s affecting her on ITV’s The Games.
The TV presenter and former glamour model – who has emotionally shared her experience being diagnosed with autism and raising three children with the same neurodevelopmental disorder – is taking part in ITV’s sports competition, alongside Mel B’s daughter Phoenix Brown, song writer Chelcee Grimes and Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman.
In an emotional scene from the first of five episodes, Christine was left in tears as she spoke about the difficulties she faces on the show, and her fears of large crowds triggered by her autism.
‘I think I’m just finding it too much today,’ Christine explained to presenter Alex Scott.
She explained feeling ‘physically fine’, and wanting to take part in the competition but feeling concerns about her mental struggles, continuing: ‘It’s purely mentally today.’
As she walked away sobbing, she told Alex: ‘The thoughts of the crowds, the people, the gun, I don’t know what I’m actually going to do.’
The mum-of-three, who is married to presenter Paddy McGuinness, later shared: ‘I was diagnosed last year so I understand now that I will stay where I’m comfortable for as long as I can because of that.
‘I’m more scared of the stadium than I am of the sport. I want to give it my best shot but I’m worried that I could simply freeze and say I’m not doing it.
‘I’m really, really hoping that doesn’t happen because I’ve got just that one shot to try and get it right.’
Yesterday, Christine had also shared how the show had been ‘quite a lot’ to deal with due to the ‘sensory overload’, the change to her daily routine and other aspects.
Appearing on ITV’s This Morning on Monday, she said: ‘I’m autistic, all three children are autistic as well, and we do have our struggles. I struggle a lot with things other people don’t don’t, so the crowd, the sensory overload, anxiety, the noise – it’s quite a lot.
‘The change in routine every day has been quite difficult to deal with. Being around a new group of people has been so, so hard, but as time’s gone on it’s got a lot easier.’
Christine also gave a special shout out to ‘the girls’ on the show, namedropping Chelcee in particular as someone who’s helped her.
‘I’ve gotta thank the girls – Chelcee especially, she’s been amazing. Everyone’s just been incredible,’ she added.
‘I want my children to know when they grow up, nothing should hold them back because they’re autistic.
‘We can still try, we can still do our best. And I’m here! I can’t believe it!’
The Games continues tonight at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub.
Credit: Original article published here.