Who is Kate Wright, when was her wedding to Rio Ferdinand and why did she leave TOWIE?

KATE Wright quit The Only Way Is Essex in 2017 after starting a relationship with former Manchester United and England star, Rio Ferdinand.

Fast-froward two years and the couple are now married after getting hitched in Turkey in front of 180 friends and family. Here's everything you need to know.

When did Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand get married?

The couple jetted out to the D Maris Bay hotel in Marmaris, Turkey, in the last week of September 2019.

Ex-footballer Rio and the reality star kicked off celebrations on September 26 with a pre-wedding party for their high-profile guests.

The big day then followed the next afternoon with Rio's daughter playing the important role of Maid of Honour.

Loved-up Rio and Kate ended their epic three-day celebrations at the £4000 a night hotel with a pool party.

When did Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand start dating?

In January 2017, The Sun exclusively revealed Kate and former footballer Rio enjoyed a number of nights out together and he was pictured leaving her home.

Kate banned any mention of Rio's name from the new series of Towie and told bosses she has no intention of using their relationship to increase her camera time.

Kate's pal Chloe initially confirmed her friend is "head over heels" in love with the footballer in a video post.

In July 2017, Rio lost his mother Janice St Fort to cancer and Kate was on hand to support him.

In November 2018, the couple announced that they were engaged after Rio popped the question during a family holiday in Abu Dhabi.

The Sun exclusively revealed Kate's huge '£400k' diamond engagement ring for the first time since Rio Ferdinand's romantic proposal.

How is Kate Wright playing a key role in Rio's family life?

In July 2017, Kate was seen out and about with Rio's children before introducing the ex-footballer to her mum.

Kate also joined Rio's sister Sian to compete in Race For Life in July after Rio and Sian's mother Janice passed away from cancer.

The Sun exclusively revealed Kate was QUITTING the showbiz life to become a full-time mum to Rio's brood – Lorenz, Tate and Tia.

She said: “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.”

Kate will now no longer be working with her showbiz agent as she turns her back on the industry, also cutting ties with several brands.

On Mother's Day 2018, Kate uploaded a touching tribute to Rio's children saying she was "overwhelmed with emotion" that they had to spend the day without their mother, Rebecca.

What did Kate Wright do for her hen party?

Kate enjoyed a raucous hen party in Mykonos in June 2019 – just over seven months from getting engaged.

Kate – who got engaged to Rio Ferdinand in November 2018 – showed off her incredible figure in a variety of skimpy bikinis while on the trip.

Earlier in the week, for day three of her hen, Kate opted for a metallic bikini, which she accessorised with a silver headband, while her pals dressed all in white.

While day two saw her don a white chained two piece, and an embellished crown to celebrate her upcoming nuptials.

But Kate's hen hasn't been just civilised pyjama parties, as she was treated to a raunchy lapdance from a friend on one evening out. 

Another evening saw Kate fall into a fit of hysterical laughter as her hens wore masks of Rio's face and chanted "Ferdinand put a ring on her hand".

Who did Kate Wright date before Rio Ferdinand?

Kate met Dan Edgar on holiday in Ibiza in 2010 and they got together when they got back home to Essex.

But in 2014, fed up with working as an electrician, he took a role on Towie which led to him ending their relationship.

Kate joined in 2015 and had to see him date cast members Lauren Pope and Jessica Wright before they reconciled and then split up for good.

Opening up about why the relationship didn't work on the show, Kate said at the time:  "We went to Mexico and we had the most amazing holiday but… you know it just felt like we were friends."

Dan added: "I feel like our relationship was like we'd been married for 30 years and we got on each other's nerves. I cant believe it's come to this, I genuinely thought we'd be together for the rest of our lives."

When did Kate join Towie?

Kate joined the cast of The Only Way is Essex in 2015 along with her friend Mike Hassini.

Her first appearance on screen was during the Marbella special when she strode out in a bikini.

Having grown up in Essex, she was already good friends with cast members Chloe Lewis and Gemma Collins.

She quit the show in April 2017 after starting a romance with former footballer Rio Ferdinand.

What does Kate do now?

Kate has stepped away from the limelight to be a mum to fiance Rio's three children.

She is still something of a social media sensation and her Instagram account has more than 900,000 followers.

You can also find her in the gym five days a week after she admitted she has to work hard to maintain her incredible figure.

Rio and Kate have also taken to posting pictures of themselves training in his and her exercise outfits.

What is Kate Wright's backstory?

Kate was born on June 3, 1991, in Essex.

Despite the surname, she is no relation to former Towie stars, siblings Mark and Jessica Wright.

She used to work as a business support manager for a big team in a bank before reality TV fame beckoned.

Kate has previously admitted she goes to the gym five days a week to maintain her toned physique and she has been working out hard with Rio Ferdinand's trainer.

On November 1, 2018, Kate announced she had got engaged to Rio after he popped the question on top of a skyscraper on a family holiday in Abu Dhabi.

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