Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand’s BBC documentary, Rio and Kate: Becoming a Step Family aired on Monday 10 February to huge praise from viewers and celebrities alike.
The documentary saw Kate and Rio share their journey in becoming a step-family, as they prepared to tie the knot in Turkey last September.
Rio, 41, tragically lost his wife Rebecca Ellison, with whom he shares his children, Lorenz, 12, Tate, ten, and Tia, eight, to breast cancer in 2015, years before he met and fell in love with Kate Wright.
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After the BBC programme aired, former TOWIE star Kate took to Instagram to thanks those who were involved in the making of it, as she shared a series of pictures.
The 28 year old wrote: “Super emotional watching that back. Thank you so much to all the inspirational, strong and brave people at @childbereavementuk , Happy steps & @sarahmuirtimmins who helped us make this documentary. You have helped our family in ways that we can never repay.
"To the amazing children; Ella, Leiva, Aila, Eirin, Lily, Georgia, Jessica, Jamie, Jack, Keli, Sefofo, Eddie, Shaneeka, Debbie & Ozzie – your bravery and strength amazes me, you have helped us, and hopefully so many other families now and into the future. Thank you for being so open and honest and guiding us on our journey. We could not have done this without you.
"And thank you to all of you for all of your support, it really does mean a lot. I hope our story can help guide you and help others to realise that although life often looks perfect through Instagram, it’s definitely not.
"People are fighting battles we know nothing about. If I’ve learnt anything from this, it’s to be more confident in who I am as a woman, a wife and as a mum. I too often add too much pressure on myself and get caught up on others opinions and views.
"A final thank you to @[email protected] and the whole documentary crew at @octoberfilms_ & the BBC for being sensitive, kind, patient and for capturing our family in the most raw but perfect way. Lots of love to everyone.”
Celebrities chimed in to voice their support, with Giovanna Fletcher writing: “Such an emotional watch. What brilliant children – both yours and those who spoke so beautiful during the show. And the compassion and love for one another was magical. Xxx.”
Fearne Cotton said: “Bloody hell, what an incredible documentary @rioferdy5 and Kate. Such honesty and courage. As a step parent of nearly 9 years now it was so good to hear this subject talked about thoroughly. What a beautiful family you are.”
Nick Grimshaw wrote: “Cried me bloody eyes out watching the Rio & Kate documentary.”
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And Gary Barlow gave his opinion as he said: “ Rio and Kate – really enjoyed this – and supported by the amazing @cbukhelp.”
Like his wife, former footballer Rio too expressed his thanks to the people who had made the documentary possible.
He wrote on Instagram: “Just want to send a massive thank you to all the special people at @childbereavementuk , Happy Steps & @sarahmuirtimmins who helped us make this important documentary.
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"To the amazingly eloquent, brave & generous children who took part; Ella, Leiva, Aila, Eirin, Lily, Georgia, Jessica, Jamie, Jack, Keli, Sefofo, Eddie, Shaneeka, Debbie & Ozzie – you have helped us, and hopefully so many other families going forward.
"You guys inspired us like you wouldn’t believe and really played a major part in us moving forward from where we was. The filming/journey would not have been complete without you all.
"You have all taught me personally, in one way or another that open lines of communication are hugely important in moving forward."
"Finally, a huge thank you [email protected]_art @mollysayers @bbc & all the crew who played their part in the filming,research, editing etc."
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