Susanna Reid says co-star Kate Garraway "is the most resilient person she knows"

Naomi Gordon
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Susanna Reid has praised Good Morning Britain colleague Kate Garraway for being "the most resilient person she knows", as Kate's husband remains in hospital with complications from Covid-19.

The 50-year-old TV presenter appears on the cover of Prima's New Year issue, and told us: "She's so upbeat every time I see her, despite going through such an unimaginably difficult time watching her husband Derek's battle with Coronavirus.

"She's carrying on with the world on her shoulders, but she still beams the most gorgeous smile."

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Kate has been keeping viewers updated on Derek's condition after he was hospitalised with the virus in March. He is now Covid-free, but the 53-year-old is one of an estimated five people in the world to have been affected so badly by coronavirus and still be alive.

She was back on Good Morning Britain alongside Ben Shephard last week, and revealed that she hopes she will be able to see Derek with their children, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, in some form over Christmas.

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Photo credit: DAVID COTTER

"The practical challenges of that is that we have to keep really safe to be able to visit him and isolate," Kate explained. "I think that would make Derek's absence feel huge and the rest of the family's absence feel huge. But it's quite a difficult balance to work it all out..."

Meanwhile, in the new issue of Prima's, Susanna discusses life at 50, working with colleague Piers Morgan, and her 2021 resolutions after a challenging year like no other.

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On her co-star Piers, she says he is "forceful" and can be difficult.

"He can be prickly, he can rant and he can talk over people, but in the pandemic a lot of people changed their view of Piers, mainly because he has – for the most part – been right," she says.

"I was in the studio as he harangued ministers and wasn’t afraid to call things out like the wasted millions on PPE that wasn’t fit for purpose, or asking where this ‘world-class testing system’ the Government spoke about actually was.

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"I think people saw that Piers’s difficult and provocative nature absolutely came into its own."

On turning 50, the presenter says there’s a "real moment of reflection when you reach 50."

She adds: "It’s no longer a fear, and it’s no longer a threat. It’s simply about looking back and relishing all the fantastic things that have got you to this place, while reflecting, too, on some of the darker times and being grateful for what you have."

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