Helen Skelton looks chic on first public outing after split from husband Richie Myler

Helen Skelton cut a chic figure as she stepped out to the Sports Industry Awards at Evolution London.

The Countryfile presenter, 38, was seen publicly for the first time since announcing last month that she’d split from her rugby player partner Richie Myler after eight years of marriage. He is now dating the daughter of his rugby team’s president. 

Broadcaster Helen wore a stylish cream dress with ruffled detail to the front with the garment finishing just above her ankles.

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In style: Helen Skelton, 38, looked chic in a cream dress at the Sports Industry Awards at Evolution London, her first public outing since splitting from ex Richie Myler

She wore a pair of black heels with see-through panels to add a few inches to her stature.

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The screen star carried a black bag to match her shoes with its chunky gold chain matching her statement necklace.

Helen was seen posing on the red carpet with Sky Sports News presenter Bela Shah who looked glamorous in a pink dress.

Glamour puss: Broadcaster Helen wore a stylish cream dress with ruffled detail to the front while she carried a black handbag with a chunky chain to match her necklace

Moving on: Helen announced last month that she’d split from her rugby player partner Richie after eight years of marriage

It comes after Helen was said to have hired a private investigator after she became suspicious about her husband Richie’s behaviour before their split.

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.

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. 

Pals: Helen was seen posing on the red carpet with Sky Sports News presenter Bela Shah who looked glamorous in a pink dress

Strike a pose: She wore a pair of black heels with see-through panels to add a few inches to her stature

They said: ‘Helen is absolutely devastated. 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 four months old. 

‘She thought their marriage was safe and secure and is totally shocked by what’s happened.’ 

Pour it up: Helen treated herself to a glass of champagne inside the sports awards 

Two’s company: She posed for snaps alongside BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker 

Loving life: She seemed in good spirits as she caught up with Ayo Akinwolere

While Richie insisted there was no crossover and that he began the romance with Stephanie after their marriage collapsed, The Sun reported 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.  

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.’  

Chipper: Conor Benn (left) showed off his fighting stance while posing for snaps as Love Island’s Josh Denzel enjoyed a beer 

Suited and booted: Tom Daley looked dapper in a navy velvet suit at the awards  bash 

Congratualtions! Tom picked up the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award

Sweet: He was given the award by American diver Greg Louganis

Former Blue Peter star Helen confirmed her split from Richie on Instagram last month, 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.’  

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

Relationship woes: It comes after Helen was said to have hired a private investigator after she became suspicious about her husband Richie’s behaviour before their split

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

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.’  

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

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

The new woman in Richie’s life, Stephanie 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.

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.

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

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.

New addition: Helen posted this picture on Instagram of Richie carrying their newborn out of the hospital, with the couple splitting just four months later in April