CHRISTINE MCGUINNESS OPENS UP ABOUT HER CHILDREN'S AUTISM
She's talked about her beautiful family on the show before and Christine joined us to support Autism Hour and talk about life with her children. Christine and her husband, TV presenter Paddy McGuinness, have twins Leo and Penelope, five and Felicity aged two - who is also presenting traits of autism.
'My children were non verbal, we didn't even know if they'd be able to go to school,' Christine explained. 'We looked at special schools and all of that, but thankfully they're verbal and they have help at school.'
'For three years we barely went out, I hid them at home for three years because it was just too hard to go to a supermarket or take them out anywhere. Now I try and keep the focus on my kids when we're out and about, but I will hear the odd comment and people will point and stare, which is heartbreaking.'
'I want to be able to take my children out, they do stand out with their behaviour, but we have as much right as anyone to go out and enjoy life.'
THE CHASE'S ANNE HEGERTY OPENS UP ABOUT LIVING WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME
She's talked about having Asperger's syndrome on the show before and The Chase's Anne - aka The Governess - joined us to talk about being diagnosed in 2005 and how it impacts on her life.
'I was 46 [when I was diagnosed],' Anne revealed. 'It was a relief. It made sense of a lot of things. I started suspecting it in 2003. It took me about two years to get the diagnosis.'
'The difficult bit really is just simply keeping myself organised,' Anne explained. 'A lot of other stuff doesn’t get dealt with or gets dealt with very late.'
But Anne is very happy with her life and wants to speak out to encourages others to educate themselves about autism and Asperger's.
'I’ve literary never in my life felt lonely.The most boring thing is to be with people who never shut up,' she said.
Watch the video to see the full chat with Anne.
THE GRANGE HILL CAST REUNITE ON LOOSE WOMEN TO MARK THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HIT KIDS TV SHOW
It is 40 years since iconic, kids TV show Grange Hill hit our screens. From teenage pregnancies to drug addiction, and student-teacher affairs, the storylines were groundbreaking at the time. Kids were hooked and Grange Hill became a household name.
To celebrate this momentous milestone, our ladies welcomed some of the Grange Hill gang for a reunion. There was plenty of nostalgia in the studio as the cast revealed some Grange Hill scenes were actually captured in the 'now' Loose Women studio.
CHRISTINE LAMPARD WELCOMES BABY DAUGHTER TO THE WORLD
Happy news today! Christine Lampard has given birth to a baby girl, her first child with ex-footballer Frank Lampard.
The 39-year-old TV presenter shared a sweet photograph to Instagram and Twitter this morning with the caption: "Let us introduce you to our little girl. Patricia Charlotte Lampard! We’re so in love."
The happy family snap was taken from her hospital bed. The pair can be seen smiling sweetly, with Christine looking positively radiant cuddling her newborn baby.
CAITLY JENNER JOINS LOOSE WOMEN!
Caitlyn Jenner joined Loose Women as a guest panellist discussing everything from transitioning, her family and inspiring others.
Asked how does it feel to be a Loose woman, Caitlyn said: “It was a long journey for me! I never knew I would actually ever make it, but I did. I had to raise all my children, I had so many things to do in life and then finally I got to the point, I was still dealing with the things I was dealing with when I was that big [mimes height of a child] and I’m thinking, ‘What the heck am I going to do with my life?’ So here we are today and life’s good, baby. Life is good.”
Of learning about the transgender community, she said: “You say things that you think is just fine and then all of a sudden the uproar, ‘Oh my gosh Caitlyn, how can you say that?’ First of all there’s nothing but love in my heart for the community from what I’m trying to do. I don’t do anything with malice in my heart. I’m just trying to make it better for everybody. That’s kind of tough when you know you’ve got your heart in the right place and people don’t know you and they think ‘Oh my god you said…’. I said something one time […] I didn’t want to look like a man in a dress, you want to be able to do a good enough job that at least you’re kind of passable, but oh my god it just blew up: ‘What about all the ones out there that want to look like a man in a dress?’"
Caitlyn explained: “I’m constantly on egg shells. I’ve learned a lot, but constantly. They have this thing called the internet… it’s kind of frightening because everything you do is scrutinised by a lot of people and it gives even the smallest majority in any community a big voice and the media is looking for that. They’re looking for controversy. If one trans person says something it becomes this amazing big story.”
Watch the video to see Caitlyn joining the show.