Rio Ferdinand was on This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield to talk about his new biography called Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad.
Tragically, the former Manchester United footballer lost his wife Rebecca to breast cancer in 2015 when she was just 34.
While Rio’s mum Janice died in July this year, aged 58, following her own tragic cancer battle – just two years after Rebecca’s death.
Rio has bravely been open about his journey after their passings and raising their three children all on his own – he even filmed a BBC documentary called Being Mum and Dad.
This Morning: Rio Ferdinand opened up about his new biography talking about grief after losing both his wife and mum to cancer over the last two years [ITV]
This Morning: Rio Ferdinand pictured with his late wife Rebecca who tragically passed away of breast cancer in 2015 [ITV]
Talking about his new autobiography, the footballing legend – who is now in a relationship with former TOWIE star Kate Wright – admitted that it’s a book to help people going through a similar experience, especially his children.
While he went on to emotionally admit: “Showing emotion in my house, was never, I never really saw affection or love like that.”
To which Phil said: “You said in the book, you wish you had been more open and said I love you more to Rebecca.”
“The same with my mum, especially at the beginning, they were the things that would keep you up at night and stick around your mind,” Rio revealed.
“That’s why in my relationship now, and with my children, I don’t want to make that same mistake again because God forbid if something happens, I want to be comfortable and know that person, and the kids, know exactly how I am and how I feel. That’s a work in progress right now.”
While Rio went on to sweetly talk about his new relationship with Kate.
This Morning: Rio Ferdinand pictured with his late mum who died of cancer July this year [ITV]
This Morning: Rio Ferdinand is currently in a relationship with former TOWIE star Kate Wright
He said: “I’m really happy now, the kids are very happy – the happiest they have been, I’m in a relationship and it’s going well. My kids deserve to be happy they’ve had tragedy in their life.”
However, he admitted that his children have always come first throughout the relationship.
He said: “They have to be part of that conversation so there’s not been any stage going into the relationship where they’ve not been involved.
“Even in terms of the introducing, how do you want it to be done, basic stuff you’d take for granted – as long as they feel like they’re involved in that conversation, I think there’s a chance you can get to that place of happiness.
This Morning: Rio Ferdinand admitted Kate Wright is having a ‘positive effect’ on his children [Instagram/ Rio Ferdinand]
“But I will always make sure they are at the beginning of any conversation that can have an affect on their life, but this is having a positive positive effect.”
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