Inside Christine McGuinness and Chelcee Grimes’s ‘inseparable’ friendship – from luxury holidays to cheeky Insta posts | The Sun
SINCE their first meeting on ITV's The Games, Christine McGuinness and Chelcee Grimes have barely been apart.
The pair have now spent a lot of time together and have jetted off on not one, but three incredible luxury holidays in the space of a few months.
They’ve also spoken highly of each other in the media with Christine, 34, once gushing that her pal is her “soul sister”.
And over the weekend, they appeared to cement their status as the ultimate BFF when they were spotted sharing a sweet kiss at Winter Wonderland.
Here, we take a look at their 'inseparable' friendship since Christine announced her split from husband Paddy, 49, after 15 years of being together.
Christine and Chelcee, 30, first met in April while competing on the TV show, The Games, where celebrities battle it out in Olympic-style events.
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Chelcee emerged victorious alongside Wes Nelson, while Christine came in ninth.
Speaking to Fabulous about the Grammy-nominated artist, Christine said: “Chelcee is my soul sister. Just straight away from the day I met her, I just loved her.
“She’s hilarious. And honestly, it was just the best time on the show.”
During filming of The Games, however, word began to circulate about the status of Christine and Paddy’s marriage.
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Rumours swirled around that the TV host had been unfaithful to his model wife, who he had been married to for 11 years.
It’s been reported that the crew that worked on The Games had known that Paddy had shared a kiss with a TV star the year prior.
According to a source: “A number of them told her about the kiss and that he’d been unfaithful. She was very hurt and upset.”
Eyebrows were raised further when Paddy was noticeably missing during Christine’s time in the spotlight.
In response to their marital woes, she told Carol Voderman on Lorraine: “It’s not always going to be plain sailing but we’re trying to deal with things as privately as possible.”
But a week later, they announced that they were calling time on their marriage, which had produced three kids – twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and Felicity, five.
In a joint statement, they shared said they still lived “happily” in their family home together and were dedicated to being the best parents to their kids.
It’s been reported that singer-songwriter Chelcee has been a huge source of support for Christine following the split.
In June, Chelcee and Christine flew off to Croatia for a girls trip, and shared a series of snaps from their holiday.
Posting the pictures on Instagram, the model wrote: “I followed my heart and it led me to Croatia. Memories for life, I’m feeling very lucky, so blessed.
“I’ve laughed sooo much, relaxed and switched off like never before!”
The pair were seen together with other friends having dinner, soaking up the sun, and showing off their tan.
In September, they jetted off once again – this time to Santorini, where they were joined by other pals.
When she returned to the UK, Christine posted a snap and captioned: “69 hrs in Santorini. Siestas and Sunsets is just what I needed. Calm. Tested. Happy. Healthy. Blessed.”
And in late October, they escaped the autumn blues and headed off to Crete for another girls trip.
They stayed at the Stella Luxury Resort & Spa and once again took to social media to give fans a glimpse of their vacation.
The adults-only luxurious resort is known for its giant lagoon pool, five star restaurants and an incredible spa, located alongside a private beach.
A stay in the resort's exclusive bungalows, which have a hot tub and steam room, goes for £2,500 a week.
After their holiday, a source told The Sun: “Christine and Chelcee hit it off straight away and love spending time with each other.
“They have enjoyed another sun-filled break together but also hang out a lot.”
Christine has also loved spending time with her mate's Chihuahua, Santiago.
In a 2019 interview, Chelcee, who played for Liverpool Ladies from the age of 10, told Gay Times that she identified herself as bisexual.
However, last year, she opened up to Pink News that she now considers herself a lesbian.
She said: “Seeing me, a mixed-race woman of colour and a lesbian, have not just one career but many careers, I hope that sets a fire in someone else so that they can do it too.”
In August 2019, she started a romance with Megan Barton Hanson, 28, who was a contestant on 2018’s Love Island.
They made their relationship public the next month after Chelcee was seen comforting her when she became emotional on a night out.
But their romance was short lived – they split up in October when it emerged that they had both been texting the same woman.
According to MailOnline, the woman in question was Teddy Edwardes, who Megan’s ex Demi Sims had also been texting.
At the time, a source said Megan and Chelcee had huge arguments about the situation after Teddy tweeted about it and eventually decided to call it quits.
They got back together in November, however, and even went on a romantic holiday to the Maldives in January 2020.
Following yet another split and reconciliation, they finally ended their relationship for good with Megan going on to have a rocky relationship with TOWIE star James Lock.
In August last year, Chelcee decided to move away from London back to Liverpool and told OK! how happy she was.
“I am just so happy where I am in my life right now,” she said.
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“In my twenties I maybe would stay in relationships. I was lonely in London – that’s the honest truth of it.
“The relationships I was in while I was living in London – they just wouldn’t happen now because I am so at peace.”
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