Kate Ferdinand has hit back at online trolls who slated her for saying that her husband Rio and his late wife Rebecca’s children were her “family”.
The 29-year-old former TOWIE star, who is pregnant with ex-England football captain Rio Ferdinand’s fourth child, was attacked on social media after she said that his first three children were “family” as she brings them up as if they were her own.
She labelled the trolls “narrow minded” and “sad” as she replied to comments made on her Instagram post.
As the country headed towards lockdown, the former reality star shared a throwback photo from the summer when she joined Rio and the kids for a sunshine holiday.
The pic showed Kate swimming in in the sea and she captioned it: “One of my favourite days of this year, out at sea with the family …. no worries, happy & stress free”
While Kate was met with an overwhelming positive reaction to her snap, there were some that thought it would be okay to attack her for her sentiments.
One troll wrote: “Ooof. Rebeccas family. I’m all for stepmoms etc. And you’ve stepped into a massive hole. But those kids are Rebeccas. And they’ll not thank you for saying otherwise xx.”
The troll continued: “apart from that you are a lovely lovely girl. But, those wedding letters to ‘your’ kids was terrible. Imagine if you were her looking down, or her mum n dad… not cool. Xx”
Kate was not going to stand by and let that comment go unanswered.
She hit back, writing: “Wow. Very very narrow minded. Rebecca is there mum & forever will be – a mother can never be replaced. But let me clarify WE ARE family, families aren’t just about blood, but who is there for us and loves us unconditionally.”
She continued: “Please think before you speak, are all foster & adopted children family less?! Of course not. Family is about love and choosing to be there for one another.
“We are family by CHOICE it’s so sad you don’t understand, let’s hope you never have to go through such heartache to get it.”
The response brought a huge reaction from her fans, who praised Kate for taking down the troll.
One wrote: “You’re doing amazing, ignore the haters! The kids and Rio love you and that is all that matters.”
Another added: “So well said….how dare someone have an opinion on your life! You are doing an amazing job am sure you will be a fabulous mummy to your baby x”
Rio also supported his wife, writing: “Well said love ❤️”
Rebecca passed away in 2015 after losing her battle with breast cancer but expressed to Rio that she wanted him to be happy after she had gone.
Kate is stepmum to Rio’s kids Tia, nine, Tate, 12, and Lorenz, 14.
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