There was glam and glitz a-plenty at this year’s BAFTA awards but the moment of the night had to be Rio Ferdinand’s acceptance speech when he scooped the gong for Best Documentary.
Rio’s BBC film, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, proved to be an incredibly difficult watch – as the former footballing star invited audiences into his life after the passing of his beloved late wife and mother of his three children Rebecca Ellison, who very sadly lost her battle to cancer in 2015.
But the difficult subject matter of Rio’s film clearly didn’t faze him as he collected the award with pose, dignity and spoke from the heart.
After noting that he wasn’t quite used to making speeches after accepting trophies, Rio told the audience that the project had been for his children: “I didn’t do this for any other reason than my three kids. The worst thing to come out of this is I get quite emotional now”.
Expanding, Rio added: “It’s allowed me to kind of speak and show vulnerability that people are probably not used to – being a sportsman, you’re built up as an indestructible athlete.”
Appearing visually emotional, Rio continued by saying:”‘I’m just pleased to say that this documentary has played a part in propelling me forward into a period of happiness in my life now where my kids are very happy.”
Wrapping up the emotional speech, the 39-year-old then shouted out to his girlfriend and former TOWIE star Kate Wright: “I’ve got a beautiful girlfriend now and we are making steps in the right direction”.
Fans were very quick to reach out to Rio with kind words for his win, with messages reading things such as: ‘I loved the documentary that Rio Ferdinand did. I’m so pleased that won’.
Some viewers were so moved they ended up in tears!
The BAFTAs marked Rio and Kate’s first ever red carpet appearance together since they began dating in January 2017. And the pair seemed more loved up than ever with Rio turning to give Kate a kiss before going to collect his award.
And its fair to say the duo absolutely picked the right day for their debut. Just look how divine they both look!
Matching Rio’s classic monochrome suit combo, Kate opted for a white lace floor-length gown – which she paired with a clean up-do and minimal makeup.
Congrats on the very well deserved win, Rio!