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Helen Skelton returns to television for the first time since her split from husband Richie Myler


Helen Skelton returns to TV for the first time since her split from rugby star husband Richie Myler – as she hosts coverage for her ex’s old rugby league team

Helen Skelton has returned to TV to host the rugby league coverage on Channel 4 for the first time since she split from husband Richie Myler, on Saturday. 

The Countryfile presenter, 38, who announced the couple’s separation last month, has been absent from her role since the news but delighted fans as she returned.

Helen was presenting on a Hull KR V Catalan Dragons game, a team her ex rugby star beau has played for during his career.

She's back! Helen Skelton, 38, delighted fans as she returned to television for the first time since her split from her rugby star husband Richie Myler on Saturday

She’s back! Helen Skelton, 38, delighted fans as she returned to television for the first time since her split from her rugby star husband Richie Myler on Saturday

She looked as stylish as ever for her return, opting for a smart black blazer with her blonde locks flowing in loose curls. 

Fans of Helen took to Twitter to celebrate her return as the flooded the social media site with gushing comments. 

On user penned: ‘@HelenSkelton great to see you on Channel 4 Rugby League. It is very windy, your hair is lovely and you are a gorgeous lady with great integrity.’

Another added: ‘Great to see Helen Skelton is still presenting the Rugby League on Channel 4. I’m sure it can’t be easy for her given recent events but she always does a great job because she’s a top quality professional.’

Exes: The Countryfile presenter, who announced the couple's separation last month, has been absent from her role since the news but delighted fans as she returned

Exes: The Countryfile presenter, who announced the couple’s separation last month, has been absent from her role since the news but delighted fans as she returned

It was recently revealed her husband Richie has begun a new relationship with the daughter of the multi-millionaire President of the Leeds Rhinos club he plays for. 

Helen is said to feel ‘bewildered’ by the breakdown of her marriage to Richie, 31, whose new partner is Stephanie Thirkill, 32.  

A source close to the couple told MailOnline: ‘Helen is absolutely devastated. Now she is contemplating life without him while he has moved on with his new partner.’

Proud: On user penned: '@HelenSkelton great to see you on Channel 4 Rugby League. It is very windy, your hair is lovely and you are a gorgeous lady with great integrity'

Proud: On user penned: ‘@HelenSkelton great to see you on Channel 4 Rugby League. It is very windy, your hair is lovely and you are a gorgeous lady with great integrity’

‘Richie is insisting there was no crossover, that he began the romance with Stephanie after their marriage collapsed, but Helen feels let down. They are still married, and their baby is literally four months old. 

‘She thought their marriage was safe and secure and is totally shocked by what’s happened.’

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

Split: It was recently revealed her husband Richie has begun a new relationship with the daughter of the multi-millionaire President of the Leeds Rhinos club he plays for

Split: It was recently revealed her husband Richie has begun a new relationship with the daughter of the multi-millionaire President of the Leeds Rhinos club he plays for

In 2019, the lifelong Leeds Rhinos fan, who attended his first match in 1968, became President of the club.

Richie plays scrumhalf for the leading rugby league club, who he joined in 2017 and also represents England at international level.

Former Blue Peter star Helen confirmed their breakup on Instagram last week, writing: ‘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.’

Sad: Helen announced she and Richie's split via Instagram - admitting that he has 'left the family home'

Sad: Helen announced she and Richie’s split via Instagram – admitting that he has ‘left the family home’

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