Strictly Come Dancing star Helen Skelton talks life as a single mother


Helen Skelton has revealed she is struggling to balance work and ‘me time’ while taking part on Strictly Come Dancing. 

The TV presenter, 39, appeared on Lorraine on Monday to discuss how being a single mother can be tricky while taking on exciting new career opportunities – as she offered other working mum’s advice, insisting delegation is key.

It comes after the Countryfile host was pictured breaking down as it was revealed her ex-husband Richie Myler is having a baby with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill – just six months after he left the family home.

Opening up: Helen Skelton has revealed she is struggling to balance work and ‘me time’ while taking part on Strictly Come Dancing

When asked by stand-in host Ranvir Singh: ‘How do you balance me time and work, or do you not, are you struggling?

Helen responded: ‘Course I am, I lump work into my me time but not everyone can do strictly for work. But for me, lower the standards, my kids do not always go to school in fully ironed uniforms and do you know what, they’ll be alright. Delegate!’

The Countryfile presenter looked effortlessly chic in a black figure-hugging midi dress and a pair of cream boots.  

It comes after Helen, who shares three children with ex Richie, was reportedly told of the baby news before Stephanie, 32, announced it on social media.

The news of the pregnancy comes just six months after Helen announced Richie, 32, with whom she shares three children, had left the family home.

Stylish: The Countryfile presenter, 39, looked effortlessly chic in a black figure-hugging midi dress and a pair of cream boots

Stylish: The Countryfile presenter, 39, looked effortlessly chic in a black figure-hugging midi dress and a pair of cream boots

Positive: She appeared on Lorraine on Monday to discuss how being a single mother can be tricky while taking on exciting new career opportunities - as she offered other working mum's advice, insisting delegation is key

Helen said: 'I lump work into my me time but not everyone can do strictly for work'

Positive: She appeared on Lorraine on Monday to discuss how being a single mother can be tricky while taking on exciting new career opportunities – as she offered other working mum’s advice, insisting delegation is key

The presenter and the rugby league player welcomed their third child in December last year.

She was seen wiping her eyes while grabbing a coffee ahead of going to rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing with her pro partner Gorka Marquez.

Former Blue Peter presenter Helen and Richie are said to be maintaining ‘cordial relations’ for the sake of their children.

Richie ended his eight-year marriage to Helen back in April, just four months after Helen gave birth to their third child, and quickly moved on with Stephanie.

Oh dear: It comes after it was revealed her ex-husband Richie is having a baby with new girlfriend Stephanie - just six months after he left the family home

Oh dear: It comes after it was revealed her ex-husband Richie is having a baby with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill – just six months after he left the family home

Family:  Helen shares three children with her ex Richie

Family:  Helen shares three children with her ex Richie

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.

Focused: Helen, seen taking part in last week's Strictly Come Dancing, is 'far too busy' training

Focused: Helen, seen taking part in last week’s Strictly Come Dancing, is ‘far too busy’ training

‘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.

It’s thought that Stephanie is already displaying a noticeable bump on social media.

MailOnline contacted Helen and Richie’s representatives for comment at the time.

Baby on the way! Helen's estranged husband Richie, pictured second from left, is expecting a child with his new girlfriend Stephanie, centre

Baby on the way! Helen’s estranged husband Richie, pictured second from left, is expecting a child with his new girlfriend Stephanie, centre

Helen hid behind her professional partner Gorka Marquez as he spoke out about her ‘difficult time’ live on Strictly on Saturday.

Twinkle-toed star 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.’

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

Awkward: Helen hid behind her professional partner Gorka Marquez, 32, as he spoke out about her 'difficult time' live on the show on Saturday

Awkward: Helen hid behind her professional partner Gorka Marquez, 32, as he spoke out about her ‘difficult time’ live on the show on Saturday

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