Helen Skelton cuts ties with estranged husband Richie Myler on Instagram

Helen Skelton and Richie Myler had been married for nine years before announcing their split
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The Countryfile presenter looked stunning at a public event earlier this week
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The social media split comes after the mum-of-three was pictured looking super chic and glamourous earlier this week, as she made her first public appearance since announcing that Richie Myler had left the family home.

Helen showed no signs of any heartbreak on Thursday night, as she beamed in a cream dress and smiled next to TV presenter Ayo Akinwolere.

The presenter's night on the town came after reports soon-to-be ex-husband Richie met new beau Stephanie Thirkill, 32, for the first time when his wife was six months pregnant.

The presenter with Dan Walker at the Sports Industry Awards earlier this week
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The star is said to be worried mutual pals knew about her ex's new romance
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According to The Sun, Richie and Stephanie – who is the daughter of the multi-millionaire president of his club Leeds Rhinos – reportedly met each other during a rugby dinner in Autumn last year. Helen was in the third trimester of her pregnancy.

Mirror have previously contacted representatives for comment.

Helen first announced her split from Richie via a short social media post in April.

Her emotional Instagram post read: "Very sad to say that Richie and I are no longer a couple. He has left the family home.

Helen and Richie tied the knot in 2013

"We will be doing our best to co parent our small children."

Alongside their newborn daughter Elsie Kate, the former couple also share sons, Ernie, six, and Louis, four.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Helen fears some of her close friends may have known about Richie and Stephanie's relationship before she found out.

According to new! magazine, has reportedly been "feeling low" and worried their mutual pals failed to warn her about the sports stars new partner.

Richie has yet to speak publicly about his reasons for leaving or new relationship
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"Helen feels betrayed that some of their friends possibly already knew [Richie and his girlfriend] were together before she did, and they didn't let her know," a source claiming to be close to the star alleged to the publication.

"It could have been that her pals felt they were in a difficult position, as Helen has just had her new baby and it was a hard time, but it has made her feel low."

Richie is yet to publicly comment on the split or his current relationship status.

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