Kate Garraway has opened up on how she wishes her husband Derek Draper could give her a hug after he has been in and out of consciousness since he caught Covid back in March 2020.
The Good Morning Britain star, 54, has been through a devastating time of her life over the past year, but it's clear her ITV family have been there for her through the unimaginably hard months, including her co-star Charlotte Hawkins.
Speaking exclusively to OK!, Charlotte, 46, spoke about how she admires her colleague for going into work everyday – whatever's happening at home.
"We continue to send our love to support Kate and to just keep everything crossed that Derek, will have a path to recovery and to get him back to where he should be," Charlotte said.
"It continues to be difficult every day. I think it was great for her to be able to get Derek back home, but he does require constant care."
She continued: "It must be difficult not knowing what recovery is going to look like for them all.
"I have such an admiration for the fact that she even comes in to present Good Morning Britain – she does her job, puts her work hat on and just gets on with it with everything going on.
"We have just be there to love and support her in whatever way we can."
Charlotte, who has now recovered after contracting Covid-19 herself, then revealed whether she felt scared her health would deteriorate like Derek's did last year.
"I think there is a difference now as we have a vaccination, meaning that when people do get Covid, their symptoms are likely to be a lot milder," she added.
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"Thank goodness we've got the vaccination that has made all the difference because when Derek caught COVID, that was right back at the beginning when we didn't have the vaccination. We didn't know as much about it, as we do now."
The newsreader went on to tell us how "lucky" she feels that her suspected blood clot didn't come to anything serious.
Charlotte shared further: "As many people know, I work with Kate Garraway, and as I’ve seen everything she’s been going through with her husband, Derek, I know how horrific the consequences of Covid can be.
"I’m just grateful that it was mild for me. After I spoke out about my symptoms, there were so many people in the same boat as me, who are trying to get through the exhaustion and the brain fog."
The Classic FM host then spoke to us about hosting Christmas with André – a Christmas concert celebrating the spirit of the season with an evening of melodies and Christmas carols.
I’ve worked with Andre for the last 10 years, and all of his concerts are spectacular. So hopefully this year, as everyone is getting back into normality, we will see people throwing themselves into the Christmas spirit."
Christmas With André screens in cinemas nationwide on 4th and 5th December. For tickets visit andreincinemas.com
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