Helen Skelton addresses ‘giving up’ work for husband ‘Have to put someone else first’

Helen Skelton says there's 'lots of things you can't say' on BBC

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Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton, 37, moved to the South of France after husband Richie Myler, 30, joined the rugby team Catalans Dragons club in 2015. The couple moved to the country shortly after the birth of their first son Ernie. Two years later, they welcomed their second son Louis into the world.

You rock up with two kids and people think you’re massively unprofessional

Helen Skelton

Podcast host Andy Jaye asked the presenter about her “stop time” during this period and said it appeared as though she had given up “quite a lot” for her spouse’s career.

But insisting this was not the case, the presenter said: “I didn’t, I gained a lot. I moved to the South of France and lived opposite the beach. It was five steps from my door to the Mediterranean sea and 10 steps the other way to a vineyard.

“So I think it wasn’t such a tough time for me.”

Helen went on to say her husband is a “very hands on dad” and said it was her choice to put “someone else first”.

She acknowledged such a decision worked both ways, for mums and dads.

“I think when you’re a woman and you have kids, it’s hard because you have to sort of step back from the identity that you had and I noticed it a lot more when I had my second son.

“I had a baby then moved to France then had my second out there, when you have your first one, I was taking my first with me to the Olympics.

“I was still living in France, but I still went to cover the world championships and I’d take him but when you have two [kids], you can’t really do that, it’s too much.

“You can take one kid and people think that’s cute, you rock up with two kids and people think you’re massively unprofessional.”

Helen added that due to this, it was “harder” to choose jobs.

“It was more of a gear-change for me when I had my second son,” she continued.

“I was like OK this is a mindset change. Every decision I had to make had to be dedicated to them, that’s just a stage in life.

“I don’t think I gave anything up, that’s just any eternal wrestle that any working parent has I think.”

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The mother-of-two added those in the same situation “put a pin” in some of their work for a while to “put someone else first”.

“That’s my choice anyway,” she clarified.

The presenter went on to point out she is in a “lucky” position as her schedule can go from busy to quiet, due to being a freelancer.

“I’m really busy for a few weeks and then I kind of get a quiet few weeks, so you can still do interesting projects but it’s just a different chapter of life.”

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Helen said she had no plans to have any more children.

“I don’t know what I’d do with a daughter. I think where I’ve been surrounded by boys, I don’t really know,” she admitted.

“I always thought I’d want more children, until my son started walking and now he runs around like a lunatic.

“I’ve got enough capacity at the minute, two boys, two dogs and a busy schedule.”

This Week on the Farm continues tonight at 8pm on Channel 4.

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