After the tough few years Rio Ferdinand has had, followers were happy to see that he had gotten into a relationship with TOWIE's Kate Wright.

They had been rumoured to be seeing one another, but when one day Kate and Rio posted cute Instagram pictures showing he had introduced her to his kids, everyone went into meltdown.

Since then, the couple have gone from strength to strength. The summer had been spent with Rio's family, and Kate had even supported him after the unfortunate passing of his mother, Janice St. Fort, from cancer at the age of 58.

While the couple are still quite private, they give the public the occasional peek into their world. However, that may be all about to change, especially from Kate's side, as she has made an announcement that she will be giving up her media spotlight to be able to care for Rio and his children.

In an interview with The Sun, Kate spoke about her career, saying: "I'm taking a step back from the public eye, I want to keep my life private as I lived my previous relationship on TOWIE, my priority right now is Rio and the family."

Kate is also known for being a spokesperson for a number of brands, so it is likely she will be parting ways with these companies, and apparently she is also ditching her agent as she prepares for her 'normal' life with Rio and his children.

It looks like the couple are happy, which fans have only been wishing for the footballer after his wife, Rebecca Ellison, tragically passed to the same illness as his mother in 2015.

In the past, he has spoken out about how he coped with his wife's death, and being both a dad, and mum, to his children...

Credit: This Morning

Personally I think if they're both happy, then they should be able to do whatever they want.

Although, NGL, I'll miss seeing some of Kate's outfits on Instagram. Where will I get my inspiration now?!

Katey Roberts

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