Helen Skelton’s husband Richie Myler has reportedly already started a relationship with a new younger woman – just a week after his split from the Countryfile star.
The Sun claims that the rugby pro for Super League team Leeds Rhinos, 31, has been spending time with a young business woman – who the publication have not named.
Helen, 38, announced her split from Richie after eight years of marriage on Monday. The couple share three children, Ernie, six, Louis, five, and four-month-old Elsie.
Split: Helen Skelton’s husband Richie Myler has reportedly already started a relationship with a younger woman – just a week after his split from the Countryfile star
Friends of Richie have reportedly said that he has seen the new woman several times recently as their friendship has grown.
A source told the publication: ‘Richie appears to have been spending a lot of his free time with this younger, successful businesswoman.
‘They are now in the early stages of a relationship. Helen has known something hasn’t been right in the marriage for a while now.
‘She was absolutely dumbstruck when it finally ended. The split has been incredibly tough on Helen.
Complicated: The Sun claims that the rugby pro for Super League team Leeds Rhinos, 31, has been spending time with a young business woman – who the publication have not named
‘She is being supported by her family and friends who are all rallying around her. Everyone is in a state of shock at their break up.’
The former Blue Peter host recently announced she and partner Richie had split and that he had ‘left the family home’, just four months after welcoming their third child, Elsie Kate.
In the statement posted to her 281k followers, she wrote: ‘Very sad to say that Richie and I are no longer a couple. He has left the family home. We will be doing our best to co parent our small children.’
Just hours after the statement on Monday, Helen was spotted out with their daughter Elsie – and without her wedding ring.
Split: Helen announced she and Richie’s split via Instagram on Monday – admitting that he has ‘left the family home’
Tense: On Friday Helen was seen on the phone as she emerged after the split
Helen’s split reveal came just hours after she shared a post about the stresses of motherhood, alluding to her personal issues.
It read: ‘A mama is always full of emotions, full of love, full of anxiety and worries, full of exhaustion and lack of energy, full of mum guilt and doubt, full of pride in her kids, full of pure joy.
‘She feels it all, that’s the beauty of her, she carries it all too, and yet she gets up every day and does it all over again.
On Wednesday an unearthed interview surfaced in which she recalled giving birth to her second son on the kitchen floor without her husband by her side.
So sad: Helen and the rugby player tied the knot in 2013. They went on to welcome three children; Ernie, six, Louis, five, and four-month-old Elsie Kate
Stepping out: Richie was seen for the first time on Friday after their marital split was announced
Speaking to The Mirror three years prior to the shock break-up, Helen told how her rugby player ex, 31, wasn’t with her as she went into labour with son Louis while living in France, explaining: ‘No one made it to me in time.’
Helen and Richie, along with their eldest child Ernie, relocated to Perpignan, France in September 2015 after the sportsman changed teams to the Catalan Dragons.
The star went into labour while Richie was away in England, with Helen left to rely on firemen who had arrived but had no experience of delivering a baby, alongside two of Richie’s teammates wives.
Detailing Louis’ 2017 birth as one of the ‘scariest’ things she’s ever endured, Helen said: ‘I was in France and my husband was in England, and no one made it to me in time.
Experience: Speaking prior to their split, Helen told how her rugby player ex wasn’t with her as she went into labour with son Louis while living in France
Out and about: On Tuesday Helen was pictured for the first time after the split was announced
‘So I gave birth with just my three-year-old next to me, repeatedly hitting me on the head with a plastic sword, because he thought we were playing dinosaurs.’
She added: ‘Terrifying. But I didn’t have a choice, I just had to get on with it.’
The couple returned home to the UK just a few months after the birth in June, when Richie signed a three-year deal with Leeds Rhinos.
The last photo of she shared with her husband was in February, with the couple looking cosy in a sweet selfie ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Helen jetted to Lanzarote’s Dorada Beach alone with her three children during last week’s Easter break, just days before announcing her marriage split.
Getting away from it all: Helen jetted to Lanzarote’s Dorada Beach alone with her three children during last week’s Easter break, just days before announcing her marriage split
The TV presenter showed off her post-baby body in a black two-piece, while noting that it’s not a holiday for her since she has three little ones to look after.
In her bikini snap caption, the former CBBC star asked fans to ‘excuse her misshapen bits’, adding that it came as a result of her babies.
Alongside the stunning poolside snap, she wrote: ‘In reality in a pool. On telly in a lambing shed. @onthefarmc5 8pm this eve (Excuse the misshapen bits that’s what babies do to you).’
She also wrote: ‘Vacay vibes …. 3 month old napping. 6 year old footballing. 5 year old needing mum. It’s a holiday.’
At the same time Helen was posting holiday snaps, Richie shared a photo of himself in a training session for Leeds Rhinos a week ago with the caption: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel.’
Busy: Meanwhile the rugby player shared a photo of himself during a training session, while sharing the caption, ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’
The rugby star was referencing his return to the pitch after weeks out of action with an injury.
Richie tore his abductor muscle in the opening minutes of his club Leeds Rhinos first game of the season against Warrington Wolves in February.
Helen appeared to be blindsided by the split as just days after the holiday photos, she confirmed the end of her eight-year marriage to Richie, revealing the news on Instagram Stories on Monday evening.
Helen and the rugby player tied the knot in December 2013 after meeting two years earlier when Richie was just 21.
They went on to welcome three children; Ernie, six, Louis, five, and four-month-old Elsie Kate and shared a home together in Leeds.
Ordeal: Helen and Richie are pictured in happier times at the British Academy Children’s Awards in 2012