Kate Garraway apologises to fans amid husband’s health battle ‘I needed a little time’

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Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, 53, broke her social media silence on Instagram to mark Father’s Day earlier this month. As part of her lengthy post, she apologised to fans for not being interactive with her fans on Instagram and Twitter as much as she used to be. 

Kate has been away from her presenting duties as her 52-year-old husband Derek remains in a coma after fighting coronavirus.

She addressed his progress in an interview on Good Morning Britain and with The Sun earlier this month.

In her latest Instagram post, she wrote: “Thank you so much for all your kind messages of support after my interviews with GMB and The Sun a couple of weeks ago.

“Am sorry have not posted recently. I just needed a little time.

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Happy Fathers Day to all the wonderful Daddy’s out there. A tough day for us but am filled with so much love & gratitude to still have for my Dad “Trinity “ – thats my Dad Gordon , Derek’s dad Ken and ofcourse Derek himself ( officially the Best Dad in the World according to Darcey & Billy. ) all three of them never happier than when they are with their children. I’m so grateful to have you still in our lives – & know so many today don’t have that. But the love is there – no separation can change that . Thank you so much for all your kind messages of support after my interviews with GMB and The Sun a couple of weeks ago. Am sorry have not posted recently. I just needed a little time. They were incredibly emotional experiences & to be honest left me with a range of feelings – gratitude to @itv & @janemoore for giving me the chance to let all who so touchingly care for Derek know what he is up against but also rather overwhelmed by the long road that lies ahead. Whatever happens next I’m afraid it IS going to be a long road, with an uncertain end that isn’t even nearly in sight right now. BUT. This week I am refocusing on hope that as a family we are going to pull together with the support of friends and get through everything come what may. Hope- because I know that the amazing people keeping Derek alive, stand shoulder to shoulder with me in NEVER giving up on him and, of course, hope that my wonderful Derek is going to keep fighting this and eventually start to slowly recover. After all we are all having to do that aren’t we in one way or another – this ghastly time has affected us all & life deals us blows that we just have to bounce back from & celebrate the good. This Father’s Day I am sending you all the love & positivity in the world – let’s seek out the joy! #staypositive #hope #fathersday

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“They were incredibly emotional experiences & to be honest left me with a range of feelings.”

In the same post, she told her 864,000 followers that she will “never give up” on her spouse, who was first admitted to hospital with coronavirus in March.

He is now coronavirus-free, however the virus has attacked other parts of his body.

His further health complications include clots in his lungs and holes in his heart as well as now being diabetic.

Kate hasn’t spoken out about her husband’s progress since her post on Father’s Day.

The presenter recently responded to a fan on Twitter, who encouraged her to watch a video from Australian mountain climber Lincoln Hall about the stages of unconsciousness.

The Twitter user wrote: “@kategarraway… keep going with the messages he is hanging on, for a reason, for you, the kids, he has to come back to you all and he will.

“Try to watch the you tube clip about Lincoln Hall, he explains about the stages of unconsciousness that he came back from. Big hugs xxx.”

In view of her 393,000 followers, Kate replied: “Thanks – will do xxx.”

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Kate also retweeted a positive message from another fan, who wrote: “So, another Monday and another new week.

“Monday 23rd March seems like so long ago – it must seem strange to you, Kate. Like another lifetime, before this virus changed the world!

“Any day could be the day your Derek comes back to you… Just let it come.”

Kate tied the knot with her second husband Derek back in 2005.


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They have two children together; Darcey, 14, and William, 10.

Ahead of her husband’s health battle, she revealed Derek had proposed to her again following her stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

She told You Magazine in January: “When Derek came to meet me after I left the jungle, he was planning to propose to me again [in front of the TV cameras], but he got overwhelmed and burst into tears.

“The kids leapt out and surprised me and Darcey said, ‘Oh Dad – you didn’t do it!’

“So he got down on one knee and proposed… and I said yes, obviously.”

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