RIO and Kate Ferdinand are expecting their first child together, The Sun can reveal.
The couple are thrilled and have been celebrating with family and friends and excitedly sharing scan pictures of the unborn tot.
Kate and Rio Ferdinand are expecting their first baby together[/caption]
Kate, who has suffered early bouts of morning sickness, believes she is carrying a girl.
They have shared the happy news with Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and nine-year-old Tia – Rio’s kids with late wife Rebecca.
Kate coyly told earlier this month how her stepchildren outlined a timetable when she and their Dad would make them a brother or sister.
And now their wait is nearly over, with a pal telling The Sun: “Everyone is deliriously happy.
Kate, who suffered early morning sickness, thinks shes having a girl[/caption]
“Kate’s pregnancy has made everyone beam with joy.
“She’s had a rough few weeks, but couldn’t be happier. She always wanted her own children with Rio, and to grow his existing family. Everyone is so excited.”
Pregnancy was the dream scenario for Kate, 29, after she fell for former England captain Rio three years ago.
She endured a tough spell after moving in to the family home and gingerly trying to pick up the pieces following Rebecca’s tragic death in 2015.
Rio proposed to Kate in Abu Dhabi in 2018 – with his three children involved[/caption]
The couple at the premiere of Toy Story 4 in London last year[/caption]
The bumpy ride was documented in the couple’s BBC1 documentary Rio And Kate: Becoming A Stepfamily.
It was the sequel to Rio’s 2017 BAFTA-winning film Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad, which documented a family in mourning.
At the Ferdinand’s Kent mansion, walls were adorned with family photos featuring Rebecca, who died from breast cancer aged just 34.
Supporting the children and Rio, 41, through grief required professional support from counsellors and children’s bereavement charity Grief Encounter.
Kate had said she wanted to have a baby but added: ‘There’s no set time’[/caption]
The family faced a double blow when Rio’s mum Janice passed away suddenly in 2017, aged 58.
Kate opened up about having therapy to tackle anxiety and body dysmorphia.
She said about having kids of her own: “We would like to have a baby but there’s no set time.
“Where is the love life?! We’re getting a little bit of time here and there, but I wouldn’t call it couple time.
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“We’re busy, our time together might be talking about cleaning the toilet, rather than ‘Oh, I love you so much!’.”
Ex-Manchester United legend Rio, who boasts a £60million fortune, has been helping Kate home-school the kids during coronavirus lockdown.
Kate said of her role as stepmum: “I wouldn’t change it for the world because I’ve got Rio and three kids that I love.”
She married BT Sport footie pundit Rio in Turkey last September in front of a huge gathering of friends and family.
Kate and Rio spent Christmas Day 2019 in the Maldives wearing swimsuits[/caption]
Treasured family photos of Rebecca are in a room dedicated especially to her, and Kate said of Rio’s first wife: “I truly believe, in my heart of hearts, that Rebecca would be happy with the love I’m giving to her children.”
Now Kate is looking forward to adding to their family with kids of her own.