She announced her split from rugby pro husband Richie Myler on Monday after eight years of marriage.

And the news comes after Helen Skelton, 38, previously revealed that she felt ‘so isolated’ and was suffering from ‘crushing loneliness’ after moving to France for her husband’s career.

In September 2015, Richie switched rugby teams to the Catalan Dragons, which meant Helen and their son moved with the sportsman to France.

Lonely: Helen Skelton previously revealed that she felt ‘isolated’ after moving to France for husband Richie Myler

But the move seemed to have a detrimental effect on the Countryfile presenter – who admitted it was a ‘tough learning curve’.

Talking to The Daily Mail’s You Magazine in 2018, Helen shared: ‘I didn’t speak the language and I felt so isolated that I used to go into the local tourist office just to talk to someone who could speak English.

‘The loneliness was crushing even though the French wives and girlfriends would invite me on their nights out, which was kind,’ she explained.

Relocation: In September 2015, Richie switched rugby teams to the Catalan Dragons, which meant Helen moved with the sportsman to France (pictured 2012)

Relocation: In September 2015, Richie switched rugby teams to the Catalan Dragons, which meant Helen moved with the sportsman to France (pictured 2012)

So sad: She announced her split from rugby pro husband Richie Myler on Monday after eight years of marriage

So sad: She announced her split from rugby pro husband Richie Myler on Monday after eight years of marriage

Admitting that she would try her best to blend in with the locals, the presenter continued: ‘I would try to keep up by laughing and nodding – then somebody would ask if I understood and I would say no. They thought I was bonkers.’

During the family’s time in France, Helen gave birth to her second son Louis in April 2017 – on the floor of their kitchen.

With Richie in England at the time, the presenter was left to rely on firemen who had arrived but had no experience of delivering a baby, alongside two of Richie’s teammates wives.

Sportsman: The pair moved for Richie's career - when he switched rugby teams to the Catalan Dragons (picture in 2017 during his run with the Catalan Dragons

Sportsman: The pair moved for Richie’s career – when he switched rugby teams to the Catalan Dragons (picture in 2017 during his run with the Catalan Dragons

Mum: During the family's time in France, Helen gave birth to her second son Louis in April 2017 - on the floor of their kitchen - pictured with her three children earlier this year

Mum: During the family’s time in France, Helen gave birth to her second son Louis in April 2017 – on the floor of their kitchen – pictured with her three children earlier this year

She told the Mirror: ‘I was in France and my husband was in England, and no one made it to me in time’

‘So I gave birth with just my three-year-old next to me, repeatedly hitting me on the head with a plastic sword, because he thought we were playing dinosaurs. Terrifying. But I didn’t have a choice, I just had to get on with it.’

The couple returned home to the UK just a few months after the birth in June, when Richie signed a three-year deal with Leeds Rhinos.

Split: Helen announced she and Richie's split via Instagram on Monday - admitting that he has 'left the family home'

Split: Helen announced she and Richie’s split via Instagram on Monday – admitting that he has ‘left the family home’

Missing: Just hours after the statement on Monday, Helen was spotted out with her daughter Elsie - without her wedding ring

There it is: Helen's wedding and engagement rings were visible during her appearance at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October 2019

Missing: Just hours after the statement on Monday, Helen was spotted out with her daughter Elsie – without her wedding ring

Helen announced she and Richie’s split via Instagram on Monday, just four months after welcoming their third child, Elsie Kate.

In the statement posted to her 281k followers, the TV personality said that her husband had ‘left the family home’.

She wrote: ‘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.’

 

Happy news: The split comes just  four months after welcoming their third child, Elsie Kate - sharing the joyous news to Instagram on New Year's Eve

Happy news: The split comes just  four months after welcoming their third child, Elsie Kate – sharing the joyous news to Instagram on New Year’s Eve

Just hours after the statement on Monday, Helen was spotted out with her daughter Elsie – without her wedding ring.

Helen and the rugby player tied the knot in December 2013 after meeting two years earlier. 

They went on to welcome three children; Ernie, six, Louis, five, and four-month-old Elsie – residing in Leeds.

The last photo of she shared with her husband was in February, with the couple looking cosy in a sweet selfie ahead of Valentine’s Day. 

Happier times: The last photo of she shared of her husband was in February, with the couple looking cosy in a sweet selfie

Happier times: The last photo of she shared of her husband was in February, with the couple looking cosy in a sweet selfie



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