Kate bonds with Rio’s kids

The coy cou­ple share loved-up pics on Insta

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They’ve kept their re­la­tion­ship well un­der wraps ever since the ru­mours be­gan late last year. But it looks like Rio Fer­di­nand and Kate Wright are fi­nally ready to go public, af­ter both post­ing a se­ries of happy fam­ily snaps to In­sta­gram from their re­cent hol­i­day in Por­tu­gal.

First up was former TOWIE star Kate, 26, who posted a pic of her­self en­joy­ing a beach­side lunch with Rio’s three sis­ters, along­side the cap­tion, “Lunch with the girls.” The fa­mously pri­vate foot­baller then fol­lowed this by shar­ing a pic­ture of him­self and Kate en­joy­ing drinks by the pool with var­i­ous mem­bers of his fam­ily.

But it was Kate’s most re­cent snap that proved just how close the cou­ple have be­come, as she posted an­other smil­ing photo of her­self next to Rio’s sis­ters, while car­ry­ing his six-year-old daugh­ter Tia in her arms. The cap­tion read, “The girlies and one sleepy.” And although Rio’s sons – Tate, ten, and Lorenz, eight – were not in the pic­tures, the boys were on hol­i­day with them, too.

This lat­est flurry of loved-up pics is a big step for the pair, who were only pic­tured to­gether in public for the first time in early July, hav­ing lunch in Lon­don. Rio, 38, had been spot­ted leav­ing Kate’s Es­sex flat in March and June, but the cou­ple had made a big ef­fort to avoid the paps. Their re­la­tion­ship was said to be get­ting in­creas­ingly se­ri­ous – es­pe­cially when Kate quit

TOWIE in April, sup­pos­edly to pro­tect her re­la­tion­ship with Rio. But the fact that she seems so happy and re­laxed with his fam­ily is tes­ta­ment to how strong their feel­ings have be­come for one an­other.

This is Rio’s first re­la­tion­ship since his wife – and mother of his kids – Re­becca El­li­son died in 2015 from breast cancer aged just 34. No doubt his 2.4m Insta fol­low­ers will be de­lighted to see that Kate is giv­ing the former foot­baller, and his fam­ily, a rea­son to smile again.

She’s one of the fam­ily

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