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Paddy McGuinness and wife Christine take separate holidays – as she links arms with female friend

PADDY McGuinness’s wife Christine set tongues wagging by going on holiday without him — as she was pictured cosying up with a female friend during the getaway.

Take Me Out star Paddy, 48, had jetted to Portugal with his mates and after he returned, Christine, 34, flew out on a girls’ trip to Croatia.

Christine McGuinness enjoyed a holiday in Split, Croatia with her girl pals without husband PaddyCredit: supplied
Christine has grown close to new best friend Chelcee GrimesCredit: INSTAGRAM
Paddy had been on holiday in Portugal without Christine before her break in SplitCredit: BBC

She and her new “BFF” (best friend forever) Chelcee Grimes partied with three other pals on the sunshine break.

The model has become close to talented footballer and singer/songwriter Chelcee, 30, since they appeared together on ITV reality show The Games in May.

On the holiday in Split, the pair were seen in social media footage filmed by friends walking along a promenade with their arms around each other.

They were also seen stroking each other’s bums and backs as they hit the bars and dined out with their pals.

Christine and Chelcee shared several gushing posts on the getaway.

Paddy spends time away filming BBC’s Top Gear and other projects — and fans on social media questioned why the couple were not away together.

One Instagram user, Angii Mcg, wrote: “Do you and Paddy never go away together it always seems u do things as individuals not as a couple @mrscmcguinness.”

Another fan, Diane Kenna, wrote: “Is Paddy with you, it seems to be always you?”

Paul Back added: “Where’s Paddy,” followed by two laughing emojis.

Paddy, who spent over a week in Portugal with friends from his hometown Bolton, took some flak for not openly supporting his wife on ITV’s The Games.

Some called him out for failing to highlight Christine’s efforts via his own social media channels.

In contrast, other contestants’ loved ones came out to support them.

Christine’s five-day trip to Croatia was planned to be a reunion with some of the other girls from The Games, including Phoenix Brown and Olivia Attwood, but they had to pull out.

Paddy and Christine, who married in 2011, have three kids.

In a recent interview, she said she wished she could get to “the point where she can relax and enjoy” time away as a family.

Christine and Chelcee were seen walking along arm in armCredit: SUPPLIED