Helen Skelton’s estranged husband Richie Myler is reportedly expecting a baby with his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill just months after their marriage ended.
The presenter, who currently appears on Strictly Come Dancing, was reportedly briefed on the news before Stephanie announced it on social media, and the former couple share “warm relations.”
Richie ended his eight-year marriage to Helen, 39, in April, just four months after she gave birth to their third child, and quickly moved on with Stephanie, 32.
A source told The Sun that Stephanie and Richie are “thrilled” about expecting their first child just six months after their relationship came to light.
They added: “Stephanie and Richie are obviously thrilled. They moved very quickly but are very happy together.
“However, the timing of pregnancy may raise a few eyebrows. It’s obviously such a big step, and one that was made remarkably quickly after the end of Helen and Richie’s eight-year marriage.
“But Richie and Helen have warm relationships and in a way the timing is actually perfect as Helen is so happy at the moment.”
The source added that Helen is “far too busy” to focus on her training and rehearsals for Strictly.
It is believed that Stephanie is already showing a noticeable bump on social media.
MailOnline has reached out to representatives from Helen Skelton and Richie Myler for comment.
Stephanie is the daughter of Leeds Rhinos President Andrew Thirkill, who is one of the wealthiest businessmen in Leeds and is worth an estimated £175million.
Richie shares two young sons, Ernie, six, Louis, five, and daughter Elsie Kate, eight months, with his estranged wife Helen.
Last month, Stephanie Richie shared an exuberant tribute on her Instagram Stories, which he then reposted.
She wrote: “Wasn’t a win but couldn’t be prouder of this one. Grand final at Old Trafford and a great game to you. Love you so much @richiemyler,” to which he added, “Love you.”
Richie posted a picture of himself and Stephanie with their family to his Instagram Stories, also captivatingly captioned, “This season ended as a family,” and drew a heart.
Richie made his relationship with Stephanie official on Instagram when they attended Wimbledon together in July.
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 have felt “confused” by the breakdown in her marriage, and a source close to the couple told MailOnline: “Helen is absolutely devastated.”
They continued, “Now she’s contemplating life without him while he’s moved on with his new partner.”
“Richie insists 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 her marriage was safe and secure and is totally shocked by what happened.”
Former Blue Peter star Helen confirmed their split on Instagram, writing: “Very sad to say that Richie and I are no longer a couple. He left the parental home. We will do our best to raise our little children together.”