KATE Garraway fans were left heartbroken as she broke down in tears after revealing her “loneliness” with husband Derek Draper.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 56, opened up about how she's been coping with Derek's ongoing health battle during tonight's last episode of Piers Morgan Life Stories.
Kate Garraway opened up about her 'loneliness' with Derek Draper after he contracted Covid-19 last year Credit: ITV
Kate and Derek have been married since 2005 Credit: Rex
Derek was rushed to hospital in March last year after contracting Covid-19.
He was critically ill and spent over a year in hospital, before finally returning home to be cared for by Kate and their children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12.
Speaking about how things are at the moment, Kate told Piers: “There are lots of moments of joy in that, recognition, moments with the children where he definitely knows what they're saying to him and remembers things.
“But there is no way of knowing what the future is and in the meantime, it's a strange thing Piers…”
As she fought back the tears, she continued: “I want him there and I want him back, but some days his presence reminds me the absence, so you can feel very lonely. I feel like I just want to talk to Derek.
“Even though I believe he's there, he can't be there in that same way.
“I love him more than ever by the way.”
As viewers watched on, many took to Twitter to praise Kate for how she's handled the past 21 devastating months.
One wrote: “@kategarraway such an inspirational person. Tears we’re flowing on #LifeStories tonight.”
Another said: “Watching the incredible @kategarraway on Piers Morgan Life Stories. You’re such an incredibly inspiring lady Kate, you had me in tears.”
A third added: “Reduced me to tears so proud of you Kate Garraway and your family.”
Derek and Kate's children Darcey and Billy also made an appearance on the show.
They told presenter Piers just how proud they are of their mum.
Darcey said: “She's amazing obviously. She looks after us, she always encourages us, it's really good. We're really proud of her.”
Kate also updated viewers on how Derek is doing, and said Derek was in a “terrible state”.
The brave presenter said: “It's devastated him. From the top of his head to the tip of his toe.
“His digestive system, his liver, his kidneys, his heart, his nervous system. We're pretty sure that the inflammation did pass through the brain.
“He still can't communicate, he still has issues with mobility. Fundamentally, he's in a terrible state. Look, he's alive, Piers.”
Derek was rushed to hospital in March 2020, and just weeks later he was put in intensive care. He entered a coma as his condition deteriorated.
In May Kate said that Derek was still in a coma, but two months they shared the happy news he was awake.
Then in September it was revealed how Derek's six-month Covid battle is now longest in the UK.
In April this year he returned home.
Derek and Kate tied the knot in 2005.
Derek contracted Covid-19 back in March 2020 Credit: pixel8000
Darcey and Billy were in the audience as their mum chatted to Piers Morgan Credit: ITV
Susanna Reid spotted in the audience as Piers Morgan interviews Kate Garraway for Life Stories