Kate Wright has opened up on her decision to leave The Only Way Is Essex back in 2017, revealing the real reason she opted for a life away from the spotlight.
After her relationship with now-husband Rio Ferdinand was revealed, Kate decided to leave the show which she had appeared on for two years.
Speaking about her decision, the 28-year-old revealed that it “wasn’t healthy” for Rio’s three children, Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and Tia, eight, to be reading headlines about her.
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Speaking to The Times, Kate explained: “I just realised I couldn't be a good stepmum and be on a TV show full of little disputes and arguments and be out of the house six days a week.
“It wasn't healthy for the children to read headlines about me.”
Kate started dating Rio in 2017, two years after his wife Rebecca Ellison tragically passed away from breast cancer.
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Prior to Rio, the former reality star was in a relationship with her TOWIE co-star Dan Edgar for six years, with their relationship playing out on the ITVBe show.
Kate revealed at the time of leaving the show that she no longer wanted her private life to be on TV.
She said in a statement: “I’m taking a step back from the public eye, I want to keep my life private as I lived my previous relationship on TOWIE, my priority right now is Rio and the family.”
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It comes after the fitness fanatic opened up on becoming a step-mum following her lavish wedding to Rio in Turkey last year.
Revealing that she struggled to balance life at home, Kate opened up on her new life.
"Simple things like I forgot to cut their toenails. I was so busy trying to do everything perfectly and someone pointed out they needed their toenails cut. Or cooking,” she explained.
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“I couldn't cook very well when I met Rio and the kids. I would burn everything," she confesses.
"I would go, 'Is it nice?' and they would say, 'Not really.'"
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