‘Los­ing two cousins who were re­ally close to me al­tered my per­spec­tive on life’

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERVIEW -

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

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