The British footballer and his family were holidaying in Abu Dhabi 

This weekend famous international footballer Rio Ferdinand, 39, proposed to his girlfriend Kate Wright, 27, in one of the sweetest ways possible. The couple were on holiday in the UAE capital, along with Rio’s three children Lorenz, Tia, and Tate. On the final night of the holiday, the football legend took Kate and his children to the helipad on top of the St Regis Abu Dhabi where they had been staying, before getting down on one knee.


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The rooftop of the five star hotel has one of the most romantic views in Abu Dhabi, overlooking the city’s skyline and corniche. Rio posted about the proposal afterwards on social media, writing “She said yes!” He also revealed that his children had known about the proposal beforehand, continuing: “How these 3 kids kept it a secret I’ll never know.” Meanwhile, Kate posted on her social media “The perfect end to our holiday … How could the answer not be yes.”

Rio Ferdinand

Rio’s youngest son Tate and daughter Tia gasped whilst their father proposed to their future stepmother, before running to hug the couple along with older brother Lorenz.

Rio Ferdinand

Rio was previously married to Rebecca Ellison, the mother of his three children, who sadly died of breast cancer aged 34 in 2015. Rio and Kate first started dating in early 2017, whilst Kate was a star on reality British TV show The Only Way Is Essex. 

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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