Helen Skelton has broken her silence on her split from ex-husband Richie Myler, 18 months after she announced they'd separated.
The TV presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing star, 40, has remained tight-lipped about her split from Leeds Rhinos ace Richie, 33, up until now, but in her new autobiography, In My Stride, she finally addresses the breakdown of her marriage, revealing it came as a "shock" and she didn't see it coming.
Richie and Helen split in 2022 after eight years of marriage, with Richie quickly moving on with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, who he's since welcomed a child with.
Writing about the split, the mum-of-three, who shares sons Ernie, eight, Louis, six, and daughter Elise, one, with her ex-husband, pens: "I was in shock. I know that following break-ups, people often say they didn’t see it coming and it sounds like a cliche, but that was me.”
She goes on to say that she fears she missed "signs" that her marriage wasn't working – or may have simply "ignored" them – as she was "consumed" by her work, children and house project, The Sun reports.
Heartbreakingly, Helen reveals that she was so upset by her split from Richie that she struggled to tell her parents, initially keeping a secret from them as she didn't want to "inflict" pain on them.
However, Helen's dad soon noticed his daughter was spending an increasing amount of time alone in her marital home with her children, sparking concern. He then made a surprise visit to see her, and she eventually admitted she'd separated from her husband.
"He immediately stepped in, knowing I needed him, even though I didn’t want to admit it," Helen pens in her book.
Despite her heartbreak, Helen isn't looking for a new partner anytime soon as she wants to focus on her career and children going forward. She writes: “I want to enjoy this time of focusing on my kids and my career. I don’t need to try to find energy I don’t have for a new relationship.”
In April 2022, Helen announced her split from Richie on Instagram with a statement that read: "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."
While he moved on with a new partner, Helen went on to take part in Strictly Come Dancing and come in second place, winning the hearts of the judges and viewers.
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