Rio Ferdinand reveals what Christmas is really like with Kate Wright and says they watch TV in their PJs like everyone else

The former footballer, 40, says the family likes to chill out over the Festive period – and they spend it in their pyjamas like everyone else.

Speaking on an ad for BT, he said: "At Christmastime… you're just chilling.

"Now I've retired, I indulge. I'd love to sit here and say I'm in charge of the remote.

"But Kate and the kids do take control.

"Being at home with the family… quality time. All cosy, in our pyjamas, around the TV – can't beat it."

Kate and Rio live with his kids near London, and he recently put his old mansion in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, up for sale at £4.5million.

The TV pundit had already cut the price to £3million but is so keen to start afresh with new love Kate Wright that it’s now on the market for £2million.

A source said: “This house holds many happy memories. But Rio’s life is in London and he’s trying to move on.

“He got engaged to Kate recently with the blessing of his children and there is no need for them to keep hold of this place 200 miles away.”

Rio made a BBC documentary after wife Rebecca’s death which followed him for a year afterwards as he tried to come to terms with the loss and its effects on him and his children.

The programme – called Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad – won a BAFTA.

After Rebecca passed away, he released a heartbreaking statement saying: “My soul mate slipped away last night.

“Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

“She was a fantastic loving mother to our three beautiful children.

"She will be missed as a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter.

“She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.”

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