Rio Ferdinand to Front Documentary About Life After Wife’s Death
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand will discuss the death of his wife as part of a new documentary exploring the impact on parents who lose their partners.
In 2015, Rio’s wife, Rebecca, died aged 34 after a battle with breast cancer.
The father-of-three will front the 60-minute BBC documentary as he tries to understand how widowed parents manage grief and support their children.
Rio opens up about his loss, saying: “I don’t think I’ve grieved properly.”
He adds: “I’ve not given myself that time to sit down and really flush everything out and go through it.”
The ex-Manchester United defender will discover the only way parents can help their children move on is by rebuilding their own lives first.
The film also offers a broader insight into how young husbands and fathers cope with grief and finds around 75 men under 50 become widowers every day in the UK.