Kate Ferdinand breaks down in step-family documentary

‘I just want the children to be happy’: Kate Ferdinand breaks down in tears while husband Rio insists there’s ‘no manual to become a stepmum’ in first teaser for stepfamily documentary

  • The couple have revealed the struggles around becoming a stepfamily for the intimate documentary called Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily 
  • Kate, who wed the footballer in Turkey in September, became stepmother to Rio’s three children after the death of their mother Rebecca Ellison 
  • It will also explore the challenges Kate deals with in being both a partner and a new stepmother to the grieving children, Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and Tia, eight
  • Rebecca, who married Rio in 2009, passed away in 2015 at the age of 34 after being diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time 
  • Rio starred in BAFTA-winning documentary in 2017, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad, in which he came to terms with the effect of losing his wife

Kate Ferdinand is seen breaking down in tears as she voices concern for her stepchildren in a new trailer for her and husband Rio’s documentary. 

In the heartbreaking clip from the one-off BBC One programme, Kate, who became stepmother to Rio’s three children after the death of their mother Rebecca Ellison, sobs while admitting her main concern is the kids’ happiness. 

Heartache: Kate Ferdinand is seen breaking down in tears as she voices concern for her stepchildren in a new trailer for her and husband Rio’s documentary

The former footballer, 41, and the former TOWIE star, 29, have been in a relationship since 2017 and tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in Turkey in September.  The documentary will follow the famous couple as Kate integrates into the family

In the teaser, Rio is seen saying: ‘There ain’t no manual on how to be a step-mum’, before Kate said: ‘Its hard for us so I cant imagine how hard it is for the kids.’

The heartbreaking moment then appears as the reality star looks devatsated while sobbing and stating: ‘I just want the children to be happy.’ 

On a more uplifting note, Rio mused over Kate changing their lives following his loss as he said: ‘You feel like you’ve been dealt a terrible hand but your luck can change.’ 

Family: The couple, who wed in September last year, have allowed cameras into their lives to reveal the struggles around becoming a stepfamily for an intimate documentary called Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily

Upset: On a more uplifting note, Rio mused over Kate changing their lives following his loss as he said: ‘You feel like you’ve been dealt a terrible hand but your luck can change’

The ‘deeply personal’ programme will show the months leading up to their wedding, while looking at the ’emotionally complicated dilemmas’ that the family face together.

It will also explore the challenges Kate deals with in being both a partner and a new stepmother to three grieving children, Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and Tia, eight.

Rebecca passed away in 2015 at the age of 34 after being diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.  

The film, called Rio and Kate: Becoming A Step Family, follows the football star’s previous Bafta-winning documentary in 2017, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad, in which he came to terms with the effect of losing his wife while caring for his family.

Tender: The sneak peek also gave a look at the couple’s September wedding in Turkey

Heartfelt: The couple give a speech to children in the teaser

Rio and Kate said: ‘The positive response to Being Mum And Dad in 2017 and the way it helped others going through a similar situation was overwhelming. For that reason we were both compelled to tell the next chapter in our lives together. 

‘We hope Becoming A Step Family will give a unique insight into step-families and the journey through grief, whilst also providing an intimate look at our lives together.’

Rio then wrote: ‘For the past year, myself & @xkateferdinand have been filming a new @bbcone documentary… it’s been a huge personal journey and by doing this, we hope the film will help other step families & those experiencing the journey of grief!’

Alison Kirkham, BBC’s controller of factual commissioning, said: ‘I’d like to thank Rio and Kate for opening up their lives to us in such an intimate and personal way.

Show: The BBC One programme will follow the couple as Kate integrates into the family and becomes a stepmother to Rio’s three children after the death of their mother Rebecca Ellison

New life: It will also explore the challenges Kate deals with in being both a partner and a new stepmother to Rio’s children, Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and Tia, eight 

‘The BBC has long been committed to tackling mental health issues and Rio Ferdinand’s programme on bereavement in 2017 helped bring the conversation into the open.

‘We hope this new film will offer meaningful insight into the reality and challenges of living in a step-family. It will also explore how grief affects us all differently.’

The BBC said that step-families were now the fastest-growing family type in the UK, with an estimated one in three of all families being part of one.

The couple meet with other families in similar circumstances to theirs in the programme, exploring the types of support on offer for those in need. 

It comes after Kate recently appeared on This Morning where she discussed her fractious relationship with her body, admitting she has ‘love-hate’ feelings about her figure.

Happy days: Kate wed Rio in September and gave up the spotlight to be stepmother to his kids

After the release of her book, Fitter, Happier, Healthier: The Ultimate 4 Week Body Transformation Plan, the star has been blazing the promo trail and detailing how she stays in shape and how she has overcome her body demons.

She said: ‘I feel like I had a love-hate relationship with my body and how others thought about me…

‘I think it controlled me, I got really anxious, I felt overwhelmed and it took over my life. Now I realise my body doesn’t define me. [On being anxious about developing curves at an early age]’…

‘My mum took me to the gym, my school was quite far away. We started swimming together and that’s how I got into the gym. It’s an hour of the day where I don’t think about anything and just gets me started for the day.’

Honest: Kate recently appeared on This Morning where she discussed her fractious relationship with her body, admitting she has ‘love-hate’ feelings about her figure 

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