Kate and Rio Ferdinand discussed navigating Mother’s Day in an untraditional family (Picture: Instagram)
Kate Ferdinand got candid as she discussed Mother’s Day as part of a blended family.
The reality TV star, 31, and footballer husband Rio Ferdinand, 44, announced earlier this year that they are expecting their second child together.
This means their family is getting even bigger, as the couple also share two-year-old son named Cree, who was born in December 2020.
Kate is also a stepmother to Tate, 13, Lorenz, 15, and Tia, 11, whom Rio shares with late wife Rebecca Ellison, who died in 2015.
And as Mother’s Day approaches this Sunday, the pair have opened up about their past feelings, with Kate revealing she ‘sobbed’ after Rio and his kids failed to buy her a card on her first year with them.
The pregnant star said on her Blended podcast: ‘I wasn’t a biological mum. I think it was our first Mother’s Day, maybe I’d been living here (their home in Bromley, South London) about six months, something like that.
The couple shared a blended family following the death of Rio’s wife in 2015 (Picture: PA)
‘And although I wasn’t a biological mum, I kind of felt like I’d taken on the mum role. For me, going from living at home on my own to taking the kids to school, cooking them dinner, I felt like a mum.’
‘I really thought I might get a card from you, and I didn’t get a card from you,’ she said directly to Rio.
She continued: ‘I felt bad to express that in front of you because you guys had lost your mum, and the kids have lost their mum. So I just went in my room and I just sobbed my heart out, seriously.
‘And then I felt selfish for wanting a card – how dare I want a card? So anyone that’s kind of new in this situation might feel like that because it’s a weird one.’
Elsewhere on the pod, Kate encouraged Rio to be open with the children about his emotions.
Kate and Rio are currently expecting their second child together (Picture: Instagram)
‘In this kind of situation, you have to talk,’ she began. ‘Because if we just assume, right, the kids wanna go to the cemetery every single Mother’s Day, we could be damaging them because, actually, they might not wanna go one year and that’s fine.’
‘There’s no judgement,’ Rio assured, as Kate said the kids shouldn’t ‘worry about what everyone else thinks’ because ‘you’ve gotta do what’s right for you’.
She went on to recall a conversation she had with Rio at Christmas, where he didn’t really want to visit his own mum’s grave because it was ‘too emotional’, whereas the couple would usually go each Christmas Eve.
‘I just said to you, please tell the children,’ she went on.
The mum-to-be encourages her husband to talk to the children about his emotions (Picture: Instagram)
‘Because if they feel like that, they won’t feel bad, and they will then understand how you feel. You have to do what’s right for you as well and if they wanna go to your mum’s, I’ll take them and if they don’t, they don’t, but you’ve gotta lead by example.’
‘Yeah, it’s true. It’s important,’ Rio agreed.
The footie star has also been getting real about life as an expectant dad, with ‘sleep deprivation’ already taking a toll.
‘Sleep deprivation – there’s no easy way to do it. Get a good woman and hope and pray,’ he laughed heartily in conversation with Metro.co.uk.
Rio added that he doesn’t have much parenting advice to offer, but he’s become ‘a bit more familiar with the baby stage’ now.
‘You’re a bit more familiar with it just because you’ve done it more often but it doesn’t get any easier, I tell ya!’
Got a story?
If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us email@example.com, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.
MORE : Louis Tomlinson in tears as son Freddie, seven, watches him perform on stage for first time
MORE : Dame Joan Collins, 89, hailed ‘sexier than ever’ in saucy snap to promote Red Nose Day T-shirt