‘Losing two cousins who were really close to me altered my perspective on life’
elen Skelton, who became a household name as the bubbly, charismatic Blue Peter presenter with a penchant for adventure, is now a familiar face on Countryfile — but she still often hits the headlines for her wardrobe and its apparent ‘malfunctions’.
There was the time her dress was caught in a gust of wind while she was reporting at the London 2012 Olympics, while the length of her skirts during her stint covering the swimming at Rio 2016 whipped up a storm of comment. It was even claimed that her outfits cost her a job in the team reporting on the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.
Thankfully, Skelton — who has two sons, aged three and one, with her husband, rugby player Richie Myler (28) — has developed a good sense of perspective. Here, the downto-earth 25-year-old talks about her love of fitness, how two family tragedies have shaped her outlook, and what makes her tick. POPPY DRIVE:
Helen Skelton is helping raise money for Royal British Legion