DOTING DADS WHO’VE HAD TO PICK UP THE PIECES

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RIO FER­DI­NAND For­mer Eng­land foot­ball cap­tain Rio Fer­di­nand, 40, lost his wife Rebecca El­li­son to breast can­cer in 2015, leav­ing him to raise their chil­dren, Lorenz, 12, Tate, ten, and Tia, seven. Rio has since opened up about be­ing “mum and dad”, say­ing, “There are so many daunt­ing things. As men, we think we’re do­ing a great job as a par­ent when the break­fast is ready, and the kids are dressed and ready for school. We think we’ve done our job, when re­ally, we’re only do­ing the eas­i­est ten per cent.”

JEFF BRAZIER TV pre­sen­ter and for­mer pro­fes­sional foot­baller Jeff Brazier, 39, shared sons Bobby, 15, and Fred­die, 14, with re­al­ity star Jade Goody, who died in 2009 af­ter a bat­tle with cer­vi­cal can­cer. Jeff said, “It’s so im­por­tant for sin­gle par­ents to have a strong and re­li­able sup­port net­work around them. Noth­ing in­duces guilt like par­ent­hood, but we all have to work. As a pre­sen­ter, I travel fairly of­ten, [but] I en­trust the boys with my best friends.”

TOM ZANETTI DJ Tom Zanetti, 29, lost his girl­friend and mother of his only child, Lizzie Pick­a­vance, in 2010, when she died in a tragic car ac­ci­dent. He has opened up about the strug­gles of sin­gle par­ent­ing son Dea­conn, 12. Tom said, “It’s not easy. I re­mem­ber be­com­ing a fa­ther at 17 and feel­ing ab­so­lutely knack­ered, wak­ing up to feed my baby five times a night. But no mat­ter how dif­fi­cult the sit­u­a­tion was, Dea­conn has al­ways made me smile. I learn from him ev­ery day.”

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