Helen Skelton shares snaps of kids while her ex displays new family

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Helen Skelton’s rugby ace ex Richie Myler shared a loved-up photo of himself with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, 32, and her parents, declaring that they’d ended the rugby season as a “family”. At around the same time, Helen used Instagram to show off two of her three children cuddling up together and described them as “besties” in a broadcast to her 337,000 followers.

The Countryfile presenter, who wowed the judges on Strictly last weekend, was in a buoyant mood in spite of her heartbreak earlier in the year.

The couple called it quits on their eight year marriage just four months after she gave birth to their third child.

However, she posted footage on Instagram yesterday claiming that she was “grateful” about life as she praised her seasoned dance partner, Gorka Marquez.

“Credit where it’s due … this one @gorka_marquez deserves kudos for not only getting me around the dance floor ….but on it in the first place,” Helen exclaimed enthusiastically, adding: “Grateful Mr M!”

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“You’re a master at your craft and a belter of a pal,” she praised the pro ballroom dancer.

“To all the families holding down the fort behind the scenes…. We are grateful.”

Then she joked: “Pretty sure I will owe my parents Christmas in the Caribbean by time this is over!”

Meanwhile, Richie was celebrating his new relationship on his own account, writing: “Finished this season as a family!” together with a love heart emoji.

Last week, Helen was looking in tip-top shape on the dance floor despite having very recently given birth to daughter Elsie Kate.

She also shares two sons with Richie – six-year-old Ernie and four-year-old Louis.

A string of celebrity names replied to her Instagram post to praise her after she shared a photo of herself and Gorka from their public dance floor debut.

Fellow TV fave Matt Baker replied encouragingly: “Go Helen!”, while Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha praised: “You were sensational!”

Lisa Snowdon exclaimed that the star was “beautiful” in her baby blue Cinderella style gown, while songstress Una Healey described her as “incredible”.

Meanwhile, Gorka delivered a personal reply, exclaiming: “It’s all down to you and your hard work! So proud.”

Back in April, she had announced to her followers that she was “very sad” about parting from her ex and no longer being a couple.

“He has left the family home,” she admitted before adding: “We will be doing our best to co-parent our small children.”

However, with the praise stacking up, Helen appears to be moving on after her split as Richie is doing.

She told the world on Instagram that she was “grateful I get to do this with pals” as she posted photos of herself with fellow star Fleur East.

Helen added that she was “hypnotised” by her pal’s hips “on a dance floor”.

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