Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright engaged after Abu Dhabi rooftop proposal

Rio Ferdinand has announced his engagement to Towie star Kate Wright

Rio Ferdinand has announced his engagement to Towie star Kate Wright

The couple have announced they are getting married by posting the same photo of the moment former "TOWIE" star Kate said yes to the retired footballer's proposal on the rooftop of the St. Regis Hotel as his three children, Lorenz, 11, Tate, nine and Tia, seven, looked on during a family holiday together in Abu Dhabi.

Kate added: "The flawless end to our holiday".

The pair have been dating since 2016 but took their relationship to the next level when Kate moved in with Rio and the kids in late 2017.

"If someone had told me a few years back that I was going to be the stepmum of three children, I would have just laughed".

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"She said yes. How these three kids kept it a secret I'll never know, " he wrote.

In an interview with Daily Mail's You Magazine in August, Kate spoke about her strong bond with the children, saying they were now keen for her and Rio to have a child.

She has revealed that despite her step mum job, the kids would love her to have a child of her own with Rio one day.

"I knew it would be a challenge, but if you love someone you go with it and deal with the hard stuff".

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But he told broadcaster ITV past year that Wright's presence in his life has helped him and his children.

"They then thought, "If Kate is there, we get to do fun stuff afterwards", to change their mindset in that it is fun, it isn't me taking their dad away", she said.

"So having that extra person in the house who is female, who has that softer touch, I think is vitally important for the kids".

It will be Ferdy's second stab at marriage after the ex-defender tragically lost his wife Rebecca Ellison to breast cancer in May 2015.

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