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Helen Skelton says Strictly is a good chance for her family to 'see her smiling' amid split

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Helen Skelton has spoken out on her upcoming time on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, explaining how it'll be a "good chance" for her family to see her smiling.Th 39 year old TV presenter and actress was the final contestant to be announced to have joined the 2022 line-up of the programme, which kicks off on Friday 23 September after a year-long wait.

Speaking out about what made her decide to take part in the show, Helen explained: "I just wanted to do something fun! It was a good chance for my family to see me smiling and it's a fun adventure." She went on to share her excitement as she added: "Anybody who's had anything to do with Strictly will say, the make-up people are the best, the costume people are the best, the set designers are the best, the dancers are the best. "So why wouldn't you want to do something where everyone is literally at the top of their game and loving what they do?" Helen is mum to sons Ernie, seven, and Louis, five, as well as baby daughter Elsie Kate, who she had just months before her split from ex Richie, 32, in April this year.

Their break up came as a shock to fans as they had been married for nine years and only just welcomed their third child together.

At the time, Helen announced the news as she wrote over a black background on Instagram to say: "Very sad to say that Richie and I are no longer a couple.

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