Inside Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright's rumoured love: Ex Dan Edgar and TOWIE's James Lock speak out

Kate Wright is rumoured to be dating footballer Rio Ferdinand [Wenn]

The Only Way Is Essex star Kate Wright has been linked to footballer Rio Ferdinand, with reports of their ‘romance’ surfacing last month. 

While it’s only rumoured, Kate’s TOWIE co-star James Lock has commented, as has her ex boyfriend Dan Edgar. 

The pair split last summer after six years together, with Dan leaving TOWIE fans in tears with a romantic gesture to win her back at Christmas. 

However it seems like Kate has properly moved on. 

Rio Ferdinand has been spending time with the TOWIE beauty [Getty]

Here’s everything we know so far about her rumoured romance…

Growing close 

Kate and Rio are thought to have met through mutual friends. 

It was first reported they were ‘getting close’ last month. 

Kate’s been single since splitting from on-off boyfriend Dan Edgar, and Rio – who has a net worth of a reported $75million – hasn’t dated much since the tragic death of his wife Rebecca in 2015. 

Kate Wright has reportedly been getting ‘close’ to Rio [Kate Wright/Instagram]

While she’s said to be ‘smitten’, he’s said to be taking it slow for the sake of his three children. 

A source told The Sun: “Rio and Kate have enjoyed spending time with each other with other friends.

“There’s a real connection there but Rio is in no rush to turn this into a serious relationship.”

Dan Edgar breaks his silence 

TOWIE’s Dan Edgar spoke out after the reports emerged.

Dan Edgar has spoken out about Kate Wright’s rumoured romance [Wenn ]

The reality star recently admitted that he’ll always have feelings for the blonde beauty, but has since changed his mind after learning of her new rumoured romance.

“I didn’t think he would be her type at all,” Dan said of the footballer.

“I know I’ve made mistakes in the past but I feel disappointed.”

TOWIE cast ‘shock’ 

Dan Edgar’s TOWIE mate James Lock has spoken out and described the rumoured relationship between the blonde beauty and the former footballer as a “shock” for the cast. 

James Lock, pictured with Kate Wright, Danielle Armstrong, Chloe Sims, Chloe Lewis and Dan Edgar, has spoken out [Wenn]

Danielle Armstrong’s ex boyfriend had a lot to say about the rumoured relationship, slamming his co-star for leaving his friend “in the lurch”.

James said: “Kate and Rio were a bit of a shock to the system for everyone. 

“It came out of nowhere. My loyalties are with Dan; I’m on side with him.”

James continued to The Sun: “He [Dan] 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.”

Keeping the relationship under wraps 

Kate Wright wants to keep her relationship private [Instagram]

Despite starring in the ITVBe show, Kate has vowed to leave Rio out of filming, and won’t even speak about him.

‘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.’

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