Helen Skelton’s husband’s new girlfriend runs two businesses owned by a millionaire father

Helen Skelton’s husband Richie Myler is dating Stephanie Thirkill, the daughter of one of the richest businessmen in Leeds, with an estimated net worth of £ 175 million

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Helen Skelton returns to Instagram without her wedding ring on

Helen Skelton’s husband Richie Myler has embarked on a romance with the daughter of the multi-millionaire President of the Leeds Rhinos club which he plays for.

Countryfile presenter Helen, 38 years old, announced the end of their eight-year marriage with Richie, 31, in an Instagram statement last week, saying the rugby player had left their family home.

It later emerged Richie has fallen for Stephanie Thirkill, the daughter of Andrew Thirkill, who is one of the richest businessmen in Leeds and has an estimated net worth of £ 175 million.

Stephanie, 32, is a Rugby League fan and has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a successful businesswoman.

Helen Skelton announced the end of her marriage with Richie Myler last week


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The rugby player, 31, is dating Stephanie Thirkill, the daughter of the Leeds Rhinos president

After gaining a degree in Retail Marketing Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, she has worked in her father’s firm Age Partnership Group Limited, a retirement specialist based in Leeds.

She started as a Senior Market Executive, before being promoted to Direct Communications Marketing Manager for the company, according to RocketReach.

In May last year she took over from her father as the Non-Executive Director. Her brother Jonathan works as an executive.

Stephanie was named director of two of her father’s firms last year



Helen returned to Instagram after announcing the breakdown of her marriage


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She was also appointed director of Advice Wise Limited in January 2021, accounts show on Companies House.

The firm helps provide the best equity release plan for a clients’ needs.

Last week, Richie’s pals claimed the sports star had been seeing a ‘young businesswoman recently’ as their friendship has continued to grow.

Insiders claimed Richie is in ‘the very early stages of a relationship’ with the mystery new woman and it came after his split from Helen.

“Richie appears to have been spending a lot of his free time with this younger, successful businesswoman,” a source told The Sun.

The Mirror has reached out to representatives of Richie and Helen for further comment.

Helen shared the sad announcement her marriage had ended in an emotional statement which she posted to her Instagram stories last week.

She revealed that Richie had ‘left the family home’ as she opened up about her heartbreak after their love story crumbled after eight years of marriage.

Andrew Thirkill is one of the richest businessmen in Leeds


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In a short statement, Helen penned: “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.”

Richie, who is a rugby star who plays for Leeds Rhinos, has not publicly addressed his separation with Helen.

Helen and Richie’s split came just four months after the couple welcomed their third child, Elsie Kate.

The pair are also proud parents to sons, Ernie, six, and Louis, four.

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