Rio Ferdinand says he and Kate are ‘delighted’ with son Cree and gushes over being a dad

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Rio Ferdinand has opened up on being a dad to baby son Cree and said he's "delighted" with the family's newest addition.

Former professional footballer Rio, 42, became a dad again at the end of last year as his wife Kate, 30, gave birth to their first child.

Rio is also dad to Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and 10 year old Tia from his marriage to his late wife Rebecca Ellison.

Kate and Rio's son Cree came into the world in December last year, shortly before the UK was plunged into another lockdown.

Months on, the dad-of-four has revealed that the lockdown has made him closer to his family.

In an interview with Notebook magazine, Rio was quizzed on if he feels his family "feels complete" following the birth of Cree.

Rio, who recently revealed he is a strict parent, revealed: "I've never looked at it like that.

"We've just added another special component."


And, when asked how his son Cree is doing, Rio explained: "He's great. We're all delighted and happy. Having a lockdown baby means you're there a lot more as a parent.

"You can't go out and work as you would before, which has been great. He's been a great addition to our family."

Rio, who's wife Kate recently shared a sweet snap of Cree in an England football kit, also opened up on how the lockdowns had unexpected perks.

He said: "There are obviously a lot of negatives that have come with the pandemic and different families have gone through different things.

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"We've tried to draw on the positives and I think that's been the ability to spend more time together and get to understand each other more.

"We all lead busy lives, whether that's the children with their clubs after school or us with our work. So we've been able to do lots more stuff together, from walking the dogs to making sure that the kids got all their chores under control."

It comes after Rio revealed he locks the sweet cupboard in his home to stop his kids from binging on junk food.

He explained: “My boys love sweets, so if there’s sweets about… I actually put a lock on the cupboard door.”

Rio continued: “I’d come down at a certain time and wrappers would be everywhere.”

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