HELEN Skelton’s ex Richie Myler is dating the daughter of his multi-millionaire rugby club owner.
Her dad is businessman Andrew Thirkill, who is the President of Richie’s club Leeds Rhinos – and worth a whopping £ 175million.
The Sun revealed Richie was dating a younger womanwith pals claiming the pair’s friendship had grown.
A source said: “Richie appears to have been spending a lot of his free time with this younger, successful businesswoman.
“They are now in the early stages of a relationship.”
Helen’s announcement that the marriage was over shocked by her fans, just four months after the star gave birth to the third child couples.
The Countryfile and Springtime On The Farm presenter posted a message on her Instagram account which read: “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 young children. ”
She has since been photographed near the family home in Leeds looking downcast.
A friend of the couple’s said: “Helen has known something hasn’t been right in the marriage for a while now.
“She was absolutely dumbstruck when it finally ended. The split has been incredibly tough on Helen.
“She is being supported by her family and friends who are all rallying around her. Everyone is in a state of shock at their break up. ”
Richie is said to have “fled abroad for a holiday with his new girlfriend” after dumping his TV presenter wife.
Pals say the Leeds Rhinos scrum-half called at the couple’s home last week to collect his passport.
BBC presenter Helen and Richie married in December 2013 and live in Leeds.
The pair met through friends and were together from 2011.
They have sons Ernie, six, Louis, five and daughter Elsie, four months.