Helen Skelton says ‘you can’t have an opinion on anyone else’s life’ after split from Richie Myler


Helen Skelton has revealed that she refuses to see herself as a victim after she signed onto Strictly to end the year on a ‘high’ amid her divorce. 

The Countryfile presenter, 38, revealed she’d split from husband Richie Myler, 32, in April after eight years of marriage and just four months after she welcomed the couple’s third child. 

While Helen is now living back at her parents’ home with children Ernie, six, Louis, five, and nine-month-old Elsie, Richie is in a relationship with Stephanie Thirkill, 32, and she is pregnant with the couple’s first child. 

Strong: Helen Skelton has revealed that she refuses to see herself as a victim after she signed onto Strictly to end the year on a ‘high’ amid her divorce (pictured heading to training on Friday)

In an interview with The Telegraph, Helen refused to comment on Richie’s new relationship out of respect for all involved, noting: ‘You cannot have any opinion on anyone else’s life until you’ve walked in those shoes. And my family are happy, my kids are happy, and that’s all ultimately that matters.’ 

She explained that she agreed to take part on Strictly to cap off the year on a positive note, claiming: ‘I think it would have been disrespectful for me to have not done Strictly. For my family, who need to see me have a great time. It’s not just for me.’

Helen went on: ‘I don’t see myself as a victim, no, because I mean, look…  There are a lot of people who have been in my situation who haven’t been given the opportunities that I’ve got.’

New love: While Helen is now living back at her parents' home with their children, Richie is in a relationship with Stephanie Thirkill, 32, and she is pregnant with the couple's first child

New love: While Helen is now living back at her parents’ home with their children, Richie is in a relationship with Stephanie Thirkill, 32, and she is pregnant with the couple’s first child

Despite this, she admitted that she still gets frustrated just like anyone else, noting: ‘Don’t get me wrong, I have my days when I’m p***ed off.’ 

Helen is now happily single while Richie’s relationship with Stephanie came to light in May, days after it was announced that his eight-year marriage to Helen was over.

Helen was said to feel ‘bewildered’ by the breakdown of her marriage, with a source close to the couple telling MailOnline: ‘Helen is absolutely devastated.’

Coy: Helen refused to comment on Richie's new relationship out of respect for all involved, noting, 'You cannot have any opinion on anyone else’s life until you’ve walked in those shoes'

Coy: Helen refused to comment on Richie’s new relationship out of respect for all involved, noting, ‘You cannot have any opinion on anyone else’s life until you’ve walked in those shoes’

Helen added: 'I think it would have been disrespectful for me to have not done Strictly. For my family, who need to see me have a great time. It’s not just for me'

Helen added: ‘I think it would have been disrespectful for me to have not done Strictly. For my family, who need to see me have a great time. It’s not just for me’

They continued: ‘Now she is contemplating life without him while he has moved on with his new partner.’

It emerged last week that Richie is expecting a baby with his new girlfriend, and on Saturday night’s Strictly, Helen looked teary as her dance partner Gorka Marquez spoke out about her ‘difficult time’ live on the show.

The television presenter, 39, performed the Paso Doble this weekend and Gorka, 32, attempted to boost Helen’s confidence, telling her to ‘believe in you please’, after seeming to allude to her personal difficulties.

After their dance, Gorka said: ‘I know you have been having a difficult time and I know you might not feel that you’re beautiful or good enough, or anything, but if you don’t believe in yourself, I believe in you.’

‘Everybody here believes in you, your family believes in you.

‘It doesn’t matter how many times I say it or the judges say it, or anybody says it, it’s only you who is going to be the one who can make the change and the one who needs to believe in you, because you are an amazing woman, very inspirational, an amazing mum, and an incredible dancer so believe in you please.’

On the move: Kym Marsh was also seen heading to Strictly training on Friday

On the move: She donned a casual jumper and leggings paired with a khaki coat

On the move: Kym Marsh was also seen heading to Strictly training on Friday in a casual jumper and leggings paired with a khaki coat 

Pour it up: Will Mellor was seen enjoying a cup of coffee as he headed to rehearsals

Pour it up: Will Mellor was seen enjoying a cup of coffee as he headed to rehearsals 

Helen looked awkward as Gorka made his heartfelt speech before diving behind him to hide her face from view. 

Richie and Helen are maintaining ‘cordial relations’ and Helen was reportedly told of the news before Stephanie announced it publicly on social media.  

A source told The Sun that Stephanie and Richie are ‘thrilled’ to be expecting their first child, just six months after their relationship came to light.  

They added: ‘Stephanie and Richie are obviously thrilled. They have moved very quickly but are extremely happy together.

‘The timing of the pregnancy may raise a few eyebrows though. It is obviously such a huge step, and one made remarkably quickly off the back of Helen and Richie’s eight-year marriage ending.

‘But Richie and Helen maintain cordial relations, and in a way the timing is actually perfect as Helen is so happy at the moment.’

The source added that Helen is ‘far too busy’ focusing on her training and rehearsals for Strictly.

Support: On Saturday night's Strictly, Helen looked teary as her dance partner Gorka Marquez spoke out about her 'difficult time' live on the show

Support: On Saturday night’s Strictly, Helen looked teary as her dance partner Gorka Marquez spoke out about her ‘difficult time’ live on the show 

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