Kate Wright, the former star of UK reality show ‘The Only Way Is Essex’, is dating former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand, according to the British newspapers.
She quit the series earlier this year to focus on her bikini business. Kate’s new job will come as no surprise to anyone checking out her Instagram page. For someone living in a chilly, rainy country she spends a lot of time in a swimsuit!
Father-of-three Rio, 38, was spotted leaving Kate’s Brentwood, Essex flat in his flashy Aston Martin. The Sun ran a front page story confirming the relationship.
Born in June, 1991 in Essex, England, Kate used to work as a business support manager in a bank. She quit after finding fame on the TV reality show, the UK equivalent of ‘Jersey Shore.’
Kate goes to the gym five days a week to maintain her toned physique. She also regularly poses for shots which she uploads to Instagram for her 581,000 followers.
The pair’s romance comes after the tragic death of Rio’s wife Rebecca Ellison. She passed away from breast cancer in May 2015, the same year that he retired from football after a long career at the top of the game.
Rebecca was a former fitness trainer. She met Rio while he was playing at West Ham early in his career in the late 1990s.
Kate, 26, split from her TOWIE co-star Dan Edgar last summer.