KATE Ferdinand made the most of the sunshine yesterday as she posed for a glowing snap on Instagram.
Kate, 29, stood by a window as the sun lit up her face, as she wore her hair tied back and minimal make-up, including a sweep of lipgloss and blusher.
The ex Towie star captioned her pic: “What a beautiful day …. ☀️”
Kate appeared in good spirits after a difficult day last week, when she was forced to hit back at trolls who an “offensive” claim that she could love her baby son Cree MORE than her step-children.
Although Cree is Kate’s first biological child, the beauty was already step-mum to Rio’s three children with late wife Rebecca; 14-year-old Lorenz, 12-year-old Tate, and nine-year-old Tia.
The former Towie favourite admitted she is asked about the difference in her love for the four children “a lot” as she addressed the issue in an Instagram Q&A last night.
One well-meaning follower had asked: “Do you love your own child a lot more than step-children? I fear this will happen to me.”
Kate reassured the fan: “People ask me this a lot, and I can only speak for myself as everyone is different…
“I love all four children equally and I will never see any difference between my biological and non biological children.”
Kate went on to add: “Lorenz, Tate, and Tia taught me what it feels like to love a child way before I had Cree.
“We worked so hard as a family to get to where we are now, and I take huge offence if anyone even suggests I would love Cree more than them.
“We have been through A LOT as a family, and that I believe has cemented my love for them so deep that the fact we are not blood is not important.”
The star has been open about her relationship with her step-children ever since she started dating Rio in 2017 – two years after Rebecca’s death.
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In 2018, Kate admitted the kids used to tell friends she was their “aunt” when she picked them up from school at the beginning.
She added at the time: “Rebecca is their mum. You only have one and she is irreplaceable.”
Rio also asked his children’s permission to start a romance with Kate, and they played a key role in his 2018 proposal and the couple’s 2019 wedding.