Rio Ferdinand: My Kids Will Not Allow Me Talk About Grief

Rio Ferdinand

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has told the BBC that his children would not talk about the death of their mother.

Rebecca Ferdinand, wife to the former Manchester United defender passed away in May 2015 after a brief battle with breast cancer and the footballer has now revealed in a new interview how her death made him wonder if he’ll ever be able to feel happy again or be able to take care of his three children – aged 10, 8 and 5.

Rio Ferdinand was speaking to 5 live ahead of a BBC One documentary about grief on Tuesday at 21:00 BST.


He told 5 live’s Emma Barnett: “I didn’t know any techniques to speak to the children. I didn’t know what buttons to push.

“I’d been starting conversations with them to try and get how they were feeling out, and they would just shut me down, walk away, close the conversation down completely.”

Ferdinand had a sucessful career at Manchester United winning the league 6 times.

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