Christine McGuinness was told by friends to leave her marriage to Paddy McGuinness after pictures emerged of him with another woman.
The 33-year-old model and TV personality opened up about the "difficult time" in her new book A Beautiful Nightmare.
Snaps of Top Gear star Paddy arm-in-arm with another woman hit the headlines back in February 2018.
The popular television presenter had been away for months filming Keith and Paddy Picture show at the time.
Christine was at home with their three children when she discovered the photographs.
She penned: "My husband, arm-in-arm with another woman. I felt physically sick.
"I ran to the toilet to vomit. Still to this day I remember that absolutely awful pit-of-your-stomach feeling."
The Real Housewives of Cheshire star says she'd previously "seen a few exchanges between Patrick and the other women on social media but thought nothing of it".
Quickly after the pictures were plastered over the internet, Christine was inundated with messages offering an opinion on her marriage.
"My phone started blowing up. I had loads of messages from people saying 'I hope you sort it out'.
"'Leave him. Don't stay with him',others told me."
Despite being left "devastated" after seeing the snaps, Christine says she knew she was never going to leave Paddy.
She said: "It didn't matter to me if I'd forgiven him, if I was OK with it or if I trusted him. All of that didn't count, I just wanted my children to have their father there."
"For that to happen, I had to brush it under the carpet.
"So, that’s what I did and I haven’t mentioned it since. We’ve never spoken about it really, and I’ve certainly never talked about it publicly before.
"I would never kick my husband out. We said nothing and within a couple of weeks we were out and about as though nothing ever happened. We just got on with married life.
"I’m glad we did, because his bond with the children is so much better than it ever was then. And he makes so much more of an effort to be at home as much as possible."
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Paddy and Christine celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary this year after they first met back in 2007 when Christine was just 19 years old.
The couple first laid eyes on each other when she was modelling for Cricket at Liverpool International Tennis Tournament.
They were introduced by a mutual friend, and Christine admitted she had never seen him on TV and wasn't exactly starstruck at the time. However, she said he made her laugh and was quite charming, so he quickly won her over.
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