James Corden and Russell Brand join celebrities in thanking Rio Ferdinand for documentary
A whole host of celebrities took to Twitter last night to praise Rio Ferdinand on his moving documentary.
The former footballer’s documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, aired on BBC One last night (Tuesday) and moved many viewers at home. The short film saw Rio talk openly and honestly about his grieving process following the passing of his wife Rebecca, who died from breast cancer in 2015. The 38-year-old addressed the difficulties of expressing his emotions as well as the challenges he faced as a widowed parent.
The emotional piece became difficult to watch at times, especially when Rio admitted that during his darkest hours his three children kept him from taking his own life.
He said: “There were times at the 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.”
Many celebrities later took to Twitter, with the likes of Russell Brand, James Corden and Gary Lineker thanking Rio for the “beautiful” and “brave” documentary.
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) March 28, 2017
— James Corden (@JKCorden) March 28, 2017
Total respect to @rioferdy5 for his documentary tonight on BBC1. Moving and informative and something that will help others I am sure
— John Bishop (@JohnBishop100) March 28, 2017
I have so much respect for @rioferdy5 to talk about such a raw subject as to highlight it for all to see was brave! well done mate! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Elliott Wright (@elliottwright_) March 28, 2017
I have no words for the admiration I have for you or the bravery you are showing everyday @rioferdy5 my heart goes out to you. Inspiring
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) March 28, 2017
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 27, 2017
Huge respect to @rioferdy5 for being so open and honest 👊🏽
— Mario Falcone (@Mario_Falcone) March 28, 2017
watched being mum and dad with @rioferdy5
Heartbreaking! really gets me when I see another man cry.
Sure there r many in that position. X
— Howard Donald (@HowardDonald) March 28, 2017
— Calum Best Official (@CalumBest) March 28, 2017
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 28, 2017
The documentary ended with a touching clip of Rio with his children as they drew pictures and wrote messages about Rebecca before putting them into a memory jar.
“I wanted to help myself to open up, to help my children, to then help other people,” Rio explained when talking about his objective with the programme.
“I didn’t do this for sympathy, I did this to help other people talk, and I learned along the journey that talking is so important, and talking wasn’t really part of my make-up emotionally.
“But my children need to see me talk, to feel my emotion – and I’ve learned that talking doesn’t make the pain go away but it helps.”