Helen Skelton splits from husband four months after birth of third child

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Helen Skelton has announced she has split from her husband. (Getty Images)

TV presenter Helen Skelton has announced that she has split from her husband.

The star of Countryfile and Blue Peter — who gave birth to their third child just four months ago — has been married to English rugby league player Richie Myler for eight years.

Skelton, 38, wrote on her Instagram stories late on Monday evening: "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."

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The TV presenter and Myler became engaged in March 2012 and married in December 2013.

TV presenter Helen Skelton and rugby player Richie Myler married in 2013 and have three children. (PA)
TV presenter Helen Skelton and rugby player Richie Myler married in 2013 and have three children. (PA)

They are parents to sons Ernie, six, Louis, five, and four-month-old daughter Elsie Kate.

Just a few hours before she announced the split Skelton shared a quote on Instagram which read: "A mama is always full of emotions full of love. Full of anxiety and worries. Full of exhaustion and lack of energy. Full of mum guilt and doubt. Full of pride in her kids. Full of pure joy.

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Helen Skelton announced her marriage split on Instagram. (Helen Skelton/Instagram)
Helen Skelton announced her marriage split on Instagram. (Helen Skelton/Instagram)

"She feels it all, that's the beauty of her, she carries it all, too,

"And yet she gets up everyday and does it all over again."

Speaking to Hello! magazine in January this year, Skelton said of welcoming her first daughter: "We just wanted more children and we wanted the surprise.

Helen Skelton presenting 'This Week On The Farm'.
Helen Skelton has three children with rugby player Richie Myler. (This Week On The Farm/Channel 5)

"I was convinced I was having a girl. Now I am totally embracing the pink. With a rugby player and two feral boys, my world is testosterone-filled enough."

She added of Myler: "He is buzzing. All his mates have said to him how daughters are always daddy’s little girls."

Skelton, who grew up on a farm in Cumbria, began her career as an actress and had a supporting role in Coronation Street as a teenager.

Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton speaking on the opening day of BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace near Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
Helen Skelton is known for her work on BBC's Countryfile. (Getty Images)

She began her TV presenting career on BBC children's news show Newsround in 2007 and joined Blue Peter in 2008.

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She has presented on ITV's Loose Women and is a regular contributor to BBC's Countryfile.

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