Helen Skelton hired private eye over suspicions on ex Richie Myler before split

Helen Skelton reportedly hired a "private investigator" after she started to become suspicious of her husband Richie Myler's behaviour before their break-up.

The Countryfile presenter, 38, had been happily married for nearly nine years, and shares three children with the Leeds Rhinos rugby player.

But in an Instagram story last month, the star announced the pair had called it quits and Richie, 31, had decided to "move out" of the family home.

Since then, reports emerged that the dad-of-three started dating his rugby club manager's daughter Stephanie Thirkill, 32, after the split, and sources claimed that the sports star had gone away on holiday with her.

Now The Sun has claimed that Helen was suspicious about Richie's behaviour and employed a private eye to investigate him.

What's more, the publication claimed Helen also contacted Stephanie's husband Richard Sugden, after the pair were also reported to have parted ways.

Going on to claim that Richie first met Stephanie during a rugby dinner last year, it was reported that Leeds Rhinos boss Andrew Thirkill's daughter approached for a photograph with Richie and Helen and they agreed.

The Sun claimed a source close to Helen said: "She felt something was amiss in her relationship with Richie.


“Hiring a private investigator was the last thing she wanted to do, but she was left with no choice as she needed to know the truth."

The source claimed Helen "reached out" to Stephanie's ex-husband in a bid to help each other "communicate over the situation", but emotions continue to "run high".

"The most important thing to Helen is looking after her three children and making sure they’re OK during the difficult split," the insider added.

OK! has contacted representatives for Helen and Richie for comment.

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Helen shares four month old baby girl Elsie Kate with Richie, as well as sons Ernie, six, and Louis, four.

Following the news of their break-up, Helen took their kids away for a much-needed Easter break in the sunshine.

The Inside the Superbrands presenter told her followers afterwards: "Very sad to say that Richie and I are no longer a couple. He has left the family home."

The presenter added the estranged couple will be doing their "best" to co-parent their "small children" as they navigate their split.

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