Strictly’s Helen Skelton mortified as partner Gorka discusses ‘difficult time’ live on air


STRICTLY’S Helen Skelton looked mortified after partner Gorka Marquez discussed her ‘difficult time’ live on air.

The Countryfile presenter performed a Paso Doble on Saturday night, days after learning her estranged husband Richie Mayler is expecting a baby with his new girlfriend.

Strictly’s Helen Skelton looked mortified after partner Gorka Marquez discussed her ‘difficult time’ live on air

Helen tried to hide as Gorka told her how great she is

The couple confirmed their split back in April, just months after Helen gave birth to their third child.

After the judges critiqued her performance and encouraged her to believe in herself a bit more, Helen’s partner Gorka decided to give her a pep talk live on air too.

As they chatted to Claudia Winkleman, the Spanish dancer suddenly said: “Can I just say something? I know you’ve been having a difficult time, and I know you’ve been made to feel like you’re not beautiful or good enough or anything.

“But if you don’t believe in yourself…I believe in you. Everybody here believes in you, your family believes in you.

As Gorka spoke and the other contestants cheered, Helen bit her lip then hid behind him before reappearing but unable to say anything.

Gorka continued: “It doesn’t matter how many times I say it or the judges say it, or anyone says it, it’s only you that can make the change and the one who believes in you.

“You are an amazing woman, very inspirational, an amazing mum and an incredible dancer so believe in you please.”

Strictly viewers immediately took to Twitter to comment on the moment, with one writing: “Yes gorka well said !

“I think her ex husband has made helen feel so s**t about herself she actually believes shes not good enough 😡 you go @HelenSkelton
girl you’re amazing ! #strictly.”

Another added: “Feel bad for Helen – “you need to believe in yourself, we all do!” – not easy to do when you’ve been through what she has recently.

“She’s worth more than that and I hope she starts to see her OWN worth soon.”

A third shared: “How sweet is @gorkamarquez1 what he just said about Helen.”

A fellow viewer added: “Loved Gorka’s message at the end, go on Helen!!”

Helen had to bite her lip as Gorka spoke movingly about her in front of everyone