There wasn't a dry eye in Britain tonight as the BBC aired Rio Ferdinand's much-anticipated documentary Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad.
The former footballer lost his wife Rebecca to cancer in 2015, leaving him a widow with three children to raise.
The documentary was trending on Twitter even before it aired, after Rio appeared on This Morning to promote the programme earlier today, with Piers Morgan tweeting his praise of the programme after watching a preview yesterday.
The one-off special charted Rio's journey as he began to garner advice about loss, grief and moving on.
Speaking to a cancer specialist, a number of male widowers at The Gentlemen's Room group as well as bereavement group Jigsaw, Rio was told he needed to mourn after acknowledging that he hadn't quite grieved Rebecca's death himself yet.
In highly emotional scenes, Rio admitted that while he didn't consider suicide, he did finally understand why other people felt like that was an option.
Nonetheless, while the nation worried for Rio, he was mostly concerned about his children and how Rebecca's death would affect them.
"I worry about all of them because I can't get nothing out of the two boys especially," he said.
"I want something to help them to help talk to know they're actually alright, because I don't know.
"I want to find some other way where they can express themselves a bit more."
As the documentary progressed, Rio began to open up about Rebecca with his kids, remembering the good times and positive memories about their mum.
"I love my wife more than anything," Rio said.
"Me and Rebecca, we had an unbelievable relationship."
It was one of the most emotional documentaries we've watched to date, but here's how those on Twitter reacted.
A lot of viewers were bowled over by Rio's courage:
#BeingMumAndDad i have the upmost respect for Rio opening up on such a hard subject- Josie Newall (@JosieNewallUOC) March 28, 2017
It takes a huge amount of courage and strength for anyone to admit they're struggling. Not to be sniffed at. #BeingMumAndDad- Pseudonym (@fancehpanteh) March 28, 2017
While a lot of people just bawled:
This is heartbreaking 💔 😢 it doesn't matter how much money you have, cancer affects us all. Life can be so cruel. #BeingMumAndDad- Jude 👑 (@Ginger_Princess) March 28, 2017
Rio Ferdinand programme is a heartbreaking watch 💔 #BeingMumAndDad- Lauren (@laurenjack3) March 28, 2017
My heart is absolutely breaking for Rio. I can't even imagine what experiencing pain like that is like, life is so cruel!!💔#BeingMumAndDad- Shauna (@Shauna_Wheels) March 28, 2017
Rio's fellow celebrities also poured in their support:
While others praised Rio for getting his message out there, with Macmillan Cancer support leading the way:
Watching #BeingMumAndDad? If you know someone who's been through similar, remember just being there can make a world of difference 💚- Macmillan Cancer (@macmillancancer) March 28, 2017
#BeingMumAndDad is an emotional watch but is SO important to show how we all need to talk and share. Men,women,children all need support- Claire Burgess (@Belles28) March 28, 2017
"Men are half as likely to talk to a counsellor as women"#BeingMumAndDad- William Thompson (@iamaboutyoucom) March 28, 2017
#BeingMumAndDad It's ok for a man to cry, we all need emotional support every now and then, we can't do it all ourselves. Respect to Rio- Michael Lee (@MikeyLee1987) March 28, 2017
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