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Christine McGuinness hits back at fan concerns she's lost 'too much weight'

Have a say: Christine McGuinness insisted she

Christine McGuinness has insisted she’s ‘not trying to lose weight’ amid concerns from fans that she looked too thin in recent photos.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star, 34, who has battled anorexia in the past and revealed she suffered from trust issues for years, showed pictures of herself enjoying a party for the opening of Italian restaurant Lucarelli at Harvey Nichols department store in London on Wednesday.

However, as hordes of fans privately messaged the star expressing concern over her weight loss, Christine assured them she was “healthy and happy” amid a “difficult few months” after her separation from Paddy McGuinness.

Have a say: Christine McGuinness insisted she

Have a say: Christine McGuinness insisted she was ‘not trying to lose weight’ amid fan concerns that she looked too thin in recent photos

Along with a screenshot of the many comments she received, she wrote, “Just a small amount of the messages I received yesterday.”

“It’s no secret that the past few months have been difficult, but rest assured that I am healthy and happy. I’m not trying to lose weight, I don’t want to lose weight.

She concluded, “I’m doing my best.”

Issues: Christine assured fans she was

Issues: Christine assured fans she was ‘healthy and happy’ amid ‘a difficult few months’ following her split from Paddy McGuinness (pictured together in 2021)

Among the worried messages she received, one wrote: ‘Lost too much weight’.

Another added: “You look great but you’re losing a bit too much weight.”

Another concerned follower said, “Christine too skinny, please take care beautiful.”

And a fourth added: ‘You look lovely but please don’t lose any more weight. Be happy with the way you are.

Speaking: 'It's no secret that the last few months have been difficult, but rest assured that I am healthy and happy.  I'm not trying to lose weight, I don't want to lose weight'

Speaking: ‘It’s no secret that the last few months have been difficult, but rest assured that I am healthy and happy. I’m not trying to lose weight, I don’t want to lose weight’

Christine separated from her husband, Top Gear presenter Paddy, in July after eleven years of marriage.

In a joint statement at the time, Christine and Paddy said they aimed to be the “best parents possible”.

The couple share twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, who have all been diagnosed with autism – and they insist their education remains a top priority.

Christine has said in the past that she was told to lose weight as a model despite being a size six and suffering from anorexia for years.

Over: Christine split from husband, Top Gear presenter Paddy, in July after eleven years of marriage

Over: Christine split from husband, Top Gear presenter Paddy, in July after eleven years of marriage

In February, Christine spoke out after concerning details of her extreme diet at the height of her 10-year-old eating disorder emerged.

The model’s comments revealed that she was surviving on just 300 calories a week during her anorexia, while living as a dancer in Paris.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, the mother-of-three, who was diagnosed with autism last year, urged others not to copy her dangerous behaviors and admitted that her autism still to this day “plays a enormous role” in his eating habits.

The TV personality has previously said she knew she was anorexic when she was eight years old and was diagnosed when she was 14. She began her recovery when she met her husband, Paddy, when she was 19, and began to consider having children.

In her late teens, Christine worked as a dancer and model in Paris, living in a hostel with other girls after leaving her Merseyside home in a bid to launch her career.

She said that during this period, she only ate a 90-calorie soup every other day, which equates to less than 300 calories a week – dangerously below the recommended 2,000 for women per day.

Anorexia: ‘The secret disease’

Beat’s external affairs director Tom Quinn told MailOnline about the psychological effects of eating disorders:

“Eating disorders are very secretive illnesses and unfortunately Christine’s story shows how easy it is for symptoms to get worse if left unchecked,” Qunn noted.

“People with eating disorders may not always realize they are unwell and may view their behavior as perfectly normal, making it more difficult for them to seek treatment.”

“We urge anyone who may recognize the same pattern in themselves or a loved one to see their GP as soon as possible.

“Eating disorders are serious, but full recovery is possible and specialist help gives the best chance.”

The model explained of her time in Paris: “The only thing that got a little out of control was my eating disorder. Nobody watched me, so I barely ate.

“I was dancing and burning a lot of calories, and I never took a dinner break. It was easy for me not to eat, because nobody was watching me.

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“I would have a cup of soup, which had 90 calories, every other day and that was it. Nothing else, bar full of water.

Speaking to MailOnline, the model urged ‘don’t copy me’, explaining that she ‘wouldn’t recommend it one hundred per cent to anyone and I certainly wouldn’t now’.

She added that she was young and absorbed in her work as a dancer and that she “often forgot to eat”.

Christine lived in Paris in her late teens and made her living dancing in nightclubs. It was during a weekend in Liverpool at the age of 21 for a modeling job that she met her husband Paddy, then 34 years old and 15 years her senior.

Christine once credited her ex-husband with helping her recovery, explaining, “Patrick was giving me food in dribs and drabs, so I didn’t even notice it.” It was in such a sweet way. Instead of confronting me with a stacked plate, he was like, “Oh, try that.”

The reality TV star shares three children with the star. She said it was her desire to be a mom that fueled her desire to overcome her anorexia.

“When I went to see a doctor, the reason I wasn’t ovulating or having my period was due to an eating disorder.

“It allowed me to improve, but it took four years for everything to be regulated,” she said.

Tough times: In February, Christine spoke out after details of her extreme diet at the height of her 10-year-old eating disorder emerged

Tough times: In February, Christine spoke out after details of her extreme diet at the height of her 10-year-old eating disorder emerged

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