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Kate Ferdinand has hit back at a troll who slammed her for calling her husband Rio Ferdinand's children her "family."
The 29 year old, who is currently pregnant with her first child, is step mum to the three children Rio shared with his late wife, Rebecca Ellison.
Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine, have warmly embraced Kate joining their family, pleading with their dad to propose to Kate before he popped the question.
Following the pair's lavish Turkey wedding last year, the trio were clearly overjoyed when former The Only Way Is Essex star Kate told them she was expecting her and Rio's first child together.
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She recently took to social media to share a gorgeous throwback image of herself swimming in the sea on a past holiday before England went into the second national lockdown.
The stunner wrote to her 1.3million Instagram followers: "One of my favourite days of this year, out at sea with the family …. no worries, happy & stress free."
However, one of the former reality star's followers wasn't too happy with Kate for labelling the children as her "family".
She wrote: "Ooof. Rebeccas family. I'm all for stepmoms etc. And you've stepped into a massive hole. But those kids are Rebeccas. And they'll not thank you for saying otherwise [sic].
"Apart from that you are a lovely lovely girl. But, those wedding letters to 'your' kids was terrible. Imagine if you were her looking down, or her mum n dad… not cool [sic]."
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Whilst many of her fans jumped to her defence to reassure her she was doing "an amazing job" helping to raise the children, Kate couldn't help but send a response herself.
She wrote: "Wow. Very very narrow minded. Rebecca is there mum & forever will be – a mother can never be replaced [sic].
"But let me clarify WE ARE family, families aren’t just about blood, but who is there for us and loves us unconditionally.
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"Please think before you speak, are all foster & adopted children family less?! Of course not. Family is about love and choosing to be there for one another."
She continued: "We are family by CHOICE it’s so sad you don’t understand, let’s hope you never have to go through such heartache to get it."
Rio backed up his wife, writing underneath her message: "Well said love," alongside a red love heart emoji.
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