Viewers commended Rio and Kate Ferdinand for their moving documentary which details the challenges of a modern stepfamily ensconced in grief.
In the poignant BBC One film, Kate spoke of the struggles she faced adapting to life with Rio's three children following the death of their mother Rebecca to cancer in 2015.
She and former footballer Rio - who began dating in 2017 before marrying last year - let cameras into their home to document their life as they deal with bereavement and become a family unit.
It's estimated that 1 in 3 of all families in the UK are now stepfamilies.
Former reality TV star Kate was emotional as she revealed she felt like she was grieving for someone she didn't know, after taking on "Rio and the children's emotion" with their loss of Rebecca to breast cancer.
Fans praised the ex-TOWIE star for being a strong and supportive parental figure to her three stepchildren, who appeared in the documentary with their faces obscured to protect their identity.
Fearne Cotton, who is stepmother to husband Jesse Wood's two children, wrote on Twitter: "What an incredible documentary Rio and Kate. Such honesty and courage. As a step parent of nearly 9 years now it was so good to hear this subject talked about thoroughly. What a beautiful family you are."
"That was so different to the documentary he did a few years ago when they were all deep in grief and no one spoke about it," one viewer tweeted. "Their lives are so much brighter now. Any Mum would want a Kate for their children, she’s amazing."
Another added: "Very emotional documentary... Well done Kate for being a strong woman and helping to bring up three kids."
Many viewers said they were moved to tears by the documentary, which featured difficult scenes including Kate taking the children to their mother's grave on Mother's Day.
Cried my eyes out at #rioandkate 😢 Kate is amazing 🙌❤️— Grace Olivia X (@gracefosterx) February 11, 2020
The Rio and Kate documentary is one of the most moving things I've seen for a long time #rioandkatebecomingastepfamily— Jack Chesterman (@jchesterman93) February 11, 2020
Sobbing at Rio and Kate, what strong people they are ❤️— sophia (@phiaLx) February 11, 2020
I am in absolute tears at this Rio and Kate Ferdinand documentary and we’re only 13 minute in😭 help— Nadine Locke🧚🏻♀️ (@nadinelocke_) February 10, 2020
Former footballer Rio previously opened up about his grief for his late wife in his 2017 BAFTA winning documentary Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad.
Rio and Kate Ferdinand: Becoming a Stepfamily is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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