Kate Ferdinand glows in smiling selfie as she enjoys the sunny weather

KATE Ferdinand made the most of the sunshine yesterday as she posed for a glowing snap on Instagram.

The reality star, who welcomed her first child Cree with husband Rio Ferdinand in December, looked radiant in a photo taken at the couple's huge home in South East London.

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.

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.

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