Rio Ferdinand says dad made Kate Wright ‘uncomfortable’ when they got together
Rio Ferdinand has claimed that his father made Kate Wright feel 'uncomfortable' whn they first got together following the death of his wife.
The former footballer was seen getting his suit fitted for their wedding when he spoke to his father Julian about the relationship in the BBC documentary Rio And Kate: Becoming A Step Family.
Kate and Rio got together after the death of his wife Rebecca in 2015 after she lost her battle with breast cancer.
She helps Rio raise his children with Rebecca; Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and Tia, eight.
Julian admitted that he had clashed with Kate because he voices his opinions, and Rio accused him of not handling the budding relationship in the best way.
Julian said: "I'm very opinionated, she does not like my opinion because I'm very direct, very straight-fiorward. With someone new coming in you have to be a little bit cautious."
Rio told him: "I saw my dad had reservations and concerns as a parent, as a granddad, given what we'd been through in the last couple years previously, obviously.
"I felt that and I said to my dad openly he feels like that and he's not hiding it. That's the thing I didn't agree with and we had to have a few talks about it because I didn't feel comfortable and it made Kate feel uncomfortable."
Julian said he had to get to know Kate before warming up to her.
He continued: "I looked upon her as a very young girl coming into a situation, can she deal with it?"
Rio told him that he should have given Kate help rather than making things even more difficult to her.
Julian answered: "She came in it and it was hard, not just for myself, for almost everyone. If she was not strong minded she would have walked away."
Speaking to the camera, Rio admitted that other members of his and Rebecca's family had been quite harsh on Kate.
"She's not here to take anyone's role. She's here because I love her," he said.
Julian added: "My concern is the kids so I don't really think about whether she's feeling insecure in that way. I don't think about it; my concerns are that the kids are happy."
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