RIO Ferdinand has shared a loved-up Instagram post thanking partner Kate Wright for being his "lightness in dark moments."
The football legend showed he is clearly head-over-heels with the former Towie star as he posted a picture from their recent trip to Dubai.
Kate can be seen wearing a brown bikini top while Rio is keeping it casual in a black t-shirt.
He captioned the sweet snap: "To say 2017 has been a tough year would be a huge understatement.
"Some dark moments but brightness has been spread around me and mine by this one in many different forms.
"Christmas being just one example, all the thoughtful little details that make things that much better for all of us."
Kate and Rio have been dating since February and confirmed their relationship in July, regularly shared loved up pictures online.
A friend of Kate’s told The Sun: “They are so happy together. It's going really well.”
“Kate was telling her friends how great everything is for her at the moment.
“Rio's children love her.
“She sees Rio as her soul mate – they have a real connection.”
Kate spent Christmas with Rio and his children, and the footballer posted a picture of the couple and his children in matching pyjamas on Christmas Eve.
The relationship has gone down well with his fans, who are delighted that Rio has found love again following the tragic death of his wife and mother of his three children Rebecca Ellison in 2015.
Rio amused his 2.6 million Instagram followers last month when the former footballer, 39, shared a hilarious video of the pair working out in which he pretends to pass wind in 26-year-old Kate’s face.
As their personal trainer filmed the pair doing deadlifts at their home, Rio stood in front of Kate and as he bent over blew a raspberry.
Kate looked appalled and then burst out laughing asking, “What was what?” when Rio threw down his weight and walked into the garden laughing.