Kate Ferdinand has set the record straight after she was asked if she loves her biological baby more than her stepchildren, saying she takes “huge offence” if people think that’s the case.
The 29-year-old is stepmum to footballer husband Rio Ferdinand’s three children from his marriage to his first wife, who died in 2015.
And in December she gave birth to the couple’s first child together, son Cree.
Kate said on Instagram that she is often asked whether she loves Cree more than Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12 and Tia, nine.
“People ask me this a lot, and I can only speak for myself as everyone is different,” she said.
“I love all 4 children equally and I will never see any difference between my biological and non-biological children.”
“Lorenz, Tate & Tia taught me what it feels like to love a child way before I had Cree,” she went on.
“We worked so hard as a family to get to where we are now and I take huge offence if anyone even suggests I would love Cree more than them.
“We have been through A LOT as a family, and that I believe has cemented my love for them so deep that the fact we are not blood is not important.”
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Rio’s first wife Rebecca died in 2015 at the age of 34 after being diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.
He and Kate started dating in 2017 and they were married in 2019.
Kate has previously said she has been targeted by trolls accusing her of being with Rio for money, and saying she doesn’t truly love his children.
She previously told Fabulous magazine: “There can be not very nice things written about my relationship with the children.
“Things like, ‘You don’t love those kids, you’re just after the money,’ and the children see that.
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“One of them is on Instagram and always wants to reply and I have to say, ‘No!’”
“It’s something we’ve had to teach the children, that not everything they read is true,” she said.
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