– Rio on his new autobiography Thinking Out Loud – Love, Grief And Being Mum And Dad
He was the young footballer from South London whose grit and determination saw him become a global superstar, but it was two years ago - after his wife Rebecca tragically lost her battle with cancer - that Rio Ferdinand faced his toughest challenge. Suddenly forced to become both mum and dad to their three young children, he found himself not only dealing with his own grief, but helping them cope with theirs.
I’ve told them from the beginning that it’s okay to cry. I’ve tried to stress to them... it doesn’t make you any less of a boy or a girl.
– Rio encourages his children to share their emotions with him
In a rare TV interview, the former footballer and pundit opens up about about putting pen to paper in a new autobiography, the loss of his wife, how the very recent death of his mother - also to cancer - delivered a second blow to his family, and how he has finally found happiness again with a new love in his life.