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TOWIE star Kate Wright spotted with Rio Ferdinand after quitting show

Kate Wright announced she was taking an extended break from TOWIE earlier this week.

The Only Way Is Essex's Kate Wright has been seen with rumoured boyfriend Rio Ferdinand for the first time, shortly after announcing a break from the show.

The blonde beauty announced that she will be taking an "extended break" from the ITVBe programme as reports emerged that she had made the decision in order to focus entirely on her romance with widowed footballer Rio.

"Kate has informed producers that she may take an extended break after filming for this series wraps," a spokesperson for the show confirmed to MailOnline. "We fully support this decision and will keep in close contact with Kate so we can mutually decide if and when a return is appropriate... We wish her well in her future projects."

Kate added to The Sun: "I am taking a long break from the show to focus on my new business ventures and an exciting bikini range.”

Following the news, Kate was seen out and about in Essex with Rio on Thursday (20Apr17). The 25-year-old star wore an all-black ensemble of a vest top and leggings as she appeared to be heading to the gym, while Rio followed behind carrying a suit bag.

According to reports, the new couple - who were first linked in January (17) - met up for a string of dates during Kate's recent trip to Dubai.

"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," a source told MailOnline.

Kate's most famous relationship has been with her TOWIE co-star Dan Edgar, who she split from in 2016 after six years together on and off, while Rio has been single since wife Rebecca died in 2015 at the age of 34 following a battle with cancer.

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