Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand finds love again, proposing to ‘The Only Ways Is Essex’ (TOWIE) star Kate Wright on top of The St. Regis Hotel’s helipad, overlooking Abu Dhabi last week.
Nearly two years since Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright got together
Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright’s romance kicked off in January 2017. Their relationship caught the public eye when Kate announced she’s taking a step back from TOWIE, to focus on her relationship. In an interview with The Sun, she said “I want to keep my life private as I lived my previous relationship on TOWIE. My priority right now is Rio and the family.”
Proposal over Abu Dhabi
With his three children, Lorenz (12), Tata (10) and Tia (7), Rio proposed Kate on St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s helipad, overlooking the city. After she said yes, the former England footie ace announced their engagement on his Instagram and joked “How these three kids kept it a secret I’ll never know.” The former TOWIE star shared her excitement, saying it was “the perfect end” to their holiday.
Rio Ferdinand finds love again
His first wife, Rebecca Ellison passed away in 2015 at the age of just 34, due to breast cancer. However, according to an extract from Rio’s autobiography, ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ the 39-year old footballer revealed it was her wish for him to find a new partner, she told her friend, Lisa. The extract reads “It kills me to think of Rio with a new partner, Lisa, you know it does. Of course it does. ‘But you know what kills me even more? Thinking of him alone and lonely. If I don’t make it, Lisa, I don’t want Rio to be miserable. I want him to be happy.”