Kate Garraway feels ‘physically sick’ about Christmas without husband Derek

Kate Garraway has discussed how she feels about the prospect of spending Christmas without her husband Derek, saying she feels ‘physically sick’ about the idea.

During Friday morning’s Good Morning Britain, Kate and her co-presenter Ben Shephard spoke about what it could be like in late December if families are unable to be together as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kate, 53, explained that she has found herself in a ‘total panic’ thinking about spending the Christmas period without her husband present, although she added that it’s important to evaluate the ‘horrible long-term impact of Covid’ when assessing the risks of getting together with family.

The television presenter’s husband, Derek Draper, is currently in intensive care in hospital, after being diagnosed with Covid-19 in March.

Last month, Derek, 53, spoke for the first time in over 200 days, having previously been placed in a medically-induced coma.

‘I’m very conflicted about Christmas, to be honest with you. I feel physically sick actually,’ Kate said on this morning’s show.

‘I can sort of feel my chest tightening at the thought of it in a total panic about the idea of Darcey, Billy and myself on our own at Christmas unable to visit Derek because of potential restrictions.’

Kate said that missing Derek at Christmas created a ‘huge emotional hole’ that she doesn’t know ‘how to fill’ without the help of other people in her life, such as grandparents and friends.

However, she stated that assessing the risks of the coronavirus pandemic isn’t just about ‘burying your loved ones’, but also the long-term effects the virus can have on individuals if they contract it.

‘It’s not just burying your loved ones. It’s actually the horrible long-term impact of Covid that you could be risking by getting together,’ Kate said.

‘That’s what’s frightening, isn’t it. And that’s what makes it so hard, I think,’

Kate also acknowledged that members of other religions have had to adapt the way they observe religious festivals throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, the presenter said that she found Coca-Cola’s 2020 Christmas advert a ‘tough watch’ due to its storyline about a father returning home for the festive period.

She said that while it is the ‘job’ of advertisers to ‘pull on our heart strings’, some companies ‘are also causing a lot of upset from people as well’.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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