Rio Ferdinand and wife Kate share first snap of newborn as pair unveil baby name

Rio Ferdinand and wife Kate Wright

Rio Ferdinand has welcomed his second child with wife Kate Ferdinand

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 18/07/2023

- 10:08

Updated: 18/07/2023

- 10:45

The former England footballer tied the knot with reality TV star Kate Ferdinand back in 2019

Kate and Rio Ferdinand announced they'd welcomed their second child in a sweet Instagram post on Monday.

The duo, who already share son Cree, two, gave their followers a first glimpse of the newborn as well as revealed the name they'd opted for.

Kate captioned the snap, in which husband Rio was tagged, with the words: "Shae Ferdinand, 10.7.23, Our strong little girl."

The former TOWIE star also included a number of love heart emojis in her caption.

Shae is Rio and Kate's second child while the former Manchester United centre back is also the father to children Lorenz, Tate and Tia from his marriage to Rebecca Ellison.

Kate Ferdinand shares first photo of daughter Shea

Kate and Rio Ferdinand took to Instagram to share the first snap of newborn daughter Shea


Rebecca tragically died at the age of 34 following a battle with breast cancer in 2015.

After sharing the news of their baby's arrival, Kate and Rio were soon inundated with congratulatory messages from a number of famous faces.

Reacting to the Instagram post, TOWIE star Ferne McCann complimented the two on their name choice, as she penned: "Congratulations! I love her name."

While former Dancing on Ice contestant Billie Shepherd echoed: "Congratulations to you all," followed by a series of love heart emojis.

Meanwhile, ex-Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent was another celebrity to share their well wishes as she commented: "Congratulations."

And fellow TOWIE star Georgia Kousoulou weighed in: "Awwwww congratulations," followed by crying and love heart emojis.

Megan McKenna, who fans will remember from TOWIE and Celebrity Big Brother, concurred: "Congratulations to you all." (sic)

Kate and Rio's romance first began back in early 2017 although the pair didn't go public until a few months later.

In 2019, the duo tied the knot and just one year later announced they were expecting first child, Cree.

Then in January 2023, the news came that the pair were expecting their second child - six months after Kate had suffered a miscarriage.

Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand at the BAFTAs

Kate and Rio Ferdinand have been together since 2017


While undoubtedly overjoyed that Shea has arrived, Kate and Rio have been very vocal about how preparations for the tot's birth didn't always go to plan.

Discussing their gender reveal party, Rio divulged on Kate's Blended podcast: "It was a typical Ferdinand household gender reveal - it all went wrong.

"We were all getting ready to take the second bite of the second cupcake, and it was definitely going to be the pink or blue when you bite it.

"Cree couldn't wait and went to bite it before we were all ready, and then Tate went, 'No, no, no' and then scared the life out of him."

The moment left Cree "screaming" the house down following the mishap.

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