RIO Ferdinand has admitted to using hair dye to stay looking young.
The former England footballer says greys in his beard prompted the move, after he left the game to become a TV pundit.
But dad-of-four Rio, 42, insists he is not ashamed of his ageing locks.
The BT Sport star said: “I dye my beard sometimes, I get grey hairs here. I dye it. I think it just looks better.
“I’m not ashamed of having grey hair, I don’t care, but it looks better if it’s all one colour.
“If it all went grey, the whole beard was grey, I’d let it just go. But it’s like patchwork.”
In a conversation with BBC presenter Gabby Logan, 47, on her Mid-Point podcast, the ex-Manchester United defender insisted when he goes grey on top he’ll embrace it.
Rio said: “I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. I don’t get anything done to it yet.
“I’d like it, that distinguished look, if it was all grey I wouldn’t care. But it’s the patchwork business, I’m like a Dalmation, I don’t like it.”
Rio played professional football for 19 years, retiring in 2015 at the age of 36.
He married Kate Wright, 29, in 2019, following the death of his first wife Rebecca to breast cancer four years earlier.
In December Rio and the former Towie star announced the birth of their first child together, Cree.
When Rio turned 40 in 2018, Kate poked fun at their 13-year age gap calling him an “old sod”.
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