Kate and Rio Ferdinand tied the knot last year in an intimate Turkish ceremony after two years of dating.
The couple recently debuted their new show, Becoming A Step Family on BBC, showing their life as a blended family after the death of Rio’s first wife and mother of his children, Rebecca.
The series discussed what it had been like for Rio and Kate during their relationship, as well as the impact it had had on Rio’s three children, whom he shared with his late wife.
However, viewers were divided after watching the show, and while a lot of people praised the couple and Kate particularly for becoming such a hands-on, caring mother to Rio’s children, others blasted the former footballer for ‘moving on too quickly’
I'm surprised how quickly Rio moved on. He seems less emotional and less bothered about removing his wife's photos than Kate does #stepfamily— 🌹❤️karen T ❤️🌹 (@magentawillow) February 10, 2020
2 years and he’s moved her in ?? I lost my wife 4 years ago and no fucking way could she be replaced so quick ! #rioandkate— Andrew S.. (@Andrewclink7) February 10, 2020
When kate said 'should the clothes still be here?' Talking about Rebecca's clothes in the cupboard. Yes kate because they're the children's mums clothes and they might want them! That's all they have left!! #rioandkate— Callie Hughes (@Callie_h21) February 10, 2020
#rioandkatebecomingastepfamily Why are u takin photos down of ur children’s mummy 😢💔😢💔 because u have moved on an ur girlfriend needs to feel part of the family! 🤬 I’m a 52yr old woman who still cry’s for her parents. Photos r important Rio. That’s all ur kids have left 💔— jill garland (@jillgarland1) February 10, 2020
Not all the comments criticised the series, however, and many reached out on social media to congratulate the couple on their co-parenting and open attitude to becoming a step-family.
Having lost my wife 2 years ago & being responsible for my 3 children at home moving forward brings so many challenges— Shane Coldron (@coldron40) February 10, 2020
Great to see those challenges can be overcome & @rioferdy5 shared for positivity @cbukhelp can you be in every UK county going forward 🤞#rioandkate
My step dad is my dad! I love him with all my heart, just because we aren’t blood related doesn’t mean we aren’t family ♥️ #RioAndKate— Vanessa ❤ (@VanessaMills94) February 10, 2020
Originally speaking about the latest tv programme, Rio 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.”
[Featured Image Credit: BBC]