Christine McGuinness has opened up about how husband Paddy accidentally ruined her favourite film forever – and how she had her very own Pretty Woman moment
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- 09:00, 25 Nov 2021
Christine McGuinness loved the movie Dirty Dancing so much she knew every word – but she can never watch it again after her husband Paddy accidentally ruined it.
The model, 33, revealed in her new book A Beautiful Nightmare that she's been diagnosed with autism, just like her kids, twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and Felicity, five.
And she said the unfortunate spoiling of her favourite flick is down to her being autistic.
Opening up, she explained how the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had been a huge part of her life.
She watched it so much that she knew every word.
Paddy accidentally ruined Christine's favourite film
Sadly, a sweet surprise from her husband, Take Me Out host Paddy, ended up inadvertently ruining it for her and leaving her unable to ever crack open the DVD case again.
It happened during a trip to London, when Paddy got them tickets to see the theatrical version of the movie on stage in the West End.
She wrote: "He’ll never know this, but I really didn’t enjoy it and I’ve never watched the film since. It just wasn’t the same.
"When it came to the film, I knew all the dialogue, the whole script from top to bottom, so when we watched this theatre show, right from the opening line it was different. It wasn’t my Baby and Johnny.
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing
"I really struggled with it, but I hid my disappointment and watched the show with a smile on my face.
"The music was nice and the dancing was amazing, but the storyline was slightly different and I haven’t been able to watch the film since (sorry, Patrick!).
"That’s quite typical autistic behaviour. If somebody’s obsessed with something and then it’s different for whatever reason, then that’s it, over."
And sticking to a 90s chick flick theme, Christine also opened up about her very own Pretty Woman moment.
The former Real Housewives of Cheshire star said she experienced something similar to what Julia Roberts' character went through while trying to go shopping in Beverly Hills.
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
It happened while Christine, who was struggling with anorexia and had seen her weight plummet through stress, was shopping for her wedding dress.
She wrote: "I found it so hard even when it came to finding my dress, something that should be every girl’s dream.
"I just wanted someone to pick my gown, because I’m so indecisive. But I had no friends at the time to come dress shopping with me.
"I had a real Pretty Woman moment when I finally went to look at dresses."
She continued: "I was passing this high-end dress shop in Cheshire and wasn’t planning to go in at all. Because I was so thin, I was wearing baggy clothes all the time. I had this big tracksuit on, not a scrap of make-up and I looked far from glamorous. I never did in those days, and I must admit I looked a bit rough.
"I walked in and the lady asked me, 'What kind of budget do you have?'
Christine and Paddy
Christine's book A Beautiful Nightmare
Christine McGuinness / A Beautiful Nightmare)
"'Well, I’m not really sure,' I replied. 'I don’t know how much a wedding dress costs. I don’t really have a budget in mind.'
"I meant that I didn’t really have a budget because my husband said I could have whatever I wanted. But the shop assistant took it as I didn’t have enough budget.
"She said to me, 'I don’t think we’re going to be able to find anything suitable for you. These dresses are bespoke and they cost thousands.' She then ushered me in the direction of a cheaper dress shop down the road. I was just so quiet and shy that I went, 'Oh, OK then.' I left the dress shop feeling absolutely awful. My confidence was at a real low and I was so stressed out that I just didn’t know what to do next."
Thankfully, Christine went on to find the perfect dress for her wedding to Paddy.
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