Kate Wright has opened up about her life as a stepmum to Rio Ferdinandâ€™s children in a heartbreaking Motherâ€™s Day message.
The former TOWIE star admitted that the day was proving â€˜so toughâ€™ for the family given that Rioâ€™s three kids Lorenz, 11, Tate, 9 and Tia, 6, are without their mum Rebecca following her tragic death from cancer in 2015.
Rio, 39, also sadly lost his own mother Janice last year due to cancer and Kate admits that the whole family were left â€˜full of griefâ€™ on Motherâ€™s Day.
After paying tribute to her own mum, 26-year-old Kate wrote: â€˜Although I am lucky to have my mum here with me today I canâ€™t help but feel so overwhelmed and full of emotions that both Rio and the children donâ€™t have their mums with them today.
â€˜We are living in a house full of grief trying to get through and days like today just feel so tough.
Kate – who is Rioâ€™s first girlfriend since Rebeccaâ€™s death – has become a big part of Rioâ€™s childrenâ€™s lives over the past year and admitted that the stepmum role can be challenging, leading her to pay tribute to other women out there in a similar situation.
â€˜happy Motherâ€™s Day to all the step mums out there itâ€™s a hard role that I donâ€™t think anyone often gets the credit they deserve for it,â€™ the TV star said.
Rio was clearly touched by Kateâ€™s message and showed his gratitude for her in his response.
Awww. It comes after Kate admitted in a New Yearâ€™s message that 2017 – in which she went public with her romance with Rio – had been the ‘hardest but most rewarding year yetâ€™ and spoke of how sheâ€™d gained â€˜four of the most precious peopleâ€™.