Rio Ferdinand says he dyes his grey facial hair but insists he's not 'ashamed' of the ageing process

‘I’m like a Dalmatian, I don’t like it!’ Rio Ferdinand reveals he dyes his grey facial hair but insists he’s not ‘ashamed’ of the ageing process

Rio Ferdinand has revealed he uses brown dye to transform his grey facial hair.

In a new interview, the former footballer, 42, playfully compared his natural appearance to a Dalmatian, but declared he ‘isn’t ashamed’ of the ageing process.

The father-of-four, who recently welcomed son Cree with wife Kate, 29, last December, said onThe Mid Point podcast with Gabby Logan: ‘I dye my beard sometimes; I get grey hairs here. I dye it. I think it just looks better.’

'I don't like it!' Rio Ferdinand has revealed he uses brown dye to transform his grey facial hair (pictured last year)

‘I don’t like it!’ Rio Ferdinand has revealed he uses brown dye to transform his grey facial hair (pictured last year)

The football pundit insisted he ‘doesn’t care’ about having minimal grey hairs, but prefers to have a one-toned ‘do.

Manchester United legend Rio shared: ‘I’m not ashamed of having grey hair, I don’t care, but it looks better if it’s all one colour.

‘If it all went grey, the whole beard was grey, I’d let it just go. But it’s like patchwork.I’d like it, that distinguished look, if it was all grey, I wouldn’t care. But it’s the patchwork business, I’m like a Dalmatian, I don’t like it.’

Elsewhere in the discussion, the presenter spoke about how he feels he is experiencing fatherhood properly for the first time following the birth of his eight-week-old.

'It's like patchwork': In a new interview, the ex-footballer, 42, compared himself to a Dalmatian, but declared he 'isn't ashamed' of the ageing process (pictured last week with wife Kate, 29)

‘It’s like patchwork’: In a new interview, the ex-footballer, 42, compared himself to a Dalmatian, but declared he ‘isn’t ashamed’ of the ageing process (pictured last week with wife Kate, 29)

Motherhood: Since announcing the arrival of their son Cree in December, former TOWIE star Kate has kept a relatively low profile while she recovers from her C-section at home

Motherhood: Since announcing the arrival of their son Cree in December, former TOWIE star Kate has kept a relatively low profile while she recovers from her C-section at home

The sportsman – who also has Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine, with his late wife, Rebecca – admitted his family played second fiddle during the height of his career as he was away ’75 per cent of the time’.

Former fitness trainer Rebecca tragically passed away in 2015 aged 34 following a battle with breast cancer.

On shifting his focus to his loved ones, the TV starreflected: ‘I was probably not there 75 per cent of the time.

Blended family:The sportsman also has Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine, with his late wife, Rebecca

Blended family:The sportsman also has Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine, with his late wife, Rebecca

‘I was on the road travelling around Europe and playing games. When I was there, was I really there mentally? I used that excuse, ‘Oh I’ve got a game’ – I probably left an hour early if I’m being honest.

‘The family is the sacrifice. I didn’t go to countless family functions. I missed birthdays, I missed so many things, I missed the births of one of my kids.

‘It’s really made me think back especially compounded with lockdown. There is no way out for Kate or for myself. There is no way out of this. You’ve got to deal with every situation.’

Heartbreaking: Former fitness trainer Rebecca tragically passed away in 2015 aged 34 following a battle with breast cancer (pictured together in 2009)

Heartbreaking: Former fitness trainer Rebecca tragically passed away in 2015 aged 34 following a battle with breast cancer (pictured together in 2009)

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