Kate Ferdinand has opened up about hurtful claims that she might love her baby son Cree more than her three step-children Lorenz, Tate and Tia.

The 29-year-old former TOWIE star, who gave birth to her first child with Rio Ferdinand in December, branded the suggestion 'offensive' in a candid Q&A session with her fans.

Taking to social media on Wednesday evening, the reality star explained to her 1.4 million followers that she had actually been quizzed 'a lot' on this topic in the past.

In her heartwarming response, the blonde bombshell maintained that she loved all four children equally and that would never change.

Kate's reply came after a follower asked: "Do you love your own child a lot more than step-children? I fear this will happen to me."

Kate is step-mum to Rio Ferdinand's three eldest children Lorenz, Tate and Tia
Kate is step-mum to Rio Ferdinand's three eldest children Lorenz, Tate and Tia

Alongside a picture that featured Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine, cuddling their baby brother Cree, Kate opened up about how she felt.

She wrote: "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."

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Kate added: "Lorenz, Tate & Tia taught me what it feels like to love a child way before I had Cree.

The proud mum also explained that the family had 'worked hard' in order to get to where they were today.

She continued: "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.

Kate is step-mum to Rio Ferdinand's three eldest children Lorenz, Tate and Tia
Kate addressed the 'offensive' claims in a social media story on Wednesday

"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."

Kate's husband Rio shares his three eldest kids Lorenz, Tate, and Tia with his late wife Rebecca.

It was two years after Rebecca's tragic death that Rio and Kate then began a relationship in 2017.

Kate gave birth to her first child with husband Rio Ferdinand in December 2020
Kate gave birth to her first child with husband Rio Ferdinand in December 2020
Kate married Rio Ferdinand in 2019
Kate married Rio Ferdinand in 2019

The couple have been very open about their family's journey throughout the last few years, and they even featured in a BBC documentary last year called Rio and Kate: Becoming A Stepfamily.

Rio's eldest three have been very supportive of their step-mum and the family have featured in lots of cute moments on social media - including the time Kate revealed that she was pregnant.

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