Helen Skelton was pictured breaking down as it was revealed her ex-husband Richie Myler is having a baby with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill.
The news comes just six months after Helen, 39, announced Richie, 32, with whom she shares three children, had left the family home and six months after they welcomed their third child.
Helen, who is currently appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, was reportedly told of the baby news before Stephanie, 32, announced it on social media.
Painful: Strictly’s Helen Skelton broke down as she was seen for the first time since it was revealed ex Richie Myler is having a baby with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill
Baby on the way! Helen’s estranged husband Richie, pictured second from left, is expecting a child with his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, centre
She was seen wiping her eyes while grabbing a coffee ahead of going to rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing with her pro partner Gorka Marquez.
Former Blue Peter presenter Helen and Richie are said to be maintaining ‘cordial relations’ for the sake of their children.
Richie ended his eight-year marriage to Helen back in April, just four months after Helen gave birth to their third child, and quickly moved on with Stephanie.
Heads up! Helen was reportedly told of the news before Stephanie, 32, announced it on social media – she has three children with Richie and gave birth to their third child in April
Staying strong: While the former couple are said to be maintaining ‘cordial relations’, no doubt the news had been tough to hear
A source told The Sun that Stephanie and Richie are ‘thrilled’ to be expecting their first child, just six months after their relationship came to light.
They added: ‘Stephanie and Richie are obviously thrilled. They have moved very quickly but are extremely happy together.
‘The timing of the pregnancy may raise a few eyebrows though. It is obviously such a huge step, and one made remarkably quickly off the back of Helen and Richie’s eight-year marriage ending.
Over: The presenter split from the rugby star, pictured together, in April, just four months after she gave birth to their third child, and he quickly moved on with Stephanie, 32
Burden: Helen has a lot to deal with, along with balancing motherhood and her Strictly career
‘But Richie and Helen maintain cordial relations, and in a way the timing is actually perfect as Helen is so happy at the moment.’
The source added that Helen is ‘far too busy’ focusing on her training and rehearsals for Strictly.
It’s thought that Stephanie is already displaying a noticeable bump on social media.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Helen and Richie for comment.
Family: The news came as Helen posted a sweet picture with her three kids watching TV together on Wednesday night as she ignored the latest drama with her ex
The news came as Helen posted a sweet picture with her three kids watching TV together on Wednesday night as she ignored the latest drama with her ex.
Stephanie is the daughter of Leeds Rhinos president Andrew Thirkill, who is one of the richest businessmen in Leeds and is worth an estimated £175million.
Richie has two young sons Ernie, seven, Louis, five, and daughter Elsie Kate, nine months, with his estranged wife Helen.
Surprise! Helen reportedly learned of the news before Stephanie announced it on social media, and Richie is maintaining ‘cordial relations’ with his estranged wife. Pictured: Ritchie and Stephanie attend Wimbledon this year
Last month Stephanie shared a gushing tribute to Richie on her Instagram stories, which he then reposted.
She wrote: ‘Wasn’t a win but couldn’t be more proud of this one. Grand Final at Old Trafford and a great game for you. Love you so much @richiemyler,’ to which he added: ‘Love you.’
Posting a picture of himself and Stephanie with her family to his Instagram Stories, Richie also gushed wrote: ‘Finished this season as a family,’ and drew a heart.
Richie made his relationship with Stephanie Instagram official when they attended Wimbledon together in July.
His relationship with Stephanie came to light in May, days after it was announced that his eight-year marriage to Helen was over.
Helen was said to feel ‘bewildered’ 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 has moved on with his new partner.’
‘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 months old.
Focused: Helen, seen taking part in last week’s Strictly Come Dancing, is ‘far too busy’ training
‘She thought their marriage was safe and secure and is totally shocked by what’s happened.’
Former Blue Peter star Helen confirmed their breakup on Instagram, 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.’
Meanwhile Strictly viewers have been urging Helen to ‘make her ex-husband jealous’ after her first three weeks of sizzling dance routines on the hit show.
One person said: ‘I really want Helen Skelton to enjoy this & smash the hell out of it! She deserves it #Strictly. Mainly for her… but also a MASSIVE [middle finger emoji] to her vile cheating lying ex husband.’
New love: Stephanie shares a gushing tribute to Richie on her Instagram stories last month, which he then reposted
It seems Helen has come out on top in the end, after receiving a wealth of support online following her first three appearances on the show.
A TV insider said: ‘It would be virtually impossible for Helen not to have notice the huge wave of support she’s received from people online.
‘They are enjoying her showing her ex what he’s missing and encouraging her to go all the way in the ultimate act of revenge.
‘It will come as a huge boost to her in a year which must have felt to her like she was trapped in the plot of a movie herself.’
A source close to Miss Skelton told the Daily Mail when she was first linked to Strictly that it was ‘quite the opposite of the Strictly curse. Helen has already lost the love of her life, now she wants to find a new one’.
‘She cannot wait to get stuck into it all, she has been through the most difficult of times, so this is going to open so many doors for her.
‘She is going to make the best of this, and enjoy it.’
Moves: Helen and her partner Gorka Marquez take part in the show. Strictly viewers have been urging Helen to ‘make her ex-husband jealous’ after her first three weeks of sizzling routines