Kate Ferdinand has confirmed the loss of her unborn second child with husband Rio, 12 weeks after a previously unannounced pregnancy.
The former TV personality, 31, shared the news in a short post Wednesday night with Instagram followers, many of whom were unaware of her pregnancy.
Kate, already a parent of 20-month-old son Cree with Manchester United and English legend Rio, revealed she was hospitalized after a routine scan failed to detect the baby’s heartbeat.
Devastated: Kate Ferdinand has confirmed loss of her unborn second child with husband Rio, 12 weeks after previously unannounced pregnancy
She wrote: ‘The last time I was in this hospital I was given Cree, but this time it was because our baby had no heartbeat during our 12 week scan and I had to have surgery.
“We were so excited and are planning a space for our new baby in our family, we couldn’t wait to share our news with all of you but unfortunately sometimes life just doesn’t go the way we plan.
“So much to say, but somehow I can’t find the words. Absolutely devastated and heartbroken…but I couldn’t be more grateful for the hugs I got from my big(er) babies who came through the door when we got home.”
Former The Only Way Is Essex co-stars Samantha Faiers and Chloe Lewis were quick to send their support in the comments, with Samantha writing: ‘This is heartbreaking, I send you lots of love and strength.’ (sic)
Chloe added: ‘Sending my love to you,’ while ex Geordie Shore star Vicki Pattison said she was so sorry.
Couple: In June, Kate was said to be ‘torn up’ over her decision to have another child with Manchester United and English legend Rio, 18 months after they welcomed their son Cree
Support: Hours later on Instagram, former Coronation Street actress Michelle tenderly wrote, “Sorry Kate. I send you so much love’ because she was accompanied by many famous friends
Kate, who appeared on Instagram in June, – who did not announce her pregnancy publicly – gave no indication that she was carrying a child as she posed for selfies in a bralet and miniskirt.
The former TOWIE cast member shared the photos on a dinner date with her mother Jacqueline and her son, along with the caption: “A fantastic time spent with family and friends.”
Earlier that month, she was said to have been “torn” over her decision to have another child with Rio, 18 months after they welcomed Cree.
A source revealed to Heat magazine at the time: “Kate really struggled with having a newborn. But as the kids get older, she starts to miss the baby stage.
Friends: Kate’s former TOWIE co-stars were quick to offer their condolences with Lydia Bright posting heart emojis and Mario Falcone writing: ‘Sorry to hear this…sending love’
Recent post: Kate appeared on Instagram in June and – who did not announce her pregnancy publicly – gave no indication that she was carrying a child as she posed for selfies in a bralet and mini skirt
Happy times: The former TOWIE cast member shared the photos over dinner with her mother Jacqueline and her baby son
“If she has another child, she doesn’t want there to be a huge age difference. But at the same time she feels like she’s just getting her life back.’
Kate started dating footballer Rio in 2017 and they married in an extravagant wedding ceremony in Turkey in 2019.
They welcomed their first child together in December 2020, via an emergency cesarean section – with Kate later describing the ‘traumatic birth’ on Instagram.
Alongside a photo of her bruised body, she explained, “I wanted to share this with you. This is me… and I want to add that this is a much better version of me than the last 10 days.
“After an emergency cesarean section and a bit of traumatic delivery, I was completely wiped out.”
Emotional time: Kate and Rio welcomed their first son together, Cree, in December 2020, via an emergency C-section – with Kate later describing the ‘traumatic birth’ on Instagram
It is a boy! Kate and Rio shared a video about revealing their gender after publicly confirming her first pregnancy with the retired footballer
“The happiness was overwhelming, but so were the tears and emotions. I feel like I can’t do what I need to do with Cree, because I haven’t been able to change or feed him consistently, what an I feel all kinds of guilt, for Cree, Rio and that I can’t do what I normally do for the kids.
“It’s a whirlwind I just didn’t expect…but at the same time the most perfect whirlwind.”
Kate revealed she was expecting her first child in an Instagram video of the moment she told stepchildren Lorenz, 15, Tate, 13 and 11-year-old Tia about her pregnancy.
The former reality TV star is stepmother to the three children of retired football player Rio from his first marriage to Rebecca Ellison, who died in 2015 at the age of 34 after battling breast cancer.
Captioned the post, she wrote: “The crazy house is about to get a little crazier… every time I see this makes me cry, best response. Baby Ferdy, we’re all so excited to meet you.’
Kate and Rio later shared a fun collection of videos where their family discovered they were expecting a boy during a gender reveal.
Loving mom: Kate regularly shares photos of herself and son Cree with Instagram followers (pictured May 2022)
Inseparable: Kate started dating footballer Rio in 2017 and they married in 2019 in an extravagant wedding ceremony in Turkey
The reality star recently admitted that she is concerned about her stepchildren, adding that the love for a stepchild is “even more intense at times.”
According to The Sun, the podcast host detailed the “instant love” with your biological offspring before adding, “I feel like a stepchild’s love is even more intense sometimes because you’ve worked so hard to get there and I find that I am probably exaggerating everything.
“I’m so much more concerned about the big kids. There is a different kind of worry that comes with children who have lost a parent.”
The reality star began dating footballer Rio Ferdinand in 2017 – two years after Rebecca died following a battle with breast cancer.
Open: Kate is also a stepmother to Lorenz, 15, Tate, 13, and 11-year-old Tia, Rio’s three children from his first marriage to Rebecca Ellison, who died in 2015 at the age of 34 after battling breast cancer
Tragic: The reality star began dating Rio in early 2017, two years after tragically losing his wife Rebecca (pictured in 2009)
She discussed raising her blended family on the Parenting Hell podcast, describing the changing dynamics with Rio and Rebecca’s three children.
Kate insisted she never wanted to take their mother’s place and that learning about Rebecca has made her a better parent.
She said: ‘Their mother is and always will be a big part of our lives. I would never want the kids to think I’m the part of [Rebecca].
“I am a mother figure to them, but their mother is their mother. She is part of our lives. We talk about her all the time.
“It’s very strange, but I feel like I know her.”
Old times: Rachel and Rio pose together in an undated social media photo shared with the former footballer’s followers