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Heartbroken Helen Skelton reveals the reason she signed up for Strictly Come Dancing after marriage split

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LOVE split Helen Skelton has revealed that she signed up to Strictly so her family could see her smiling again. The Countryfile presenter, 39, was left shattered when her husband Richie Myler ended their eight-year marriage in April, four months after their third child was born.

Now speaking ahead of tonight’s glittering launch show, Helen said: “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. “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?” READ MORE ON STRICTLYSTRUT YOUR STUFF Strictly 2022 professional dancers - from Giovanni Pernice to Amy DowdenSHIRLEY'S FAVES Strictly's Shirley Ballas reveals her favourite ever celebrity contestants Helen is now juggling training with caring for her three children Ernie, seven, Louis, five and baby Elsie.

It means she’s especially keen to enjoy the pampering on offer. She laughed: “I have three children under seven, a very energetic dog and have lived in a house renovation for the best part of three years, so Strictly-fy me up please. “It takes me back to my Blue Peter days, it was an all-consuming show where every minute of the day you were doing something for it.

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