Rio Ferdinand just PROPOSED to Kate Wright in the cutest way

Rio Ferdinand & Kate Wright

by Alex Ross |
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STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING! After a year of celebs splits that has left us thinking love is dead, former England footballer Rio Ferdinand just melted our hearts as he's PROPOSED to former TOWIE star Kate Wright.

The couple, who have been dating since January 2017, announced their wonderful news on social media, with Rio revealing the super CUTE way he popped the question. Sharing a snap of the moment, which took place on the roof of the The St. Regis hotel in Abu Dhabi, Rio's three children were also involved.

He wrote, 'She said yes 💍 ❤️ How these 3 kids kept it a secret I’ll never know 🤷🏽‍♂️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤'. [sic]

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Alison King

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Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright

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Rio proposes to Kate
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Fans of the loved-up pair were quick to comment on the snap. One user wrote, 'Wow! A massive congratulations to you both', with another adding, 'Congratulations! Best wishes to all of you!! 🖤🤘🎊💕'. [sic]

Rio later shared more photos from the cute moment, showing his three children hugging the couple just moments after the proposal.

Kate posted the same set of photos to her own Instagram page, writing, 'The perfect end to our holiday ... How could the answer not be yes ❤️❤️.'

Rio, 39, lost his wife Rebecca at the age of 34 in May 2015, when she lost her battle with breast cancer. Rebecca left behind her three children, Tate, Tia and Lorenz.

After her death, Rio admitted Rebecca's dying wish was for him to be happy and find love again, as she didn't want him 'alone and miserable'.

After going public with her relationship with Rio last year, in September Kate revealed she had made the decision to move away from the world of TV.

She said, "I'm taking a step back from the public eye. I want to keep my life private. My priority right now is Rio and the family."

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