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Countryfile host Helen Skelton was spotted out with no wedding ring and a top proclaiming One Love on Tuesday, just hours after announcing the collapse of her marriage to rugby star Richie Myler.
Dressed casually in jeans and a nautical striped tee-shirt emblazoned with the positive message, she was carrying her four-month-old daughter, Elsie Kate, in a baby carrier, and was on the phone with her other hand.
The Countryfile presenter, 38, appeared to be in a cheerful mood as she paused to hold a brief discussion during the appearance in Leeds, and even broke into a smile while holding her daughter’s carrier over an arm.
Helen announced her separation from sportsman Richie, 31, in a statement on Monday, confirming he had ‘left the family home’ they shared with sons Ernie, six, Louis, five, and four-month-old daughter Elsie Kate.
Stepping out: Helen Skelton was pictured for the first time without her wedding ring on Tuesday after confirming her eight-year marriage to rugby player Richie Myler is over
Missing: The ring was nowhere to be seen as he made her first appearance since confirming the split
Breaking the news of her separation on Instagram, 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.’
Richie plays as a scrum-half and fullback for Leeds Rhinos, as well as for England on an international level.
The former couple exchanged vows in December 2013 after meeting two years earlier when Richie was just 21. They went on to welcome three children and relocated to West Yorkshire after he signed for the Rhinos in 2018.
Low key: Dressed casually in jeans and a blue and white striped tee-shirt, she was carrying her four-month-old daughter, Elsie Kate, in a car seat
Devastating: Countryfile presenter Helen, 38, announced her separation from the sportsman, 31, in a statement on Monday
All over: Helen has split from her husband Richie Myler after eight years of marriage
Helen’s split reveal comes 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.’
The last photo of she shared of her husband was in February, with the couple looking cosy in a sweet selfie ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Split: Helen penned: ‘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’
Happier times: The last photo of she shared of her husband was in February, with the couple looking cosy in a sweet selfie
Captioning the image, Helen said: ‘That time I bumped Into you in the kitchen for ten minutes. #familyoffive #thejuggleisreal #weekends #thesearethedays #thesearethedays #grateful #valentines #mylove.’
It appears the split was sudden as just last week Helen added a string of heart emojis to her husband’s Instagram post, which showed their sons exploring a cave during a family day out in Yorkshire.
Just last week Helen was pictured beaming as she showed off her incredible post-baby body in a bikini while on holiday.
The former Blue Peter presenter looked sensational in the black two-piece as she clutched an inflatable shark and posed in front of a swimming pool.
Tough time: Helen’s split reveal comes just hours after she shared a post about the stresses of motherhood, alluding to her personal issues
Captioning the stunning snap, she wrote: ‘In reality in a pool. On telly in a lambing shed. @onthefarmc5 8pm this eve.’
Helen poked fun at the realities of married life in December, sharing screenshots of the couple’s WhatsApp message on her Instagram Story.
After Richie wrote instructions for the kids including ‘Bags by the door. Coats in the car. Gloves and socks on radiator. Nativity costumes in bag,’ Helen commented: ‘I mean – love you… have a good day and all that.’
On New Year’s Ever, the broadcaster revealed she and the Leeds Rhinos fullback had welcomed a daughter named Elsie to their family.
Sharing a photo of England national rugby league team player Richie leaving hospital with the newborn, Helen credited NHS staff for their incredible support and ‘legendary’ care.
Mum: Two weeks ago the star was praised for sharing a candid photo of herself giving eldest son Ernie a piggy back while carrying baby Elsie, with the caption: ‘Leeds. Life. Squad’
In her sweet announcement, Helen revealed that Richie became confused over the term doula – a form of hired support in and after birthing.
She wrote: ‘Can always count on dickie …. of all the things he’s said (there’s been a lot) ‘don’t worry I will be your lido…’ while on route to hospital might be my fave. The man meant Doula…
‘From the mouths of men. (pic from earlier this week – just haven’t posted partly because my mam likes the family what’s apps to be ahead of insta…
‘Mainly because I am still failing to find appropriate words of thanks for our @nhsengland @nhsmillion …. legends the blooming lot of them).’
The Countryfile host later revealed her baby’s middle name is a tribute to a cousin who died in her 20s.
She told Hello! Magazine that Richie was ‘buzzing’ about having a girl, while she admitted: ‘I am totally embracing the pink. With a rugby player and two feral boys, my world is testosterone-filled enough.’
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
Richie is preparing to make his return to the rugby pitch after an injury put him out of action for ten weeks.
The England international tore his abductor muscle in the opening minutes of his club Leeds Rhinos first game of the season against Warrington Wolves in February.
A week ago though he shared a photo of himself in training, writing: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’.
Before relocating to Leeds in 2018, the family lived in France for two years while Richie played for the Catalans Dragons.
‘Moving to France was not on the cards when I married Richie,’ the star told the Mail On Sunday in 2018.
Happier times: It appears the split was sudden as just last week Helen added a string of heart emojis to her husband’s Instagram post, which showed their sons exploring a cave during a family day out in Yorkshire
Long term love: Helen and Richie met in 2011 when the rugby star was just 21. They tied knot two years later in the former Blue Peter star’s childhood village, near Penrith
‘But then it’s hard to know what is on the cards when your husband plays rugby and you are a television presenter, so you have to be open to everything and just take what life throws at you.’
The couple and eldest son Eric, then just two months old, moved to Canet- Plage, near Perpignan.
The TV star admitted it was a tough adjustment as a new mum, leaving behind two sets of grandparents, her friends and her career for life in the French countryside.
‘Life was very different,’ she admitted. ‘I’d just had Ernie so I was ready to stay at home and spend time with him but it really was a bit of a culture shock.
‘The South of France sounds so cool and glamorous but we were in a pretty remote seaside town near the Spanish border. There was no wi-fi, no busy high street, barely any cafes and no friends around.
Getting away from it all: Just last week Helen was pictured beaming as she showed off her incredible post-baby body in a bikini while on holiday
‘The French partners of Richie’s team-mates were lovely but I was in a completely different situation to them – I was a working mum with a young baby.’
Helen did throw herself into her new life though, making friends with her neighbours and even relying on them, and the local fire brigade, when she gave birth to second son Louis on her kitchen floor.
Richie was back in England playing a match when Helen realised she was in labour. He called the wives of two teammates to come and help along with two French firemen.
Helen later called the experience ‘painful, mortifying – and absolutely amazing.’
Happy news: Helen confirmed the birth of her third child with rugby player husband Richie on New Year’s Eve, sharing a picture of the sportsman leaving the hospital on Instagram
Helen and Richie met in 2011 when the rugby star was just 21. They tied knot two years later in the former Blue Peter star’s childhood village, near Penrith.
In a 2018 interview with the Northern Echo she replied when asked what is the secret to a happy marriage: ‘We only married in 2013 – so ask me the secret in 10 years time.
‘Marriages and relationships are not all plain sailing, but we approach it like teamwork.
‘Rich is the best dad. He’s the ‘sugar police’ when it comes to their diet and insists on routine, whereas sometimes I’m anything for a quiet life, so we’re a good balance.’
Married life: Helen poked fun at the realities of married life in December, sharing screenshots of their WhatsApp message on her Instagram Story