There have been rumours about their romantic status for some time.
But now it seems that Rio Ferdinand‘s close friendship with TOWIE’s Kate Wright has finally progressed into romance, this week – after he was pictured leaving her home.
Photographs of the ex-footballer, 38, show him leaving the blonde beauty’s property in Brentwood, Essex, on Thursday morning after spending the previous night.
She then followed suit by emerging just a few minutes later.
If true, the romance comes after the tragic death of Rio’s wife Rebecca, who died in May 2015 from breast cancer.
A source told The Sun: “Rio went through hell when Rebecca died and he has been grieving for her for a long time, all while caring for their children. At times he has been to some very dark places.
“For a long time he couldn’t even think about the idea of another relationship. And he can’t bring himself to take off his wedding ring.
“But those closest to him are pleased to see him slowly getting closer to Kate. After everything he’s been through, he deserves to find some happiness.”
The Mirror have contacted representatives for both Rio and Kate, but are yet to receive a response.
It comes after TOWIE fans saw Kate brokenhearted at her split from co-star Dan Edgar, last summer – documented on the ITVBe series – but, in December, she admitted that she was moving on.
In a live chat with the TOWIE cast, Kate was asked about her love life – and revealed that she has been “seeing someone” since her break-up in July.
Asked whether she’d been getting smoochy with anyone, she blushed and said: “No, not just a kiss. I’ve been dating, out and about – you know, that sort of stuff.
“I have got with one guy since breaking up with Dan.”
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