The blonde bombshell had agreed to keep her romance with the retired footballer, 38, under wraps while they get to know one another, but the cat has been let out of the bag after her co-star James 'Lockie' Lock revealed that the news of the new couple came as a huge "shock" to the entire ITVBe cast. I was with Kate for a long time so I think there will always be feelings there.
The mother-of-three appeared to be in the clear only for a scan to reveal the disease had spread to her bones five weeks before her death.
Manchester United players past and present attended the service to pay their respects, including Sir Alex Ferguson and Ferdinand's former defensive partner Nemanja Vidic, who flew in from Italy especially to be there.
The news may disappoint TOWIE fans who had been hoping for a reunion between Kate and her ex Dan Edgar, 26.
The pair were seen kissing at the end of the last ITVBe series after an on-off relationship.
He said he was 'overwhelmed' by the support the footballing world showed him after his wife's death, including minutes of applause at stadiums across the country and messages of condolence from Gary Lineker and David Beckham.