Rio Ferdinand praises Kate for making him a 'better man' after being 'so low' following his first wife Rebecca's death

RIO Ferdinand has praised his wife Kate for making him a “better man” following the death of his first wife Rebecca.

The former footballer met the ex Towie star shortly after Rebecca lost her battle to cancer at the age of 34 in 2015 and they have since gone on to get married and have a child together. 

Just two years later he also lost his mum Janice, age 58, to cancer and he reached a very low point, which Kate helped him get out of. 

He told Sportsmail:  “You really do learn about yourself.

“I was so low that you don't see a way out. But if you have good people then you can claw your way out to the point where you are as happy as you have ever been.

“Kate has helped to make me a better man. There is no doubt about that. And you have your own moments.

"You have a drink on your own and look back and realise you have come a f***ing long way in the last few years.”

He added: “Strangely I hope that can be part of me helping the next generation of footballers. There are lows but you need context. It's football, not life or death. You lose a game and think it's the end of the world. It's just not. I know that now.”

Rio and Kate exchanged vows in front of 180 friends and family on the sun-drenched shores of Marmaris, Turkey, in September 2019. 

Kate became a step-mum to Rio's three children Lorenz, Tate and Tia when she met Rio.

She welcomed her first son Cree with Rio in December of last year.

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