GMB's Kate Garraway says husband Derek is "very changed"

Rianne Houghton
·2-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

From Good Housekeeping

Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway has opened up about visiting her husband, Derek Draper, in hospital over Christmas, telling viewers that he is "very changed" since first contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) last year.

On Thursday's (7 January) GMB, Kate told Ben Shephard that she'd had a "tough" Christmas, but that she and her family experienced a "lovely moment" when they were able to visit her husband Derek.

"There was a lovely moment, which we did have, we did over the period get to see Derek, and the children did, which is the first time they've been able to do that," the presenter shared. "So, that was amazing."

Photo credit: ITV - ITV
Photo credit: ITV - ITV

Reflecting on their unusual Christmas, Kate continued: "Of course, it was very heightened with emotion because he's very changed... It was one of those moments where it was so wonderful but then also it sort of amplified how sad everything was, and how different it is.

"But it was still fantastic and I'm very grateful to have had that opportunity."

In light of the recent lockdown in England, Kate added that she is no longer able to visit her husband, who has been in hospital since March of last year.

Photo credit: Jon Furniss - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jon Furniss - Getty Images

"I hope [it] doesn't continue for the whole of lockdown because I think that will be very impactful on Derek's state," she said.

Kate has offered fans frequent updates on her husband's health since his hospitalisation, and recently thanked the nurses who cared for him when he was first admitted in an emotional GMB segment.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support.

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