Kate Garraway in fresh blow as Good Morning Britain star hit with £150,000 bill

Kate Garraway on GMB
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Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway is reportedly facing a heart-breaking £150,000 bill stemming from the closure of her late husband Derek Draper's business, Astra Aspera. The ITV star has been hit with demands to pay a £32,000 flat fee on top of 40% of assets recovered from the psychotherapeutic company.

The I'm A Celebrity alum, who tragically lost Derek back in January, is also staring down the barrel of an additional £112,836 owing from a director's loan taken out by her former Labour Party advisor husband. This is on top of the staggering debt of £1.5million she is already left with due to the costs of care and dues to taxman.

With Astra Aspera Ltd winding up in debt of £184,096.96, Kate was saddled with an extra £716,000 tax bill. Another company tied to her, Praespero 100 Ltd, saw its assets dwindle by £87,043 during this year.

Derek Draper (right) and Kate Garraway (left) in an ITV documentary
Kate tragically lost Derek in January, almost four years after he contracted covid-19 -Credit:ITV

In light of these events, she has reportedly sought the assistance of London financial experts Hacker Young to respond to HMRC's requests, reports The Sun.

Hacker Young specialises in matters relating to 'tax investigations and litigation support'. Despite her stern financial struggles, Kate shares that there's no loss for the love for her job, once stating that she felt "ashamed" of being in debt while having such an "incredible" and "well-paid" role at ITV, reports Birmingham Live.

She said on GMB: "I'm ashamed of the fact I'm in debt, but I'm also proud."

Co-host Richard Madeley then asked why she would be ashamed of her debt, prompting her to admit that despite having a "well paid" job at ITV, she struggled to make things work at home.

Kate Garraway
She has been open about her financial struggles since Derek's death, admitting she is 'ashamed' -Credit:No credit

"Well, because I have an incredible job that I love, that is very well paid. I'm not a carer, travelling miles, paying their own transport to go and help somebody for minimum wage. I'm somebody that's very well paid. So, I just feel ashamed that I couldn't make it work," she said.

Kate recently shared that due to the bills, she has had to withdraw money from her pension. During a discussion about the NHS and private care on Good Morning Britain earlier this month, Kate opened up about this, explaining: "I have had to withdraw the bit you can tax free from my pension to pay for belated bills for my husband, who has now passed away.

"People are having to do things - it wasn't a huge pension in the first place - which aren't what they saved for."