Helen Skelton on balancing Strictly training with her family life
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Helen Skelton, 39, and Richie Myler, 32, confirmed their split in April after nine years of marriage. The announcement came just four months after the birth of their daughter, Elsie, who is the little sister of their sons Ernie, seven, and Louis, five.
In an unearthed interview from when they were still an item, Helen confessed that they had been “staying out of each other’s way” and looking after their children “in shifts”.
In the chat, which was conducted last year, the Strictly Come Dancing star was asked whether the pair still had time to go on dates, Helen replied: “No… We’re not in the house together – we are staying out of each other’s way.
“We say this is the dream as we have breakfast, lunch and dinner together but then look after the kids in shifts.”
She also added to the Mirror that keeping their distance had made them “appreciate” each other.
The presenter continued: “You appreciate the other in this situation. I don’t think he’ll ever say again, ‘What do you do with the kids all day?’.
“Sometimes I would get in from work and he’d be that husband that would look at the kitchen and say, ‘How is this still a mess when she’s been off all day?’.
“Now he’s done it he’s like, ‘How does she stay sane?’.”
It comes after Helen revealed exactly what was going through her head when her Strictly partner, Gorka Marquez, gave her some words of wisdom during last Saturday’s show.
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Following their Paso Doble, Gorka took a moment to tell Helen how “inspirational” she is and urged her to “believe” in herself.
He said: “I know you have been having a difficult time and I know you have been made to feel like you are not beautiful or good enough, but I believe in you, everyone believes in you.
“It doesn’t matter how many times I say it or anybody says it, you are the only one that needs to believe in you because you are an amazing woman, very inspirational, an amazing mum and an incredible dancer.
“So, believe in you, please.”
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In her new column, Helen admitted Gorka’s emotional speech took her by surprise, but gave her a “wake-up call”.
She wrote in The Telegraph: “I certainly wasn’t expecting Gorka to give me a pep talk live on air, but it came from a good place and he just wants me to do my best.
“What he said was a bit of a wake-up call, really: there’s no time to be nervous. When I’m on that dancefloor, I’ve just got to get on with it.”
This week, Helen and Gorka will be performing a Charleston to the original Blue Peter theme tune to mark the centenary celebrations of the BBC.
Strictly Come Dancing airs saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.
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