Rio Ferdinand has been adamant to keep his private life with newborn son Cree private since his wife Kate gave birth to him just two weeks before Christmas.
But it seems the former professional footballer is finally ready to give the public a sneak peak at his little boy as he shared a sweet photo on his Instagram.
The rare snap sees the doting dad, who is also father to Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and nine year old Tia, sitting on a brown-beige armchair as he cradles the one month old.
The 42 year old and little Cree wore matching outfits for the picture as Rio donned a taupe T-shirt and jogging bottoms with a pair of personalised slippers while his son wore a taupe-coloured babygrow with white socks.
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In the caption, Rio told his 4.5million fans: “Father & Son matching up day!! 1st of many #fatherandson,” [sic] followed by a rolling eyes emoji.
Many of his followers couldn’t help but gush over the pair as one person wrote: “So cute big love to you too x,” [sic] as a second chimed: “Absolutely gorgeous picture,” with two pink heart emojis.
Another joked: “Stop sitting about Rio get him training United need a new centre back,” with a baby emoji and football emoji. While others called them “adorable” and “gorgeous” as they sat together in their Kent home.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for Rio though as his other half Kate, 29, recently shared a brutally honest online post about her first weeks of motherhood.
“I’ve always been super emotional – whatever I’m feeling, everyone always knows. I like to wear my heart on my sleeve,” she said.
“Since giving birth, my emotions are still all over the place. I cry often – I feel so happy with our beautiful new addition but often have moments of feeling overwhelmed. I don’t know whether I’m coming or going most days.”
Along with the heightened emotions being a new mum can bring, the ex-TOWIE star confessed that being in lockdown has made it even more difficult.
Sharing a note from her stepchildren on Instagram which read, “Pls stop crying I love u,” [sic] she wrote alongside, “Just when I thought the screaming baby would drown out the sound of my tears, I get this through the door as if I wasn’t emotional enough.”
While she acknowledged she’s “blessed” to have husband Rio and their family, Kate said, “Some moments I’m feeling amazing and full of love, but I’m too often left feeling low, like I can’t escape. I’m not sure if this is the after effects of an emergency c section or the stress of another lockdown – maybe it’s even a mix of both.”
She went on to admit she’s been feeling like a “robot going through the same routine daily”, explaining, “A mix of the new baby, lockdown, kids at home and lack of sleep have well and truly got me.”
She added, “My emotions and anxiety are at an all time high. All my coping mechanisms I’ve learnt over the years to keep my anxiety at bay I can’t utilise. A workout, a long walk, some alone time.”
Kate’s followers were quick to praise her for being open about her struggles. Presenter Fearne Cotton said, “A powerful, important message Kate. None of us should be breezing through this. It’s a big daily challenge. Thank you for sharing. So much love to you.”
Her former TOWIE co-star Danielle Armstrong added, “A post that so many of us can relate to. You can only do your best and that’s more then enough. Sending you lots of love darling.”