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Charlotte Hawkins, 45, has admitted she and her Good Morning Britain co-stars “don’t know what’s around the corner” for Kate Garraway, 53, and her family. The star’s husband Derek Draper remains in hospital after being rushed to intensive care with coronavirus in March.
Kate was finally able to visit former lobbyist Derek, 53, who shares daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 11, with her, in hospital earlier this month.
Charlotte revealed how she has been supporting her co-host Kate through her “tough time” and explained she is desperate to hug her, but can’t because of social distancing rules.
The presenter divulged: “It’s been horrific for her and her family.
“She’s been going through such a tough time and she’s continuing to go through a tough time. We don’t know what’s around the corner.
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“Everybody at GMB is there for her in whatever way she needs…”
Charlotte continued: “It’s really hard – all I want to do is hug her.”
Opening up about her sweet gesture, the Classic FM host added to OK! Magazine: “I wanted to show her that I was thinking of her so I sent her a rose called Growing Hope.
“She loves her garden and hopefully planting it will grow some hope for them. It’s been a heartbreaking situation for her.
“I keep everything crossed that Derek is going to be okay.”
Kate recently took the opportunity to thank Good Morning Britain viewers and her co-stars for their support after returning to work during a difficult period for her family.
The presenter spoke about facing “challenging times” while announcing she will be taking a break from the ITV programme for a week to take care of her husband Derek.
Kate also revealed she was planning on using her time off to help the couple’s two children, Darcey and Billy, settle into school.
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“I’m actually not here next week,” the star explained to viewers on the show.
She continued: “I’m taking a little bit of time off to help Billy get sorted for secondary school and Darcey as well to get into school and also – Derek, to look after things on that.
“I just want to say thank you all of you for being absolutely brilliant since I’ve come back through challenging times.
“To everyone here, all the people on-screen and off-screen, you’ve been amazing.”
Kate went on to pay tribute to her GMB “family”, adding: “One of the nice things is that everybody talks about ITV and television being a brutal business – but it’s not.
“It’s a proper family. You’ve all been amazing.”
GMB’s weatherman turned host, Alex Beresford, replied: “You know we all love you and we all have your back on this show.”
Kate’s other half, former political advisor Derek, has now woken from his coma, but he remains with limited consciousness in hospital.
Derek is still unable to speak and doctors have warned Kate he may not recover, but there are signs he is able to hear.
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