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Helen Skelton hired a ‘PRIVATE EYE’ after she became suspicious about husband Richie Myler

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Helen Skelton is said to have hired a private investigator after she became suspicious about her husband Richie Myler’s behaviour.

The Countryfile presenter, 38, announced last month she had split from her rugby player partner after eight years of marriage.

The sports pro has since begun a new relationship with the daughter of the multi-millionaire President of the Leeds Rhinos club he plays for.

Undercover: Helen Skelton is said to have hired a private investigator after she became suspicious about her husband Richie Myler’s behaviour

Undercover: Helen Skelton is said to have hired a private investigator after she became suspicious about her husband Richie Myler’s behaviour

Undercover: Helen Skelton is said to have hired a private investigator after she became suspicious about her husband Richie Myler’s behaviour

A source told Mail Online how heartbroken Helen, felt ‘bewildered’ by the breakdown of her marriage to Richie, 31, whose new partner is Stephanie Thirkill, 32.   

While Richie is insisting there was no crossover and that he began the romance with Stephanie after their marriage collapsed, The Sun is reporting that Helen had suspected infidelity and got in touch with a private eye to help uncover the truth.

The outlet also revealed how she contacted Stephanie’s estranged husband, who lives in North Yorkshire, to address their relationship and the timeline surrounding it. 

Helen Skelton’s husband Richie Myler is dating Stephanie Thirkill (above), 32, the daughter of Leeds Rhinos President Andrew Thirkill, who has been in the Sunday Times Rich List 

A friend close to Helen told the publication: ‘The devastated presenter felt something was amiss in her relationship with Richie.

‘Hiring a private investigator was the last thing she wanted to do, but she felt she had no choice and needed to know the truth for the sake of her sanity and young family.

‘Emotions are running high and the most important thing to Helen is looking after her three children and making sure they’re OK during the difficult split.’

Former Blue Peter star Helen confirmed their breakup on Instagram last week, 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.’

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

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

Split: Helen announced she and Richie’s split via Instagram last month- admitting that he has ‘left the family home’

She added two broken heart emojis to the post shared last month with her 278K followers. 

Their split came just four months after the arrival of the couple’s third child, a baby daughter.

A source close to the couple said: ‘Helen is absolutely devastated. Now she is contemplating life without him while he has moved on with his new partner. 

‘Helen’s holding it together well, which is admirable given she was blindsided by his new relationship.’

Helen married Richie in December 2013, and the pair have three young children together

Helen married Richie in December 2013, and the pair have three young children together

Helen married Richie in December 2013, and the pair have three young children together

The source added: ‘Mutual friends think he’s treated her appallingly.’

The new woman in Richie’s life, Ms Thirkill is listed as a director of two companies run by her father; Age Partnership and Advise Wise which are among a group of businesses he established to help build his considerable fortune.

She previously studied Retail Marketing Management at Leeds Metropolitan University and on a day-to-day basis, works as Marketing Executive at Age Partnership.

Like her father, Ms Thirkill is an ardent Rugby League fan and has been pictured with Leeds Rhinos stars

Like her father, Ms Thirkill is an ardent Rugby League fan and has been pictured with Leeds Rhinos stars

Ms Thirkill, who studied Retail Marketing Management at Leeds Met University is a big Rugby League fan and attends Leeds Rhinos matches, where she is believed to have met Richie

Leeds Rhinos President, Andrew Thirkill, worth £175m, was on the Sunday Times Rich List

Leeds Rhinos President, Andrew Thirkill, worth £175m, was on the Sunday Times Rich List

Leeds Rhinos President, Andrew Thirkill, worth £175m, was on the Sunday Times Rich List 

In 2018, she married in a lavish ceremony at Bolton Abbey, the Yorkshire estate of the Duke of Devonshire. It is believed the couple have now separated.

Helen married Richie in December 2013, and the pair have three children together.

Until the announcement of the break-up, they appeared to the outside world to have the perfect marriage, with many expressions of their devotion on social media in recent weeks.

The couple bought a £550,000 cottage on the edge of Leeds during lockdown two years ago and have spent hundreds of thousands renovating it with a beautifully appointed kitchen and huge French windows overlooking the idyllic garden.

Helen posted this picture on Instagram of Richie carrying their newborn out of the hospital

Helen posted this picture on Instagram of Richie carrying their newborn out of the hospital

Helen posted this picture on Instagram of Richie carrying their newborn out of the hospital

Source: Daily Mail

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