Kate Garraway talks ‘challenging times’ as she takes break from GMB to care for husband

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Kate Garraway, 53, has taken the opportunity to thank Good Morning Britain viewers and her co-stars for their support after returning to work during a difficult period for her family. The presenter spoke about facing “challenging times” while announcing she will be taking a break from the ITV programme next week to take care of her husband Derek Draper, who remains in hospital after falling ill with coronavirus.

Kate also revealed she was planning on using her time off to help the couple’s two children, Darcey and Billy, settle into school.

“I’m actually not here next week,” the star explained to viewers today.

She continued: “I’m taking a little bit of time off to help Billy get sorted for secondary school and Darcey as well to get into school and also – Derek, to look after things on that.

“I just want to say thank you all of you for being absolutely brilliant since I’ve come back through challenging times.

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“To everyone here, all the people on-screen and off-screen, you’ve been amazing.”

Kate went on to pay tribute to her GMB “family”, adding: “One of the nice things is that everybody talks about ITV and television being a brutal business – but it’s not.

“It’s a proper family. You’ve all been amazing.”

GMB’s weatherman turned host, Alex Beresford, replied: “You know we all love you and we all have your back on this show.”


Kate came back to present GMB alongside her regular co-host Ben Shephard four months after her other half Derek was admitted to intensive care with COVID-19.

The former political adviser has now woken from his coma, but he remains with limited consciousness in hospital.

Derek is still unable to speak and doctors have warned Kate he may stay in his current condition, but there are signs he is able to hear.

Elsewhere, Kate recently said the family celebrated Derek’s birthday via a video call and tucked into a cake at home to mark the occasion.

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Along with Derek’s parents, Kate and their children sang Happy Birthday to him virtually, with the help of doctors.

Kate admitted keeping spirits up on the day was “challenging” but praised their children for the way they had been coping with their dad’s ordeal.

The mother-of-two previously revealed that the future of Derek’s health remains uncertain after the virus “attacked everything” in his body.

Further health complications left him with clots in his lungs, holes in his heart and also made him diabetic.

Kate returned to hosting GMB after medical staff urged her to get on with her life.

She told Hello! Magazine: “They’ve told me that I need to go back to work and create a routine in our lives again.

“The children and Derek are all I’ve thought about and they’re the most important people in my life, but I must create structure and normality for the children, to clean the bath, put the plates in the dishwasher, and tidy the house.

“I also need to get back to work so that I can provide for the children and we can do things together, to make them feel that the light hasn’t gone out of their lives, that there’s hope for the future.”

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