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Rio and Kate Ferdinand announce ‘devastating’ loss of unborn second baby

"Unfortunately, sometimes life just doesn't go as we plan."

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 28th July 2022

Rio Ferdinand and his wife Kate say they are “absolutely devastated” to announce the loss of their unborn second baby.

The former Manchester United and England footballer, and his former reality TV star wife already share a son, Cree, who was born in December 2020, and were due to welcome their second child together, but Kate confirmed in a post shared to her 1.4 million Instagram followers that sadly no heartbeat was found during the 12-week scan.

Kate said she was “heartbroken” at the loss.

Alongside a black and white photo of her legs resting on the edge of a hospital bed, Mrs Ferdinand wrote on Instagram: “The last time I was in this hospital I was having Cree, but this time it was because our baby had no heartbeat in our 12 week scan and I had to have surgery.

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“We were so excited and planning a space for our new baby in our family, we just couldn’t wait to share our news with you all.

“But unfortunately sometimes life just doesn’t go as we plan.”

Kate Ferdinand shared the loss of the couple’s unborn child in a post to Instagram / Credit: Kate Ferdinand (via Instagram)

She added that she was “grateful” for the hugs she received from her “bigger babies” when she returned home.

Her statement concluded: “So much to say, but somehow I can’t find the words.

“Absolutely devastated and heartbroken… but couldn’t be more grateful for the hugs I got from my bigger babies coming through the door when we arrived home.”

The 31-year-old, who found fame on reality show The Only Way is Essex, married former footballer and current TV pundit, podcast host, and social content creator Rio Ferdinand, 43, back in September 2019, and the couple welcomed their first child together in December 2020.

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Mrs Ferdinand has already spoken publicly and detailed her “traumatic” experience undergoing an emergency C-section when announcing the birth of her first son.

“It’s a whirlwind I just wasn’t expecting… but at the same time the most perfect whirlwind,” she said.

Rio also has three children from his former relationship with his first wife Rebecca Ellison – who died of breast cancer in 2015.

Featured Image – BBC & Kate Ferdinand (via Instagram)