‘There’s been ups and downs’ Kate Wright gives rare insight into life with Rio Ferdinand

Kate Wright has given fans a rare insight into life with Rio Ferdinand in a heartfelt post on social media.

Like many others waiting to enter 2018, the former reality TV star took to her Instagram account to reflect on 2017 before ringing in the new year.

Sharing a picture of her and Rio, as well as one of Rio’s three children – Lorenz, 11, Tate, nine and six-year-old Tia – Kate gave fans a glimpse of how the past year has gone for her, saying it’s been hard but also ‘rewarding’.

She wrote: ‘2017…. the hardest but most rewarding year yet! Ups & downs but I have gained 4 of the most precious people 🤗…. Happy new year everyone, I hope your year is filled with health & happiness, keep your loved ones close ❤️❤️’

Fans of the former TOWIE star were quick to praise her for her role in Rio and his children’s happiness.

Writing in the comments section, one said: ‘How precious and wonderful that you have found happiness and those beautiful children have you in their lives too ❤️xxx’

A second commented: ‘Couldn’t be more happy for Rio and the family. Katie wright big respect for what you have done it takes courage to do that ❤️xx’

A third wrote: ‘What a great couple. You both look so good together. Happy new year to you all! Both of you and your cute kids deserve every happiness!’

A fourth also added: ‘I have so much respect for you @xkatiewright for what you are doing with Rio and his stunning kids!! Your definitely Rios guardian angel happy New year 😙’

Kate also gave fans a glimpse of how she spent Christmas, with a picture of Christmas Eve boxes under the tree for her, Rio and his three children.

Captioning the picture, she wrote: ‘Cosy Christmas Eve with my favourites ❤️❤️❤️’

Christmas Eve ❤️

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Rio also took to social media to post a picture of the little family, with Rio wearing matching pyjamas with his two sons, and Kate wearing the same pyjama as Tia.

2017 has been a big year for the pair, who made their relationship public over the summer and moved in together.

The Essex-native also announced she was quitting showbiz career to dedicate her time to Rio and his children, fully embracing her role of stepmother.