Footballer Rio Ferdinand tragically lost his wife Rebecca to breast cancer in 2015 when she was just 34.
Rio, who had three children with Rebecca, said the loss of his wife led him to become “more loving” towards Lorenz, Tate and Tia.
The sports star, 38, who is now in a relationship with former TOWIE star Kate Wright, explained that he’s more in touch with his emotions and that he treasures precious moments with his kids.
In a new extract from his upcoming autobiography obtained by The Sun, Rio wrote: “I’ve had to be taught this stuff – but I’m learning. Slowly but surely, I’m learning.
“The heartbreaking truth is that losing Rebecca has made me more loving. I can’t turn back the clock and show her more love, but I can try not to repeat the same mistakes with our children,” the professional footballer said.
“Being able to cry makes me feel more alive, and for that I am profoundly grateful.”
Rio Ferdinand appeared on This Morning to open up about an upcoming documentary about his life [ITV ]
Sporting star Rio’s wife tragically passed away in 2015 from breast cancer.
In his book, he also emotionally opened up on the moment he told his children that their mother had passed away.
Rio wrote: “I gazed at my beautiful children, lost for words, searching for a way to begin.
“‘I’m afraid I’ve got to tell you something very, very sad. ‘She’s going to be a star — she’s going to go up into the stars as a spirit, and she’ll always be there in the sky, looking down on us…'”.
The father-of-three then tried to make the devastating news clearer, but struggled. He continued: “I tried to explain again, but we were beyond words by then; engulfed in a firestorm of pain.”
His wife, Rebecca died when she was just 34 years old. Though she had previously fought cancer in 2014, it returned just a year later. Rio’s wife died on Friday 1 May 2015, just five weeks after the diagnosis.