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RIO Ferdinand has been praised by celebrities and TV fans alike as the father of three opened up about his wife’s tragic death on BBC program Being Mum and Dad.
The ex-Manchester United and England defender was left as a single parent to Lorenz, 11, Tate, eight, and Tia, six, when partner Rebecca lost her battle with breast cancer two years ago.
In the hugely candid and emotional documentary the former England skipper, 38, gave an insight into his turmoil, putting the spotlight on everything from his switched up family routine to his understanding of why people contemplate suicide, The Sun reports.
The program revealed he had sought the support of an all-male bereavement group after realising “no one teaches you how to deal with loss”.
While he is not ready to take off his wedding ring, he said he is slowly putting his life back together following Rebecca’s death at 34 — and overcoming the struggles he has faced bringing up their three kids alone.
He rounded off the 60-minute episode and said: “She would be looking down and saying well done.”
Twitter was flooded with passionate and heartfelt messages from Ferdinand’s fans.
In the show, the Premier League star opened up for the first time about his loss, saying: “You realise playing football was a f***ing walk in the park compared to telling your kids their mum isn’t coming back.
“I’ve never had to do something so hard, so emotionally draining and testing.
“At the time you think, ‘I’m coping.’ You’re sitting there, the kids are in bed, you can’t sleep, but you don’t want to think about anything.
“That’s when the problems start. I never understood suicide.
“Then you sit there and you can understand how people get that low. It’s a lonely, dark place.
“I can easily see why you just slip over that edge.”
Ferdinand’s sporting and celebrity mates were equally quick to offer their support on social media.
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