Rio Ferdinand Praised By Public After Emotional Documentary Airs
Last night, a documentary regarding Rio Ferdinand and his family's struggles since the death of his wife aired.
The candid BBC programme, Being Mum and Dad, showed how he struggled to cope after being left as a lone parent to Lorenz, 10, Tate, eight, and Tia, five, after Rebecca lost her battle with breast cancer in May 2015.
In the show, former England international Rio says: "You realise playing football was a fucking walk in the park compared to telling your kids their mum isn't coming back. I've never had to do something so hard, so emotionally draining and testing.
"At the time you think, 'I'm coping'. You're sitting there, the kids are in bed, you can't sleep, but you don't want to think about anything. That's when the problems start. I never understood suicide.
"Then you sit there and you can understand how people get that low. It's a lonely, dark place. I can easily see why you just slip over that edge."
However, he explained that at the beginning he did start to have suicidal thoughts, but his kids helped him through it.
He said: "I don't like sitting in my house for days, you start going crazy. I would read papers, and see people who commit suicide and wonder how.
"But there were times at beginning, you kinda know how they feel. But when I look at my three kids, I couldn't do that to them.
"I'm not saying I've thought about it, but you sink into this place, and I'm lucky with the people I have around me - family and friends."
He explained that he's not ready to take off his wedding ring yet and that he'd attended an all-male bereavement group in his struggle to cope.
Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to send supportive messages to the former Manchester United defender.
Whatever you think of Rio Ferdinand it takes a serious set of balls to make a documentary like this! :clap::clap:
- Shaun Kelly (@shaunk2209) 28 March 2017
@rioferdy5 @BBCOne heartbreaking but inspiring. Tough work but well done from a father and his son pic.twitter.com/IOKEqpSpdG
- Darren Shea (@darrenashea) 29 March 2017
@rioferdy5 top man, role model to everyone! Great dad, respect :punch:
- Mossy (@honey_monster84) 29 March 2017
@rioferdy5 you should be so proud, we watched last night & your doing an amassing job with your kids. Total respect to you mate.
- DJ Met (@DJMet75) 29 March 2017
So much respect for @rioferdy5 for making #BeingMumAndDad had me in my feelings. Hope you and your kids come out of this stronger& better :punch::heart:
- . (@WavyAkh1) 29 March 2017
Unbelievably moving stuff from @rioferdy5.
The man's a credit to the memory of his wife. Utmost respect for him.
- ODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) 28 March 2017
Rio Ferdinand, He's class in all departments. Having the guts to document such a massive chapter in his life. Nothing but respect @rioferdy5
- #GGMU (@1878_EST) 28 March 2017
Some bollocks on Rio Ferdinand to make this documentary.
- Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) 28 March 2017
Just caught up on the @rioferdy5 prog. Tough watch. Nothing but respect for the man. :clap::punch:
- David Nutt (@Brigadier87) 29 March 2017
Fair play to the bloke.
Featured Image Credit: BBC One / Being Mum and Dad