Rio Ferdinand has shared his struggle in raising his three children without his wife Rebecca, who sadly died from cancer in 2015. Writing a column in this week's HELLO! magazine, Rio opened up about adjusting to life as a single parent. He recalled how the first few days after his wife's death were particularly challenging.
Admitting that he was "distraught" and in a "daze of confusion", Rio wrote: "The first ten days were one of the most stressful times. Every turn I made I was getting things wrong. I'd never had to think about making lunch or even seeing the washing machine and dryer. I knew what they did, but not how they worked." He revealed: "When the kids were in bed I used to drink quite hard. Because I had people helping, it was almost as if I didn't have to wake up, but then I thought, 'Okay, I've got responsibilities now.'"
Rio Ferdinand's wife Rebecca died in 2015
The former England football captain, 38, admitted that taking his children Lorenz, ten, Tate, eight, and five-year-old Tia to school was "tough". He wrote: "We men are quite ignorant about women who stay at home and look after the family; we see that as not being a job. But it's a hard job. I always used to take my kids to school if I was there, but would wake up ten minutes before we had to go and they were already showered, fed and dressed; all I had to do was put them in the car and drive them there."
Rio has been raising their three children as a single dad
He continued: "When the kids returned to school, I woke up in the morning, scrambling around the house. It was the first time they'd ever been late. They said: 'Mum wouldn't do this.'"
Pick up this week's issue of HELLO! magazine out now for the full comment piece.
Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad is on BBC1 on Tuesday 28 March at 9pm.