Christine McGuinness breaks down in tears as she opens up for first time about her autism

Christine McGuinness broke down in tears during the first instalment of the latest series of The Real Full Monty, which features a Strictly Come Dancing theme this year.

The 33 year old model, who has revealed her mum's cancer "tore" their family apart, had filmed the two-part documentary just after she was diagnosed with autism, but before anyone knew she had the condition.

During emotional scenes on the show, the mum-of-three panicked and regretted signing up to take part in the annual charity strip-off to raise money for cancer research.

Joining Strictly pros James and Ola Jordan, ex Blue singer Duncan James and others under the tutelage of Ashley Banjo, Christine quickly realised the enormous endeavour she’d signed up for.

Overwhelmed at the prospect of performing in front of a capacity crowd at Blackpool's Empress Ballroom, Christine sat down and started crying.

"I feel that everyone's OK and I don't want to be the one that isn’t,” the star admitted.

“I over think everything, I worry, I panic and my mind can run away with me,” she later explained to the camera.

"Autism is a hidden disability and that's something I'm battling with; it's always there,” the model added.

Christine also appeared on This Morning to talk about her reasons for taking part in the show this year on Monday 13 December, where she opened up about her family’s struggles with cancer.

The star also admitted she’d found the show much tougher than she’d imagined, having always struggled to make friends or go beyond “small talk” with people.

Filming The Real Full Monty, Christine was plunged into a situation where she was required to share dormitories with, eat and constantly make conversation with a bunch of other celebs.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star told hosts Vernon Kay and Josie Gibson that she “froze and panicked so much” when she arrived to take part in the series.

But she also admitted she was “kicking” herself now, wishing she’d been able to enjoy the experience more from the beginning.

There were other moments when the blonde beauty took herself out of the room for a breather, in some scenes which were shown during Monday’s first instalment.

Yet despite the struggles she faced being out of her comfort zone, Christine reflected on the experience and was glad she’d managed to “enjoy” it eventually.

“Towards the end I settled down and I did enjoy it, and I miss everyone,” the mum-of-three added.

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