Helen Skelton says Strictly is a good chance for her family to ‘see her smiling’ amid split

Helen Skelton has spoken out on her upcoming time on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, explaining how it'll be a "good chance" for her family to see her smiling.

Th 39 year old TV presenter and actress was the final contestant to be announced to have joined the 2022 line-up of the programme, which kicks off on Friday 23 September after a year-long wait.

Speaking out about what made her decide to take part in the show, Helen explained: "I just wanted to do something fun! It was a good chance for my family to see me smiling and it's a fun adventure."

She went on to share her excitement as she added: "Anybody who's had anything to do with Strictly will say, the make-up people are the best, the costume people are the best, the set designers are the best, the dancers are the best.

"So why wouldn't you want to do something where everyone is literally at the top of their game and loving what they do?"

Helen is mum to sons Ernie, seven, and Louis, five, as well as baby daughter Elsie Kate, who she had just months before her split from ex Richie, 32, in April this year.

Their break up came as a shock to fans as they had been married for nine years and only just welcomed their third child together.

At the time, Helen announced the news as she wrote over a black background on Instagram to say: "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 ended the message with two broken heart emojis.

Since then, Richie has posted photos with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill – who he enjoyed a romantic holiday with in August. While Helen is now focusing on the future, a source said it was understandably difficult for her to see.

“Helen is devastated,” our source revealed. “It’s one thing knowing it’s happening, but it’s another thing actually seeing it."

They went on to tell OK!: "For him to post it all over Instagram has been hard. She feels like this is rubbing it in her face, and it’s a knife to the heart. It just seems a bit insensitive.”

Our source continued: “Helen has kept a dignified silence. All of her friends are rallying around her. They’re supporting her and keeping her spirits up. She’s focusing on the kids and work.

"She’s not ready to get back out there on the dating scene, but her friends would like her to meet someone.”

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