HELEN Skelton did not appear on this week’s Countryfile amid news of her recent break up.
The 38-year-old is one of the presenters who fronts the show, but on Sunday evening Anita Rani took the helm.
Helen Skelton was not on Countryfile this weekendCredit: BBC
She has recently split from husband RichieCredit: Instagram
Pals say the Leeds Rhinos scrum-half called at the couple’s home last week to collect his passport.
A source said: “He said he was going on holiday.
“It’s thought he’s taken his new missus so they can be out of the public eye.
“Helen’s holding it together well, which is admirable given she was blindsided by his new relationship.
“Mutual friends think he’s treated her appallingly.
“It’s a shock to them that he’s moved on so soon after she announced the marriage was over.”
BBC presenter Helen and Richie married in 2013 and live in Leeds.
They have sons Ernie, six, Louis, five and daughter Elsie, four months.
The Sun told of Richie’s new relationship on Saturday. He did not reply to a request for comment.
Helen posted a short message on Instagram confirming the end of their relationship on Monday last Monday.
She wrote: “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.”
The star signed it off with two broken-heart emojis.
The pair met through friends and started dating in 2011, before getting married in December 2013.
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