Tuesday 16 August 2022 01:16 AM Helen Skelton follows pro dancer as she signs up for Strictly Come Dancing trends now

Tuesday 16 August 2022 01:16 AM Helen Skelton follows pro dancer as she signs up for Strictly Come Dancing trends now
Tuesday 16 August 2022 01:16 AM Helen Skelton follows pro dancer as she signs up for Strictly Come Dancing trends now

Tuesday 16 August 2022 01:16 AM Helen Skelton follows pro dancer as she signs up for Strictly Come Dancing trends now

Helen Skelton signed up for Strictly Come Dancing after her estranged husband Richie Myler shared a loved-up snap with his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill.

The Countryfile presenter, 39, revealed on her first BBC Radio 5 show since the announcement: 'The thing that makes me nervous... I agreed to it a few days ago and people keep saying, 'Can you dance?' and I say no because isn't it the point to learn to dance?'

Helen announced her split from The rugby star, 32, in April - four months after they welcomed their third child together.

Strictly: Helen Skelton signed up for Strictly Come Dancing after her estranged husband Richie Myler shared a loved-up snap with his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill

Strictly: Helen Skelton signed up for Strictly Come Dancing after her estranged husband Richie Myler shared a loved-up snap with his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill

And after keeping his new romance relatively low-key in the weeks that followed, Richie went Instagram official with his new love Stephanie, 32, earlier this month as they enjoyed a romantic mini-break in Cornwall.

A source told The Mirror that signing up for Strictly would give her a lift, adding: “The breakdown of any marriage is tough to cope with, and Helen has understandably found it difficult. Being on Strictly will ­undoubtedly restore her confidence.”

Speaking about the glamorous side of Strictly, Helen said: 'Most mums go to work and any mum who gets the chance to gets to go to work have their makeup done, their tea made and learn something fun... I thought that's a gift isn't it?'

New couple: After keeping his new romance relatively low-key in the weeks that followed, Richie went Instagram official with his new love Stephanie, 32, earlier this month as they enjoyed a romantic mini-break in Cornwall

New couple: After keeping his new romance relatively low-key in the weeks that followed, Richie went Instagram official with his new love Stephanie, 32, earlier this month as they enjoyed a romantic mini-break in Cornwall

It comes after Helen followed professional dancer Neil Jones over the weekend and the feeling was mutual as he was quick to return the favour.

Neil has previously danced with Alex Scott and Nina Wadia - while he could potentially be paired with Helen, however the launch show has not yet been filmed.

When the news was first announced, Helen said: 'I'm really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can't wait for me to get started.' 

Co-star: Helen followed professional dancer Neil Jones over the weekend and the feeling was mutual as he was quick to return the favour

Co-star: Helen followed professional dancer Neil Jones over the weekend and the feeling was mutual as he was quick to return the favour

Helen was left devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler, 32, ended their eight-year marriage and struck up a relationship with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, 32. 

Rugby star Richie announced his split from the TV presenter, in April - four months after they welcomed their third child together - and his relationship with Stephanie came to light just days later.

Stephanie is the daughter of Andrew Thirkill, who is one of the richest businessmen in Leeds and is worth an estimated £175 million. 

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.' 

The former couple are parents to two young sons Ernie, six, Louis, five, and daughter Elsie Kate, seven months. 

Ex: The rugby star, 32, announced his split from wife Helen Skelton, 39, in April - four months after they welcomed their third child together (pictured in February)

Ex: The rugby star, 32, announced his split from wife Helen Skelton, 39, in April - four months after they welcomed their third child together (pictured in February)

The mother-of-three started her TV career in children's television, presenting Newsround and Blue Peter on the BBC. 

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