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Helen Skelton appears in high spirits as she steps out in a low-key ensemble for her radio show

Helen Skelton appeared high-spirited on Sunday as she beamed while heading out of her Radio Five Live show.

The presenter, 39, kept her look low-key with a grey T-shirt, which she tucked into a pair of leather bottoms for the outing.

It comes less than 24 hours after her estranged husband Richie Myler gushed over his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, just after Helen took part in the first Strictly Come Dancing live show.

Beaming: Helen Skelton, 39, appeared in high spirits on Sunday as she stepped out for her Five Live radio show in London

The T-shirt, which retails for £50 from brand Boda Skins, featured a lighter design – as she paired it with the cuffed leg leather trousers.

Keeping comfortable, Helen paired the look with dusty pink Nike trainers – clutching onto a thick cream cardigan.  

The new Strictly star was laden with bags as she pulled along a khaki suitcase and a black backpack – as her complexion appeared natural.

She donned a grey T-shirt, which retails for £50 from brand Boda Skins, featured a lighter design - as she paired it with the cuffed leg leather trousers

She donned a grey T-shirt, which retails for £50 from brand Boda Skins, featured a lighter design – as she paired it with the cuffed leg leather trousers

Luggage: The new Strictly star was laden with bags as she pulled along a khaki suitcase and a black backpack - as her complexion appeared natural

Luggage: The new Strictly star was laden with bags as she pulled along a khaki suitcase and a black backpack – as her complexion appeared natural

Helen’s usually golden locks were coloured in an ashy light brown, with a bright money piece framing her face.

The star has recently taken over the Five Live slot from Laura Whitmore, after the Love Island host stepped down from her show.

On Saturday evening, Strictly Come Dancing  kicked off its first live show in style, with Helen and her professional partner Gorka Marquez scoring 26 points. 

Cooler toned: Helen's usually golden locks were coloured in an ashy light brown, with a bright money piece framing her face

Cooler toned: Helen’s usually golden locks were coloured in an ashy light brown, with a bright money piece framing her face

And as the BBC programme ended, the Countryfile presenter’s estranged husband Richie Myler broke his silence after her Strictly debut – branding his girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill ‘family’ in a gushing post on Instagram. 

The rugby player, 32, ended his eight year marriage to Helen back in April, just four months after she gave birth to their third child, and quickly moved on with Stephanie, 32. 

Stephanie is the daughter of Leeds Rhinos president Andrew Thirkill, who is one of the richest businessmen in Leeds and is worth an estimated £175 million. 

Debut: Strictly Come Dancing 2022 kicked off its first live show in style on Saturday, with Helen  and her professional partner Gorka Marquez scoring 26 points

Debut: Strictly Come Dancing 2022 kicked off its first live show in style on Saturday, with Helen  and her professional partner Gorka Marquez scoring 26 points 

Richie first re-posted a selfie taken by Stephanie, taken pitch-side after his final Leeds Rhinos game of the rugby league season. 

She had penned: ‘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. 

The rugby player shares two young sons Ernie, six, Louis, five, and daughter Elsie Kate, eight months, with his estranged wife Helen. 

Family: 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

Family: 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

Loved-up: Richie also re-posted a selfie taken by Stephanie, taken pitch-side after his final rugby game of the season

Loved-up: Richie also re-posted a selfie taken by Stephanie, taken pitch-side after his final rugby game of the season

Richie made his relationship with Stephanie Instagram official when they attended Wimbledon together. 

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.’

New focus: Helen is currently taking on a new challenge as she competes in Strictly

New focus: Helen is currently taking on a new challenge as she competes in Strictly

Emotional: Helen and Richie's break up came just four months after the arrival of the couple's third child Elsie (pictured in May)

Emotional: Helen and Richie’s break up came just four months after the arrival of the couple’s third child Elsie (pictured in May)

‘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 four months old.

‘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.’ 

Making it official: Richie made his relationship with Stephanie Instagram official when they attended Wimbledon together

Making it official: Richie made his relationship with Stephanie Instagram official when they attended Wimbledon together

For her Strictly debut on Saturday, Helen took to the floor with Gorka Marquez to perform a American Smooth to You Send Me by Aretha Franklin.

And despite her protests that she lacked elegance, Craig was quick to reassure her, telling her: ‘ Love the energy and you do have elegance, darling.’ 

While Anton gushed: ‘Brilliant line, when you do lines it’s gorgeous. Own it! Own the dance, Just believe in yourself a little bit more because when you do, it’s brilliant.’

Shirley also praised the presenter, explaining: ‘You weren’t too fast, you weren’t too slow. The beginning was divine, the arms were love. Well done.’ 

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Who are the couples?

HELEN SKELTON AND GORKA MARQUEZ 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Celebrity’s age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

ELLIE SIMMONDS AND NIKITA KUZMIN 

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Celebrity’s age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

ELLIE TAYLOR AND JOHANNES RADEBE 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

FLEUR EAST AND VITO COPPOLA 

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Celebrity’s age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says:  ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

JAMES BYE AND AMY DOWDEN 

James Bye and Amy Dowden

James Bye and Amy Dowden

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’

JAYDE ADAMS AND KAREN HAUER 

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Celebrity’s age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

TYLER WEST AND DIANNE BUSWELL 

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Celebrity’s age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

HAMZA YASSIN AND JOWITA PRZYSTAL 

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Celebrity’s age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

RICHIE ANDERSON AND GIOVANNI PERNICE 

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Celebrity’s age: 34

Profession: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

KYM MARSH AND GRAZIANO DI PRIMA 

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

MATT GOSS AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA 

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Celebrity’s age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

MOLLY RAINFORD AND CARLOS GU 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

WILL MELLOR AND NANCY XU 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

TONY ADAMS AND KATYA JONES 

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Celebrity’s age: 55

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

KAYE ADAMS AND KAI WIDDRINGTON 

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Celebrity’s age: 59 

Profession: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

 

 

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