Former Strictly contestant and wildlife presenter Steve Backshall and Olympic rower Helen Glover have revealed that they have lost one of their unborn twins.
Announcing the sad news on Twitter, Helen, 31, shared however that they are still hopeful that the remaining baby will arrive safely in the summer.
Helen wrote on her social media, ‘Thanks for all your lovely messages. We’ve had the hard news that one baby hasn’t made it but we are very excited and hopeful for the remaining baby to arrive this summer xx’
Springwatch presenter Steve, 44, echoed Helen’s message on his own Twitter account. He said, ‘Many thanks for all your kind messages. We’ve had the news that one twin has not survived, but are still looking forward to our new addition this summer. Sb’
Steve – who was a contestant on the 2014 series of Strictly – and wife Helen had only announced the news that they were expecting in March.
On his Instagram, naturalist and presenter Steve wrote, ‘On the boat with my three favourite people; seems this summer we’ll have some wee ones of our own… @helenglovergb’. He shared the caption alongside an image of baby ducks, and Helen with a clearly pronounced stomach.
A range of celebrity friends were also quick to send their messages of condolences to the couple.
Ben Fogle commented, ‘We are sending you both lots of love x”, while cyclist Rebecca Adlington also wrote, “Sending so much love xx 💗’
Helen and Steve married in Cornwall on September 2016, after the wildlife presenter proposed in Namibia 2015.
Discussing the proposal with the Mirror at the time, Steve confessed that he was reduced to floods of tears after popping the question.
He said, “She didn’t cry, but I did.
“I’m not afraid to cry. But when she didn’t cry I was like: ‘Oi, what’s going on?’ To be fair, she didn’t see it coming, whereas I’d had a real build up of adrenaline and emotion, so the floodgates just opened.
“Thankfully she said ‘yes’, but I kinda knew she would because she’d been prompting me for a while that a ring was due.”
In 2017, Steve revealed that he and Helen had decided to take a year before they started discussing children, due to Helen’s rowing career.
He said, “Helen hasn’t quite decided yet whether she wants to continue with the rowing.
“She’s absolutely at the pinnacle of her sport and it’s going to be very hard for her to be away from that.”