Pregnant Kate Ferdinand ‘pays tribute to husband Rio’s late wife Rebecca Ellison on her 40th birthday as she heads out for dinner with his children’
Kate Ferdinand was pictured heading out for a family dinner with husband Rio and his three children as they marked the 40th birthday of his late wife Rebecca Ellison.
The star, 29, was seen embracing Rebecca’s parents Lesley and Stephen as they stepped out for a meal with Rio’s children in Southend on Saturday, with sources claiming Kate was ‘determined to attend’ despite being heavily pregnant.
Rio’s first wife Rebecca died of breast cancer in 2015, and Kate has become a stepmother to his three children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine.
Tribute: Kate Ferdinand reportedly paid tribute to husband Rio’s late wife Rebecca Ellison on Saturday, as they were seen heading out for dinner on what would have been her 40th birthday
In pictures obtained by The Sun, Kate, who is due to welcome a son with husband Rio this month, joined Rebecca’s parents for the family meal.
Sources claimed the star was determined to mark the occasion despite being weeks away from giving birth.
An insider said: ‘Kate was determined to attend the gathering despite being heavily pregnant and not finding it easy.
‘Rebecca would have celebrated her 40th birthday and Kate was on hand to mark the occasion.
Sad: Rebecca died in 2015 after battling breast cancer (pictured in 2009), and sources claimed Kate was ‘determined’ to mark her birthday with Rio’s late wife’s family
‘It meant everything to Kate that she could show the Ellisons how much she cares by joining in the stroll and meal out.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Kate Ferdinand for comment.
In February Kate discussed the struggles she overcame when she took on the role of stepmother to Rio’s three children in the BBC documentary Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily.
Difficult: In February Kate discussed the struggles she overcame when she took on the role of stepmother to Rio’s three children#, admitting she ‘grieves for someone she never knew’
The star explained at the time she writes letters to Rebecca and feels like she ‘grieves for someone she never knew’, while Rio’s children wrote cards for their late mum on Mother’s Day.
Reading out her card, Kate broke down in tears as she explained: ‘I’m sorry I don’t know why this makes me so upset – I feel like I’m grieving for someone I never knew.’
She continued: ‘I hope I’m doing a good job of looking after them for you. It’s a bloody hard job but I wouldn’t have it any other way.’
Kate also explained there is a special room in the house for Rio’s children full of pictures of their late mum, along with pictures of their grandmother Janice, who passed away in 2017.
Family: Kate is stepmother to Rio’s children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12 and Tia, nine, and has spoken about struggling to take on the role following Rebecca’s death
Kate and Rio are due to welcome their first child together any day now, and the star recently shared a glimpse of her growing bump as she joked the ‘baby boy was getting very comfy.’
Alongside the glamorous shot, the mum-to-be wrote: ‘This baby boy is very comfy in here … glam, but slippers – it’s the only way right now.’
Showing his approval for the gorgeous photograph, Rio commented beneath: ‘Hot mama!’ with a red heart emoji.
Ready to pop! The star is set to welcome her first child with Rio, a baby boy, any day now, and recently joked her son is getting ‘very comfy’ ahead of her due date