Helen Skelton's ex Richie Myler pays tribute to new girlfriend on her birthday

Richie Myler pictured with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill and their daughter Olivia (Instagram)
Richie Myler pictured with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill and their daughter Olivia (Instagram)

Helen Skelton's ex-husband Richie Myler has paid tribute to new partner Stephanie Thirkill on her birthday, hailing her "the most wonderful person I know".

The Leeds Rhinos rugby player, 33, began dating Miss Thirkill, the daughter of Leeds Rhinos president Andrew Thirkill, in May last year, just days after announcing his split from Springwatch presenter Skelton, with whom he shares three children, in April.

He and Thirkill welcomed their first child together, a daughter called Olivia, in May of this year.

Taking to Instagram on Monday, Myler uploaded a slew of images showing him and Thirkill enjoying some quality time together both as a couple and with their daugheter."Happy birthday to the most wonderful person I know," he wrote in the accompanying caption.

"Me and Olivia are so grateful for everything you do for us and the person that you are. You are such an amazing mummy to Olivia we are very lucky. We love doing life with you and can’t wait for what the future holds together.

"Here’s to another exciting year," added, follow by a red love-heart emoji.

Myler signed off writing "love you lots" and four kisses.

Skelton meanwhile has been busy throwing herself into the festive spirit with their children Louis, Ernie and Elsie.

Alongside a series of relatable pictures, including one of her trying to wrangle her brood to stay still while posing in front of a Christmas tree, she wrote: "Sparkle season… The season of unrealistic (photographic) expectations."

She went on to say: "PS I had a wonderful childhood, [I] only ever saw Santa at play group, pretty sure my brother didn't get new suits for family gatherings and I don't even think my folks had a camera… just saying."