Kate Garraway reveals I'm A Celebrity stint prepared her for Derek's coma battle

Kate Garraway revealed her stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here prepared her for husband Derek Draper’s coma battle.

Derek was rushed to hospital in March with coronavirus symptoms, and was moved into intensive care soon after.

He is now free of Covid, but the disease wreaked havoc on his body, and he is still battling for his life in a coma.

The Good Morning Britain host has faced the toughest year of her life, caring for their two children – Darcey and William – as well as continuing to work and support her partner.

Speaking about her experience, the 53-year-old explained that taking part on the ITV show in 2019 was actually a huge help for the last 12 months.

‘Forcing myself to do frightening things in the jungle was definitely good for my soul, and it made me believe I could do things I never dreamed possible,’ she told Good Housekeeping. ‘And flippin’ heck! I’ve had to put that knowledge into practice, haven’t I?

‘So actually, maybe the jungle prepared me for getting through this.’

Kate also opened up about how she was coping while caring for their children by herself, during the global pandemic.

‘I’m not sure I am coping! I honestly don’t know how single mums do it; it’s just so hard,’ she told the publication. 

‘A lot of the time I find myself thinking, “What would Derek say?” and “What would Derek do?”’

Derek, 53, has been in hospital for almost a year after contracting coronavirus, and is still thought to be in a minimally conscious state.

Kate’s pal, Piers Morgan, revealed on Good Morning Britain that he may never wake up.

Speaking on the show, the host fumed at those who had denied – or down-played – the condition, stating: ‘I know people who have lost parents, who’ve lost uncles, family members and it’s devastating.

‘When I see these Covid, not the deniers, but also the Covid down-players – the ones who constantly want to talk it all down – to say it’s just another flu and we’re overreacting, ask around now, ask enough people and you’ll find somebody. 

‘We know from our colleague Kate Garraway whose husband Derek is still in a coma from Covid.

‘He may never come out of that coma. She’s been told this and it’s heartbreaking.’ 

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