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Kate Garraway, 53, was given an emotional message of support on Good Morning Britain this morning by Gordon Brown, as her husband Derek Draper remains in hospital. The former Prime Minister joined Kate and her co-host Ranvir Singh on the programme to discuss the impact coronavirus and lockdown measures could have on jobs for young people in the future.
After talking at length, Gordon made a reference to the heartache Kate has experienced with her husband Derek since he was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this year.
The politician shared: “And our thoughts are always with Kate and her family.”
Kate quietly responded: “Well, thank you very much.”
Previously Derek, a former Labour lobbyist, and Gordon had worked together.
Last month Gordon had also sent his well wishes while speaking with Kate’s colleague Ben Shepherd.
Kate courteously thanked the politician and also updated viewers on her husband’s condition, as she shared that it had been a difficult week for the family.
She told co-host Ben Shephard: “Tough week with Derek. It has been a tough week.”
Later in the show, Lorraine Kelly appeared on-screen, and said: “I’m sorry to hear it’s been a tough week, Kate, but we love having you on the telly!”
Ben brought some light comedy to the situation, as he joked: “Do we, do we?”
With a smile brought to her face, Kate replied: “Ben is not so sure Lorraine, perhaps it’s because you’re far away from me in different studios.”
Derek was hospitalised back in March following serious complications from COVID-19.
Kate has previously said that she did not want to talk about Derek “every day”, as it could upset viewers.
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The GMB host explained: “You feel almost bad because oh I’m laughing and he’s still there in a minimally conscious state, it’s a difficult balance.
“I know everyone has been so lovely and are concerned, but then you don’t want to talk about it on GMB every time because it’s not cheering up everyone.”
She added: “I’ve got to keep life going on so Derek has a life to get back to.”
Derek’s battle with the deadly virus began earlier this year when he struggled to breathe.
However, Kate reassured viewers that they had self-isolated before going.
“My children for the first time are staying away from home,” she said.
“They’ve gone to stay with Derek’s mum and dad.”
Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV
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