Helen Skelton spoke about the challenges she faces as a single mom just three hours before announcing the arrival of ex-husband Richie Miller.
The presenter, 39, was headlining the Kinder Masters of Play festival, which holds workshops for parents and children over the Easter break at KidZania, on Sunday.
She said: “Being a mother of three, I know how hard it can be to keep your kids entertained, especially during the school holidays.
But what I tell myself is that we all do our best! I’m lucky my kids play so well together, but it can be overwhelming work.
But just the next day, Richie’s rugby player coach Rohan Smith confirmed that the Leeds Rhinos star, 32, had welcomed the couple’s first child with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkell.
The struggle: Helen Skelton spoke about the challenges of being a single mother before announcing the arrival of ex-husband Richie Mailer.
Parents: But just the next day, Richie’s rugby player coach Rohan Smith confirmed that the Leeds Rhinos star, 32, had welcomed the couple’s first child with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkell.
It comes just 14 months after Richie’s split from Strictly Helen co-star. Helen announced their separation 11 months ago.
“Richie has been in the hospital for some time with the birth of his new baby boy, so we’ve given him some time to settle in at home,” said Rohan.
Helen took to Instagram in April 2022 to reveal she was married to Richie just four months after giving birth to their youngest child, a daughter named Elsie.
Six months later, it turned out that Richie and Stephanie were expecting their first child together, with Richie cuddling his girlfriend’s bump in a hilarious black and white photo.
Rugby star Richie, 32, shares three children with the 39-year-old presenter – Ernie, Louis and Elsie Kate – whom they married in 2013.
The news comes just weeks after Helen took to social media to share an International Women’s Day post with her 14-month-old daughter, Elsie Kate.
She seemed to be making a meaningful statement while sharing her hopes that the youngster would act “with integrity” and “live up to other women.”
Helen penned it: “Proscratinated A LOT about what needs to be said/posted…. It’s not my place to tell anyone what kind of woman it is… But I hope my little lady can turn into a woman who lifts up other women. Grateful for the good girls and men who let them shine in my life.” #goodmorning #goodday #goodmorning
It’s over: Helen, 39, took to Instagram in April 2022 to reveal she was married to Richie just four months after giving birth to their youngest child, a daughter named Elsie
Happier times: Rugby star Richie shares three children with the broadcaster – Ernie, Louis and Elsie Kate – who married in 2013
Single mom: The outing comes after Helen shared a candid post about the realities of being a single mom over the weekend as she celebrated Mother’s Day
While she also took to her “stories” to commend the little one for her “courage” earlier in the day.
“On International Women’s Day, it feels right to acknowledge the very brave 1-year-old (14-month-old) who joins the big kids in the circus…a little lady who can’t wait to see you take on the world.
“Here are the girls who are blessed and the big brothers who stand by.”
Only days have come after Richie He posted a celebratory post of his own with his then-pregnant girlfriend.
Meanwhile, Helen looked effortlessly chic as she left Headingley Stadium in Leeds on Saturday as she hosted a local rugby match for Channel 4.
The TV personality appeared to be in good spirits when she played Leeds Rhino at home – the same team her ex-husband Richie plays for.
The Countryfile presenter also posed with co-presenter Adam Hill and was caught chatting to some rugby fans.
Richie’s pregnant girlfriend Stephanie is also present.
‘I hope my little lady can become one that will lift other women up’: Helen recently shared a very directed post about ‘acting with integrity’ on International Women’s Day
The outing comes after Helen shared a candid post about the realities of being a single mom over the weekend while celebrating Mother’s Day.
The Strictly Come Dancing star shared an adorable post with her brood and mom while celebrating the day.
But also staying true to the matter, she posted a photo of her youngest son, Louis, crouching in a ball on the floor and crying as she wrote that this is “the reality.”
Helen joked that she was “ruining” his life, revealing that the breakdown was along the way she tied his shoelaces.
Helen posted a monochrome family photo to her 468k followers, writing: ‘Happy Mother’s Day. No words needed. ❤️’.
But at the same time, she decided to give a glimpse into everyday life as a mother of three through her stories.
She shared a photo of little Louis squatting at a ball, and wrote: “Reality…..when you’re ‘ruining their lives’ because of the way they tie you with lace.
“Every bit of adventure we call parenting,” she jokes.
Helen has been struggling with work and being a mother since the breakdown of her eight-year marriage to ex-Ritchie in 2022, just months after the birth of their daughter, Elsie.
While her ex-husband has welcomed another child, it looks like Helen might be moving on too — after reports circulated this week that she’s been “going on casual dates” with strictly professional Vito Coppola.
New romance? Helen could step up too – after reports circulated this week that she’s been ‘going on casual dates’ with stern pro Vito Coppola (pictured)
Parents: Richie and Stephanie love to post pictures together on social media
According to reports, the couple “hooked up” while traveling on the intercity tour bus.
A source told Mirror: Helen and Vito were best friends during Strictly, but really bonded on the tour.
There were two buses for the actors – the party bus and the quiet bus.
They spent a lot of time chatting in the quiet bus and getting to know each other. They have a lot in common — a love of the outdoors, for example.
In between shows, they also spent one-on-one time together, like having coffee, just the two of them.
Then, if the whole group goes to dinner, they’ll sit together, deep in conversation.
The source added that Helen is keen to get away from Vito if people pull out their phones because she doesn’t want to appear in the background near the dancer if a photo or video is taken.
Meanwhile, Richie admitted his girlfriend’s pregnancy for the first time on social media with the new post this week, which simply captions a heart emoji.
A source said in the fall of 2022 the sun Stephanie and Richie are thrilled that they are expecting their first child, just six months after their relationship came to light.
Stephanie is the daughter of Leeds Rhinos chairman Andrew Thirkell, who is one of the richest businessmen in Leeds with a net worth of £175 million.
His affair with Stephanie came to light in May, days after he announced that his eight-year marriage to Helen was over.
Helen was said to be “baffled” by the breakdown of her marriage, with a source close to the couple telling MailOnline: “Helen is absolutely devastated”.
They continued, “Now she is contemplating life without him while he moves on with his new partner.”
Helen gets frustrated. They are still married, and their baby is months old.
“She believed their marriage was safe and secure and she is completely shocked by what happened.”