Kate Wright has broken her silence [Kate Wright/Instagram]
The Essex beauty, who recently QUIT the reality show, has been under constant speculation that she is dating the England star for months.
And from being pictured coming out of her house, to recently being snapped walking in Essex, the genetically-blessed duo have kept particularly tight lipped on their rumoured romance.
But Kate has now taken to Instagram to post a cryptic message seemingly about the situation.
Alongside a picture simply stating: “Health and Happiness”, the blonde bombshell wrote: “So many people getting caught up in the BS.
Kate Wright broke her silence with this message [Kate Wright/Instagram ]
Kate Wright recently went to Dubai [Kate Wright/Instagram]
“Only thing that matters is… ” followed by a hand pointing to the picture.
And fans quickly rushed to the defence of Kate, with one writing: “Gurl do your thing don’t watch people there to busy watching you don’t mind them @xkatiewright,” with another – referring to her and Rio’s romance – adding: “Good luck to you both, just have fun life is to short to listen to negative comments from others.”
“Ignore them Kate. If you’re happy with Rio, let them say what they want. Half its jealously anyway. Xxx,” another fan gushed.
It comes after Kate is reported to have told friends she will no longer be involved with the ITVBe show, having joined in 2015.
Rio Ferdinand and TOWIE star Kate Wright are rumoured to be dating [Getty]
Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca Ellison sadly died after a battle with cancer [Wenn]
Part of her decision came down to the fact she no longer wanted to be involved in drama to do with her ex Dan Edgar.
A source told HeatWorld: “Kate is over Dan and doesn’t want to keep being put in scenes with him or watch him date other girls.”
A representative for Kate would not comment.
In the last week Kate has been in Dubai where she was reported to be going on secret dates with Rio, who is raising three children since the death of his wife Rebecca Ellison from cancer in 2015.
Kate Wright previously dated Dan Edgar[Getty]
A source said: “Kate was there last week and Rio happened to be there at the same time with his footballing commitments.
“They met up secretly a couple of times while they were there.”
However, her representatives did not confirm that. They said: “Kate went to Dubai for her friend’s hen party. There is no further comment.”