Rio Ferdinand Admits Being Alcoholic After Wife’s Death

Rio Ferdinand has revealed he turned to alcohol following the death of his wife Rebecca, aged 34, after experiencing 'guilt' that she died and not him.

Breaking down during filming for his one-off BBC documentary, the former England footballer admitted he relied on drinking in the middle of the night to get through the grief of losing his other half to breast cancer in March 2015.

Difficult: Rio Ferdinand has revealed he turned to alcohol following the death of his wife Rebecca, aged 34

In tandem with the documentary, the 38-year-old - who is now a single-parent to their three children Lorenz, 10, Tate, eight, and Tia, five - told Radio Times this week about how he is struggling to adapt to parenting without his late partner.

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