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Countryfile’s Helen Skelton says it ‘doesn’t bother her’ when she gets trolled

Helen Skelton has said it ‘doesn’t bother her’ when she gets trolled on Instagram for wearing short skirts. 

The Countryfile presenter, 37, admitted she loves social media but doesn’t ‘get too hung up on the comments’ as the ‘whole world isn’t reflected online’. 

It comes after mother-of-two Helen received backlash for wearing short dresses and skirts while presenting the Rio Olympics swimming events in 2016.   

Candid: Helen Skelton says it ‘doesn’t bother her’ when she gets trolled on Instagram for wearing short skirts

Speaking to The Sun about dealing with negative online comments she said: ‘Maybe I’m too needy but no I don’t worry, I know it sounds stupid but I don’t have time for that.

‘I’ll maybe put a picture on but I don’t have time to go through the comments – don’t get me wrong I love social media, but I don’t get too hung up on comments because I don’t think the whole world is reflected on social media.

‘It doesn’t bother me what some random person I’m never going to meet thinks about my skirt.’ 

Controversy: It comes after mother-of-two Helen received backlash after wearing short dresses and skirts while presenting the Rio Olympics swimming events in 2016 (pictured)

However she added that she does sometimes worry about what she shares online especially when it comes to her two sons who she shares with her rugby player husband Richie Myler. 

She said: ‘I think everybody wrestles with the Insta thing. I mean I regularly think ‘Oh I’m not going to put pictures of the kids on’ but then I just really like that picture so I put it on.’ 

Helen caused a stir while presenting the Rio Olympics in the summer of 2016, thanks to her scanty outfit choices seen onscreen. 

Honest: The presenter, 37, admitted she loves social media but doesn’t ‘get too hung up on the comments’ as the ‘whole world isn’t reflected online’

But while her appearance had caused a huge stir on social media, Helen admitted in 2017 that she was totally oblivious to the furore and only found out by her dad appearing on This Morning to discuss a pair of eye-wateringly short shorts she had been wearing. 

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, the blonde beauty claimed she wasn’t fazed by the fuss and didn’t feel ‘objectified’, despite what others thought – instead finding the whole debacle ‘really funny’. 

She had been covering all the sporting action alongside former Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, but found herself having to defend her chosen wardrobe, after the action in the pool was overshadowed by her hemlines. 

Having her say: Speaking to The Sun about dealing with negative online comments she said: ‘Maybe I’m too needy but no I don’t worry, I know it sounds stupid but I don’t have time for that’

Looking back at the scandal she had caused with her clothing, Helen insisted she now finds it all ‘really funny’ and had been blissfully unaware of herself hitting the headlines as a result. 

She said: ‘I’m not in the habit of googling myself, I learned along time ago not to google yourself because you read too much into it, so I found out by my brother ringing me and going, “Why is dad on This Morning?”

‘My dad who is a Northern dairy farmer was speaking to Eamonn Holmes about my shorts! I get more press and headlines about a pair of shorts, than anything else I’ve done, it’s just funny.’ 

Real talk: She continued: ‘I’ll maybe put a picture on but I don’t have time to go through the comments – don’t get me wrong I love social media, but I don’t get too hung up on comments’

Helen continued: ‘People are like, “Do you feel like you’re being objectified by other women?” and I’m like, “No, it’s just a pair of shorts!”‘

‘If a pair of shorts can spark a debate about sexism, then fair play to the pair of shorts,’ she joked.  

But it’s not just her outfit choices that she has been targeted over, as Helen recalled receiving cruel jibes from social media users about her pregnancy weight when she was expecting her youngest son Louis. 

‘I’ve had awful things said to me online that have upset me,’ Helen revealed. ‘You have to take the good with the bad, but Twitter is unnecessarily vile. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, just not all opinions are entitled to count.’  

In the past: Helen caused a stir while presenting the Rio Olympics in the summer of 2016, thanks to her scanty outfit choices seen onscreen

The TV presenter added: ‘Sometimes it’s so vile, it’s hilarious. When I was pregnant, someone wrote, “She’s so fat not even a storm could blow her over,” I was like, “Wow, that is harsh!” But you have to laugh about it.

‘I did a programme with Rio Ferdinand once and he got so much abuse on Twitter, I couldn’t believe it. People saying, “You’re a cr*p footballer” – he’s not though, is he?Because he plays for England and one of the biggest clubs in the world!’

Unfazed by the jibes she received about her pregnancy frame, Helen has insisted she ‘no longer puts pressure’ on herself when it comes to her weight – openly admitting that it did used to bother her in her 20s. 

Helen explained: ‘For the first time ever, I don’t put any pressure on myself because I don’t have the time. I have done every diet and I watched my weight for years, but since I’ve had kids… I don’t even have time to wash my hair.’ 

Backlash: But while her appearance had caused a huge stir on social media, Helen admitted in 2017 that she was totally oblivious to the furore at first (pictured in 2019)

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