Helen Skelton has admitted that she felt unappreciated by her ex Richie Myler, because the couple “kept out of the way.”
In an interview last year before their split, the Strictly star, 39, hinted at turmoil between the pair as she admitted they didn’t go on dates and struggled to find time to spend together because they were busy dating. raising their children.
Meanwhile, Helen – who has moved back in with her parents on their farm in Cumbria – admitted in a recent conversation that her ex’s career as a rugby star meant they were constantly on the move, preventing her from making friends with new people.
Case of the ex: Helen Skelton has admitted that she felt ‘unvalued’ by her ex Richie Myler, with the couple ‘staying away from each other’ (pictured together in 2012)
Helen and Richie, 32, split in April after eight years of marriage, just four months after she gave birth to their third child, and Richie quickly moved on with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, also 32.
Dug up in an interview by the mirror, Helen was asked if she was going on a date with Richie, to which she replied: “No… we’re not in the house together – we stay away from each other.”
She added that she felt unappreciated by her husband because he didn’t realize how much work it took to raise their children, Ernie, seven, Louis, five.
Speaking: Helen – who has moved back in with her parents on their farm in Cumbria – also admitted her ex’s career as a rugby star kept her from making friends
Helen explained: “You appreciate the other in this situation. I don’t think he’ll ever say, “What do you do with the kids all day?” Sometimes I would come in from work and he would be that husband who would look into the kitchen and say, “How is this still a mess when she’s been off all day?”.
“Now that he’s done it, he says, ‘How does she stay healthy?’.”
She added that the couple also struggled to spend quality time together as the kids would stay with them late into the evening.
Helen said, “If we’re on the couch before 10pm, we’re happy. My children… are terrible sleepers.’
New couple: Helen and Richie, 32, split in April after eight years of marriage and Richie moved on quickly with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, also 32 (pictured together)
In a new interview, Helen also confessed that she struggled to make friends while married to Richie, as his career as a rugby player meant the family was constantly on the move.
Since the split, she has returned to her childhood home with her parents and told… The Telegraph: ‘I don’t think you realize who your friends are and how much family you have – and I didn’t know…
“My social circles have always been very volatile as we moved for rugby. People are there for a few years and then they are gone.’
Helen is now happily single as Richie’s relationship with Stephanie came to light in May, days after it was announced that his eight-year marriage to Helen was over.
Confused: Helen is said to feel ‘stunned’ by the breakdown of her marriage, and a source close to the couple told MailOnline: ‘Helen is absolutely devastated’
Helen is said to feel “stunned” by the breakdown of her marriage, and a source close to the couple told MailOnline: “Helen is devastated.”
They continued, “Now she is contemplating life without him as he has moved on with his new partner.”
Last week it was revealed that Richie is expecting a baby with his new girlfriend, and on Saturday night Strictly, Helen looked tearful as her dance partner Gorka Marquez spoke live on the show about her “difficult time.”
The TV host, 39, performed the Paso Doble this weekend and Gorka, 32, tried to boost Helen’s confidence by telling her to “please believe in you” after she appeared to hint at her personal problems.
After their dance, Gorka said, “I know you’ve had a rough time and I know you may not feel like you’re beautiful or good enough or whatever, but if you don’t believe in yourself, I believe in you.” you. .’
“Everyone here believes in you, your family believes in you.
“It doesn’t matter how many times I say it or the judges say it, or someone says it, only you are the one who can make the change and the one who has to believe in you because you are an amazing woman, very inspiring, an amazing mother and a great dancer, so please believe in you.’
Helen looked uneasy as Gorka gave his heartfelt speech before ducking behind him to hide her face.
Richie and Helen maintain “warm relationships” and Helen was reportedly made aware of the news before Stephanie announced it publicly on social media.
Support: On Saturday night Strictly, Helen looked tearful as her dance partner Gorka Marquez spoke live on the show about her ‘difficult time’
A source told The sun that Stephanie and Richie are “excited” to expect their first child just six months after their relationship came to light.
They added: “Stephanie and Richie are clearly excited. They moved very quickly but are very happy together.
However, the timing of pregnancy may raise eyebrows. It’s clearly such a huge step, and one that was made remarkably quickly with the end of Helen and Richie’s eight-year marriage.
“But Richie and Helen are very close, and in a way the timing is actually perfect as Helen is so happy right now.”
The source added that Helen is “way too busy” to focus on her training and rehearsals for Strictly.
Born to perform: Helen looked stunning in a bright red skirt as she danced with Gorka on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday