James Lock has spoken out about Kate Wright’s relationship [Getty]
The 24-year-old The Only Way Is Essex cast member Kate Wright has been linked to the former England footballer since the pair met in Dubai at the beginning of January.
The blonde beauty and her possible beau have since been seen on numerous nights out together in London leading fans to believe that they are more than just friends.
The pair have yet to confirm their romance but it hasn’t stopped members of the TOWIE cast, including ex-boyfriend Dan Edgar, commenting on the possible new couple.
Kate and Dan dated for six years, parts of which were documented on the hit ITV show, before calling it quits last summer with fans of the show taking to Twitter to mourn their parting.
omg kate wright and dan edgar 😭
— demi mcauliffe (@demimcauliffe) December 20, 2016
Dan Edgar and Kate Wright need to just get back together already 👫🤕😭💞
— Jada✨ (@Jada_Naidu) December 19, 2016
Unsurprisingly the news is reported to have rocked Dan and fellow cast mates as, after a romantic Christmas gesture, many believed the couple may get back together.
Co-star and friend James Lock revealed to The Sun that 25-year-old Kate and 38-year-old Rio’s romance began in Dubai and has “shocked” everyone.
Kate Wright is rumoured to have met the footballer in Dubai during a holiday in January [Kate Wright/Instagram]
Kate Wright was surprised by ex boyfriend Dan Edgar during the TOWIE Christmas special [Wenn/ITVBe]
“Kate and Rio were a bit of a shock to the system for everyone. It came out of nowhere,” James admitted.
“My loyalties are with Dan; I’m on side with him. He has a lot of love for Kate and would have liked the idea of getting her back but then Kate met Rio in Dubai so he’s been left in the lurch.”
However James was also quick to state that he wished the pair luck and had no ill feeling toward Rio who is “obviously a family man”.
Kate initially flew to Dubai at the beginning of 2017 to spend time with her friends and put the turbulence of the past year to bed.
Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand are rumoured to have enjoyed several nights out together [Getty]
Kate Wright poses in bikini during Dubai holiday. [Instagram]
She hadn’t intended to meet anyone but became “smitten” with Rio and genuinely felt they have a connection, the Daily Mail reports.
However the footballer may not be as keen on a romance as the reality star.
Sources close to Rio insist the father-of-three is in “no rush” for something serious after the loss of his wife Rebecca in May 2015.
That isn’t the only reason that fans may not be hearing about the relationship on TOWIE anytime soon though.
James Lock with Kate’s ex Dan Edgar and Tommy Mallet during filming for TOWIE in Tenerife[Instagram]
Because, though James reports that it is all the set can talk about, The Sun reports that Kate has “banned any mention” of her love interest during filming.
She fears that any further media attention will put extra pressure on the relationship and could ruin it during such early stages.
“Kate has said right from the start she doesn’t want anyone name checking Rio in the show,” a source told The Sun.
“As far as she’s confirmed her new relationship has nothing to do with TOWIE and she intends to keep it that way.”