Kate Ferdinand has confessed it was ‘challenging’ moving into her husband Rio’s house as it had been plastered with photos of his late wife, Rebecca Ellison.
The former TOWIE star, 31, who is currently pregnant with their second child, married the footballer, 44, in 2019 and they went on to welcome son Cree, two.
But Rio was already a dad to Lorenz, 16, Tate, 14, and Tia, 12, from his first marriage to Rebecca, who tragically died from breast cancer aged 35, in 2015.
Kate previously admitted she cried in secret while learning to be a stepmother, and she’s now discussed their blended family in more detail.
She wrote in her new book, How To Build A Family: ‘In the beginning I found it really difficult because I felt as though I was coming into this already-made family with this already-made life and I was kind of an the outskirts.
How difficult! Kate Ferdinand has confessed it was ‘challenging’ moving into her husband Rio’s house as it had been plastered with photos of his late wife, Rebecca Ellison
‘It felt like I was walking through someone else’s life. As you walk into our home, there’s a spiralling staircase and, when I first moved in, behind it was a wall full of photos.
‘Arranged as a family tee, it cascaded down from Rio’s and Rebecca’s grandparents all the way to the children. You could see this beautiful family from the minute you walked in.’
It comes after the reality star recalled being mistaken for her husband Rio’s late wife Rebecca as she discussed their early relationship.
Kate admitted she ‘felt like a side chick’ when they first began dating in 2017.
Speaking on her Blended podcast, Kate and Rio spoke of her difficulties when everyone would mention Rebecca when the footballer spoke of his wife.
She explained: ‘I’m secure but what used to happen is I was dating you, we might have been engaged but I wasn’t your wife. So whenever you talk about your wife everyone would say Rebecca.’
Recalling how a famous person called her Rebecca recently, Kate said she ‘felt like a side chick’ at the start of their relationship.
She added: ‘I kind of felt like I was this side woman, I felt like a bloody good side chick looking after your three kids. Everyone was saying your wife, your wife, your wife.
Huge loss: Rebecca tragically died from breast cancer aged 35, in 2015
Blended family: The former TOWIE star, 31, co-parents Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, 10, who Rio, 42, had with Rebecca
Opening up: She wrote in her new book, How To Build A Family: ‘In the beginning I found it really difficult because I felt as though I was coming into this already-made family with this already-made life and I was kind of an the outskirts’
‘Now I am your wife, I feel very secure and yeah the wedding changed a lot for me so I can deal with things like now.’
The TV personality and the footballer married during an extravagant wedding ceremony in Turkey in 2019, after two years of dating.
Elsewhere, Kate revealed she didn’t realise ‘what she was stepping into’ as she was met with his late wife Rebecca’s belongings ‘everywhere’ and his three children ‘rebelling’.
After spending time courting, the couple decided to take the next step and for Kate to move into the family home – which was very hard.
‘I never realised what I was stepping into until I came to this house. We were smitten, going out, dating. I hadn’t really experienced being a step mum, your life or the loss you had gone through,’ she said.
‘It was only when I came here that I thought “s**t this is going to be hard”.’
Rio told her: ‘I hadn’t changed anything in the house at that point. Nothing had changed. The fact that I was bringing you into that. I didn’t think about maybe your feelings I was just in a bubble. I didn’t think about things in the bathroom like shower gel.’
Kate replied: ‘You hadn’t moved anything we had this whirlwind romance, it was all lovely and flowers everywhere and then I stepped into your house.
‘Nothing had been removed of Rebecca’s so all of her stuff was in the same place and I was just stepping in.
‘It was really, really difficult. I felt like I was having an out of body experience. My mum thought I had lost my mind a little bit. I started to question myself, is this really what I think it was? I just didn’t even know if I was letting myself in for.’