Kate Garraway reveals her husband Derek has ‘opened his EYES’ after waking from his coma

Kate Garraway fought back tears as she told how her children have ‘effectively lost their dad’ while making an emotional return to Good Morning Britain.

The TV personality, 53, revealed her husband Derek Draper, 52, remains in a ‘desperate situation’ and has almost died six times when his organs failed during his 100-day battle with coronavirus.

The mother-of-two admitted she was ‘absolutely gripped by fear’ at times when the former political lobbyist was in a coma, but said he has amazed doctors with his resilience and they have ‘fantastic hope’.

Kate explained how Derek has now started to open his eyes as she left the family’s ‘little bubble of sadness’ to return to the Good Morning Britain studio for the first time since her husband contracted the deadly disease.

Devastating: Kate Garraway, 53, fought back tears as she told how her children have ‘effectively lost their dad’ while making an emotional return to Good Morning Britain

She told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: ‘I’m back. It’s really emotional. As soon as I walked in I thought, “I’m going to cry now”. It’s so lovely to see your faces. I can see your faces anyway [on screen]. It’s lovely to be back, it’s like coming out of a little bubble of sadness. It’s so strange to still be in this situation.

‘It’s a strange word, coma, he was induced which was what they were doing then because it was a way of resting the lungs, of course they’re no longer keeping him in the coma but he’s not fully awake. 

‘There’s two types of coma, there’s the one we think of as vegetative coma, and the one Derek is in which is a minimum station of consciousness, so wonderfully his eyes are open but we have no real knowledge of what he can see or hear.

 ‘It is a very desperate situation, it’s very very difficult, of course there’s fantastic hope he’s still alive, the doctors do keep saying it’s a miracle he’s still alive. 

‘I was speaking to a doctor yesterday who said he’s sick as anyone I’ve ever seen in 35 years of medicine, and some of those people who were as sick of him aren’t here. 

‘Six times they said he’s not going to make it, and obviously you couldn’t visit. So he’s been very very sick, but it’s a new disease, there’s no data, so what they can say is it’s great he’s here.  

Sad: The TV personality revealed her husband Derek Draper, 52, remains in a 'desperate situation' and has almost died six times during his 100-day battle with coronavirus

Sad: The TV personality revealed her husband Derek Draper, 52, remains in a ‘desperate situation’ and has almost died six times during his 100-day battle with coronavirus

Optimistic: The mother-of-two admitted she was 'absolutely gripped by fear' at times when the former political lobbyist was in a coma, but said he has amazed doctors with his resilience and they have 'fantastic hope' (pictured in December 2019)

Optimistic: The mother-of-two admitted she was ‘absolutely gripped by fear’ at times when the former political lobbyist was in a coma, but said he has amazed doctors with his resilience and they have ‘fantastic hope’ (pictured in December 2019)

‘There’s flickers of hope, his lungs are starting to recover, his kidneys are doing better, his liver, but they don’t know how much better he can get.’ 

Asked whether there had been any explanation for why Derek had been so badly affected by the virus, Kate admitted doctors are still unsure.

She said: ‘There isn’t, he was a little bit overweight, I’m a bit of a feeder! Zero underlying conditions, he’s young comparatively, he’s 52, so there is no explanation. 

‘I think what’s happened is at every stage they’ve been learning. One of the wonderful things is that they’ve changed medical practices, they’ve changed pathways because of Derek. I keep telling him on the Facetime he would be very pleased about that.’ 

Now that Derek has been declared COVID-free, Kate admitted she fears for the long-term damage the virus may have done, and whether that will affect Derek in his recovery.

‘When he went into hospital, I got some texts saying ”oh I’m definitely not gonna die, tell the children I’m doing great,” but there was a feeling of terror because he had COVID and suddenly it escalated.  

REVEALED: HOW THE CRUEL LEGACY OF COVID MAY LAST A LIFETIME 

Covid-19 could leave survivors with debilitating illnesses that last for years, doctors have warned since the outbreak spiralled out of control.

One leading medic called it ‘this generation’s polio’ – a disease that killed thousands and left a generation with life-long mobility issues. 

Patients who spend weeks fighting the disease can suffer from long-term complications caused by permanent damage to their lungs and liver, but serious problems can also blight people who only have a minor illness. 

SCARRING AND LONG-TERM LUNG DAMAGE 

Several recent studies have highlighted proof Covid-19 causes fibrosis – scarring of the lung tissue – that makes it harder for the organs to work.

A research paper published in a Chinese journal in March said ‘pulmonary fibrosis may be one of the major [long-term] complications in Covid-19 patients’.

A build-up of scar tissue in the lungs can reduce their capacity to absorb air, leaving a patient with breathing difficulties, shortness of breath or a cough. 

Insufficient oxygen also has knock-on effects on the other vital organs, which rely on the chemical to work. Without it, they cannot work as efficiently and may start to fail or work less efficiently. 

Failing kidneys may result in a patient needing long-term medication or dialysis, while a severely damaged liver could require a transplant to treat. 

IMMUNE SYSTEM OVER-REACTION CAN DAMAGE HEART, LIVER & KIDNEYS

Evidence is also emerging that the virus may affect the the liver, kidneys, heart and blood vessels because of the way it can force the immune system to attack healthy parts of the body.

As well as the potential of immediate death in the case of kidney failure, a heart attack or a stroke, any damage to these vital organs can cause lifelong disability and dramatically increase the risk of dying young.

A paper in the journal JAMA Cardiology in March reported a fifth of patients in a group of 416 who were hospitalised in Wuhan, China, had suffered heart damage.

Another study in Wuhan found that 16 out of 36 intensive care patients developed irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmia, which can weaken the heart’s ability to pump blood. 

Coronavirus can also cause blood clots, scientists say, which raise the risk of stroke or heart attack. 

The heart problems are thought to occur as a result of the virus triggering a ‘cytokine storm’, where the immune system overreacts to the infection.  

GROWING EVIDENCE OF BRAIN DAMAGE AND NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS 

Long-term brain damage may also be a consequence of Covid-19 infection, according to emerging research of patients who caught it.

Doctors around the world say they are seeing growing numbers of people with neurological symptoms such as headaches, loss of smell and taste, tingling sensations, losing the ability to speak and even seizures and strokes, the BBC reported

Dr Elissa Fory, from the Henry Ford Foundation in Detroit, said: ‘We don’t know yet if the encephalopathy [brain damage] is more severe with Covid-19 than with other viruses, but I can tell you we’ve been seeing quite a lot of it.’

Symptoms affecting the brain are harder to measure and track – it took months for officials in the UK to admit a lost sense of smell was a symptom of coronavirus – but they can be permanent. 

HOSPITAL STAYS AND TREATMENT CAN BE DEBILITATING 

As well as damage caused by the virus itself, patients who are seriously ill with Covid-19 – particularly those in intensive care – will suffer long-term health problems just from being in hospital. 

Physiotherapists warn patients muscles start to waste away quickly when they are in hospital beds, which can leave them with mobility problems for a long time – especially if they are already elderly, which many coronavirus patients are.

People’s lungs can also be irreparably damaged by ventilators, the intensive care machines which help people to breathe when they cannot do it alone.

The machines work by blowing air into the lungs through a tube inserted directly down the throat and into the airways. The pressure of the air being forced into the lungs can tear and split the delicate tissue inside the lungs and leave them permanently damaged. This is a trade-off: the machines are usually a last resort for people who can’t breathe on their own and would die without the ventilator.

People who get seriously ill are also at a risk of developing depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of their ordeal after the initial infection has gone. 

EVEN MILD ILLNESS CAN DRAG ON FOR MONTHS 

There is growing evidence that even mild Covid-19 can have long-lasting consequences and the UK Government last weekend launched a study into the after-effects of the illness.

Experts on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned that Covid-19 patients could be left with ‘extreme tiredness and shortness of breath for several months’ even if they were not hospitalised.

Concerns about the lasting effects of the illness were discussed in a SAGE meeting which took place on May 7. 

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, revealed some patients need psychological treatment for ‘post-intensive care syndrome’. 

And another scientific advisor to the Government told The Telegraph that ‘a very high proportion’ of Covid-19 survivors ‘cannot get back to a normal life’. 

‘And then suddenly it became everything, and each stage has been sort of a new terror and just when I thought we were moving forward suddenly it can now affect your body everywhere. 

‘There’s a huge post-viral syndrome, damage done in ways we didn’t know. I was sitting with Dr Hilary and he said it’s the lungs, it’s respiratory you’re fearing from COVID.’ 

Kate also reiterated that doctors had urged her to ‘get on with life’ while Derek continues to recover, insisting she had to be present for their two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10.

‘I have had moments, you know when you get abs gripped with fear and everything was going so well, but it’s happened to the world it’s happened to everybody, in this time you’ve seen people, I know people, you know people who have been watching this show who have been diagnosed with terrible illnesses,’ Kate added.

‘The doctors are saying to me now, ”You’ve got to get on, you’ve got to get on with life”. For Darcey and Billy effectively right now, they’ve lost their dad, they haven’t, he’s there.. he’s not a presence as he should be in their lives.’ 

What happened? Asked whether there had been any explanation for why Derek had been so badly affected by the virus, Kate admitted doctors are still unsure

What happened? Asked whether there had been any explanation for why Derek had been so badly affected by the virus, Kate admitted doctors are still unsure

Kate’s husband has been in hospital since March, and while Kate sparked hope over the weekend by revealing he has awoken from a coma, the star has been told his recovery could take years.  

‘I have had moments, you know when you get abs gripped with fear and everything was going so well, but it’s happened to the world it’s happened to everybody, in this time you’ve seen people, I know people, you know people who have been watching this show who have been diagnosed with terrible illnesses. ‘

Speaking about being back in the GMB studio, Kate said: ‘It feels lovely to be back, it feels very strange. The positive is I know, and I can hear Derek, I mucked up this week with the children. 

‘Billy is in year 6, they’d organised a hoodie and I missed it and everyone got one and he didn’t get it, and he was really upset and I was really upset, fortunately one of the mums had ordered two, so he has now got one. 

‘So I just thought, ”Come on Garraway” – Derek would be incensed with me – ”this is your priority, you’ve got to get on, you’ve got to get back into things, you’ve got to cope…”

‘The problem with this pandemic is it’s lives, it’s livelihoods, it’s fear and anxiety. I’ve got to get on and do the things I’m good at.’  

Stylish: Following her GMB appearance, Kate was spotted heading into Global Studios to appear on LBC

Protected: She donned a face mask along with her black and yellow printed midi dress, white ankle boots and a leather jacket

Stylish: Following her GMB appearance, Kate was spotted heading into Global Studios to appear on LBC, donning a protective face mask along with her black and yellow printed midi dress, white ankle boots and a leather jacket

Trying to move forward: Kate also said that her children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10, would be returning to school in September, as the family try to continue with life during Derek's recovery

Trying to move forward: Kate also said that her children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10, would be returning to school in September, as the family try to continue with life during Derek’s recovery

Kate then confirmed that she could be returning to GMB on Monday, to present the programme full-time during the summer holidays, as doctors have urged her to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.

She added: ‘I’m coming back – I’m not sure I’ve quite for the fight to be Piers Morgan, I’m going to be with Ben Shephard!’

‘I’ve been trying to keep everything going and I’m not especially different, everyone is having to get on with sadness grief and loss, so if I come back we’re all in the same boat.

‘Derek would not just be saying come back, he’d be saying, why haven’t you done it before? As he got into the ambulance he said, ”Go inside and make them feel safe, because they’re going to be panicking about this.” 

‘That would be his priority. My job is to make him feel safe and make them feel that they have a future and a world and whatever happens with Derek – we hope and believe he can come back to us – but whatever happens they have to feel they have a world. To see me getting on, they’re going to go back to school in September.’

Following the news of her return, Ben took to Twitter to reveal he’d been watching Kate’s interview, writing: ‘Don’t know about you but there’s something very right about seeing @kategarraway on my TV!  

Back together: After filming Piers shared a snap of his reunion with Kate backstage, adding it was 'lovely' to see her 'fabulous smile' again

Back together: After filming Piers shared a snap of his reunion with Kate backstage, adding it was ‘lovely’ to see her ‘fabulous smile’ again

Thrilled: Following Kate's announcement, Ben also took to Twitter to share his reaction, clearly thrilled they would be back behind the GMB desk once again

Thrilled: Following Kate’s announcement, Ben also took to Twitter to share his reaction, clearly thrilled they would be back behind the GMB desk once again

‘After all the darkness there is some light, cant wait to be with her in the studio on @gmb on Monday.’

He later added: ‘Really great to see @kategarraway chatting with @susannareid100 @piersmorgan and @DrHilaryJones You can tell it was special Piers even let Kate interrupt @GMB.’

Piers also took to Instagram to share a backstage snap with Kate, writing: ‘So lovely to have Kate back in the studio today & to see that fabulous smile again.

Clearly keeping optimistic about Derek’s recovery, Kate added; ‘I keep saying on FaceTime [to Derek], ”We are going to go to the Maldives!” They [the doctors] say, ”Maybe don’t book a ticket. Positive thinking, but don’t hand over the cash just yet…’ probably can’t fly anyway. [But they say] ‘Try and look where you’ve come from and try and look to the future.’

Kate said: ‘He’s absolutely fighting… he has an absolute will and if it’s about will to get back to see Darcey and Billy and me… I’ve been visualising sitting here with him. There’d be footage of him coming out of hospital.’

A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle  

MARCH  

Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.  

She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’

 ‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,

‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’

Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition. 

APRIL  

Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.

Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.

‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’ 

MAY 

Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight. 

‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’

That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers

She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’

JUNE 

On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body

JULY 

On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.

On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.   

She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.

Kate also admitted that having the support of her fans – and some of the UK’s biggest stars – has been a great comfort during Derek’s illness.

She explained: ‘Robert Rinder, he just texted me and said, ”I live really near to you, what can I do?” Darcey was making a photo wall and we didn’t have any Blu Tack.. and he was like, ”Ok…”. We now have a system, I’ll say to him [that we need] butter and milk and he’ll send back a rainbow and it’s on its way. 

‘David Beckham sent some video clips for the children, people have been incredibly lovely. Elton John contacted me. He got in touch, he said, ‘Hi Kate, It’s Elton’. I was like, ‘Elton…’ I think we do have a mutual friend. He was like, ‘What can I do to help?’ He said, ‘I’m on board’. 

‘He’s incredible. I put the phone down, and I’m like, ‘That was Elton John…’ I said, ‘I think he’s going to help!’

‘Amanda Holden, she texted me on Sunday, I felt so low, I read a text and I couldn’t even text back, I’m sorry Amanda, she text just saying, ‘I’m thinking of you, you’re doing amazing’, just reading that is incredible.’

As she spoke about the moments leading up to his hospitalisation in March, GMB host Piers read out a loving text from Derek, 52, in which he expressed his wish for his beloved wife to win I’m A Celebrity.

Piers said: ‘I text Derek saying ‘Kate deserves to win. She should win but either way it’s been fantastic because you’re coming across as the woman we know. This genuine, warm, funny person.

‘He said ‘ thanks Piers, she’s an amazing woman. I so so want her to be the number one for once. She deserves that so much.’

A visibly emotional Kate looked incredibly moved as she heard Derek’s touching sentiments.

Following her GMB appearance, Kate spoke to James O’Brien on LBC about how her two children have coped with Derek’s health battle, admitting that while she’s been ‘really open’ with them, she didn’t share the six times that their dad came close to death.

She said: ‘I didn’t tell them that, but I have been really honest and said he seems to be doing well but he’s really trying. They join in in very different ways, Billy just says hello, while Darcey will take to doing things and just talk to him as if it’s normal which I think has got to be a good thing. 

‘She built this chest of drawers they were going to build together and she was saying ”mum is so useless she doesn’t know what a Phillips screwdriver is” as if he was in the room, that’s got to be good for him to hear that familiar sound. 

‘He and Darcey had a great relationship when they would absolutely butt heads. I’m starting to put things into compartments, but I do get moments of being gripped with fear, because I miss him and you try and stay positive so I think it is… just before all of this I’d started to write a book on mindfulness and goodness me is this not challenging my methods. 

‘I’ve been trying some of the things I’ve been exploring in that. Sometimes when you’re gripped with fear it’s all you can do to feel the taste of something in your mouth, and that stops the adrenaline for a second, you can’t elevate yourself to joy but you can get a little bit of peace. 

Long road: Now that Derek has been declared COVID-free, Kate admitted she fears for the long-term damage the virus may have done, and whether that will affect Derek in his recovery (pictured together in December 2019)

Long road: Now that Derek has been declared COVID-free, Kate admitted she fears for the long-term damage the virus may have done, and whether that will affect Derek in his recovery (pictured together in December 2019)

Adding she hopes to get back to work on Smooth Radio in the near future, she said: ‘There’s a terrible feeling of isolation when the person you call first is in trouble, and having messages from people saying they’re going through the same thing. 

‘The doctors are saying now I’ve got to get on, and provide safe emotionally and practically in the short term, as a bit of a single mum get them back to life.’

Katie also revealed that she struggled with coronavirus when Derek was first admitted to hospital in March saying: ‘I’ve had it! My experience was as Derek was going in hospital, it was a bad case of fly and there was one day when I thought god if this gets worse I’m going to be in trouble, but it was nothing like this. When Derek went into hospital he didn’t have a cough he didn’t have a temperature.’

Kate previously spoke for the first time about when Derek was admitted, saying: ‘In that first week it looked like he was rallying. But then he was very bad, he couldn’t really speak to me, he could shout things to me on speakerphone. 

‘He was begging me, he said ”I can’t take this, I feel like I’m suffocating”, he said ”please let them put me in a coma” and they didn’t want to do that. On Sunday they said ”we’re going to put him in a coma as overnight we think we have to do that”.’

‘He said: ”I love you, I’m sorry I have to leave you, you’ve saved my life”. I think he thought I had asked the doctors to put in him in a coma. He said ”being married to you, the children, you saved my life”.’ 

On Sunday Kate revealed that Derek had awoken from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.

She told Hello! ‘The doctors have been urging me not to put my life on pause. They’ve told me that I need to go back to work and create a routine in our lives again.

‘The children and Derek are all I’ve thought about and they’re the most important people in my life, but I must create structure and normality for the children, to clean the bath, put the plates in the dishwasher and tidy the house.

‘I also need to get back to work so that I can provide for the children and we can do things together, to make them feel that the light hasn’t gone out of their lives, that there’s hope for the future.’

Happy: Kate and Derek have been married since 2005, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I'm A Celebrity last year (pictured after she left the jungle in December 2019)

Happy: Kate and Derek have been married since 2005, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year (pictured after she left the jungle in December 2019) 

Kate also made a rare appearance on social media on Monday night to share her gratitude for the support she has received, since revealing Derek has awoken from his coma.

She thanked the publication for ‘helping me to bring you some of my hopes and plans for the future’ and added: ‘The future we are really hoping for – Derek recovering & coming home – is not nearly in sight & very uncertain.

‘But it feels positive to share how we are trying to keep ourselves going as I know so many are dealing with terrible challenges in all sorts of ways as we all try to emerge from these ghastly times, just as we continue to hope Derek can emerge from his minimum state of consciousness.

‘I hope reading this helps in some way. Thank you everyone for your lovely good wishes and for sending me your stories of how you’ve been coping too. I hope that some of the [article] brings some comfort – we’re all in this together. Keep the hope alive and keep moving forwards! [sic]’

On Monday Piers and Susanna announced that Kate would be appearing on the show, before they headed off for a summer break.

Piers said: ‘A few papers are doing a lot of coverage today on our colleague and friend Kate Garraway and the situation involving her husband Derek. 

‘It’s probably not quite as positive a story as the papers perhaps believe and we’ve just got a little clarification from Kate’s representative.’ 

The statement read: ‘These headlines give a level of optimism that may not yet be justified, we hope, as does Kate there will be more evidence of a recovery but it will be a very slow and uncertain path.’  

Touching: Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political advisor and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s (pictured together in 2006)

Touching: Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political advisor and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s (pictured together in 2006)

During an appearance on GMB last month, Kate spoke about the start of Derek’s devastating illness, saying: ‘Derek had a painful shoulder for a couple months, and had been taking medication and having scans

‘He was due to have a steroid injection, he felt unwell and was home tutoring the kids. I got back and said ”you don’t you look right babe, i think it’s the painkillers.”

‘I just had this weird feeling, asked if he had a cough. He didn’t, he said ‘I think I’ve got weird sinusitis.” I rang the doctor, I said ‘you don’t look great, no real feeling that it’s COVID, he had none of those symptoms.’

‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said ‘god you look ill. He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe, 

‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance. I said ‘I can’t believe I’m calling an ambulance’, I was very scared.’ 

Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political advisor and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s.  

After moving to Los Angeles for three years and retraining as a therapist, his friend GMTV’s political correspondent, Gloria De Piero, offered to set him up with her friend and colleague Kate. 

Derek said: ‘I haven’t been depressed for years, since just before I met Kate, who has changed me for the better anyway.

‘I eventually realised I had been masking the depression for years with overwork, drinking or womanising… the drink, drugs and promiscuity, were all toys and inside, unbeknownst to me, the little child part of me was in the driving seat.’  

Wedding plans: Following her stint on I'm A Celebrity, the couple were planning to renew their vows in the coming months after Kate revealed Derek had proposed for a second time

Wedding plans: Following her stint on I’m A Celebrity, the couple were planning to renew their vows in the coming months after Kate revealed Derek had proposed for a second time

Kate and Derek have been married since 2005, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year.

Following her stint on I’m A Celebrity, the couple were planning to renew their vows in the coming months after Kate revealed Derek had proposed for a second time. 

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, Kate explained that the proposal idea had come about after she had removed her engagement ring while competing in the jungle.

However, the big moment – which happened off-camera – didn’t quite go to plan as Derek became too overwhelmed with emotion.    

She said: ‘You’re told you can’t take any jewellery into the jungle. I didn’t want to take my wedding ring off, as I never have since we got married. But I did take my engagement ring off.

‘When Derek came to meet me after I left the jungle, he was planning to propose to me again [with the ring, in front of the TV cameras], but he got overwhelmed and burst into tears.’

Candid: Speaking about being back in the GMB studio, Kate said: 'It feels lovely to be back, it feels very strange.' It marked her first time back on the show since Derek was admitted to hospital

Candid: Speaking about being back in the GMB studio, Kate said: ‘It feels lovely to be back, it feels very strange.’ It marked her first time back on the show since Derek was admitted to hospital

Discussing the heartwarming moment further, she continued: ‘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.’       

Derek is best-known for his career as a former lobbyist who suffered a fall from grace when he was embroiled in two scandals. He was a former adviser to Tony Blair’s government and known for his party lifestyle.

During his time as a political adviser he was embroiled in two political scandals – 1998’s Lobbygate and in 2009 a scandal surrounding LabourList, the website he edited. 

In 1998 he was caught in a sting by an undercover Observer reporter, bragging about his access to goverment ministers. 

The Lobbygate scandal led to his Daily Express column being axed, the loss of his lobbying job and his firing from his role as editor of New Labour Magazine Progress.

He previously told The Scotsman: ‘Everyone assumes I got depressed because of the scandal. Actually, I had been depressed for two years, from around 1996. I thought I had a physical virus. I’d always been quite arrogant and cocky, but I think I put all my unhappiness into my obsession with the Labour Party.

‘The really spectacular breakdown came two years into my depression with the lobbying thing. That was the killer.’

Derek Draper: How meeting Kate rescued the hard-living former lobbyist from his battles with depression 

Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political adviser and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s. 

After moving to Los Angeles for three years and retraining as a therapist, his friend GMTV’s political correspondent, Gloria De Piero, offered to set him up with her friend and colleague Kate.    

Derek said: ‘I haven’t been depressed for years, since just before I met Kate, who has changed me for the better anyway.

‘I eventually realised I had been masking the depression for years with overwork, drinking or womanising… the drink, drugs and promiscuity, were all toys and inside, unbeknownst to me, the little child part of me was in the driving seat.’  

Soulmates: Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political adviser and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s (pictured 2006)

Soulmates: Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political adviser and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s (pictured 2006)

Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year, he flew out to Australia with their two children to meet her. 

The couple, who wed in September 2005, have previously discussed their union, with Derek admitting that he feared she was ‘a high-maintenance TV bimbo’. 

Following her stint on I’m A Celebrity, the couple were planning to renew their vows in the coming months after Kate revealed Derek had proposed for a second time.   

Speaking to Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, Kate explained that the proposal idea had come about after she had removed her engagement ring while competing in the jungle.

However, the big moment – which happened off-camera – didn’t quite go to plan as Derek became too overwhelmed with emotion.  

She said: ‘You’re told you can’t take any jewellery into the jungle. I didn’t want to take my wedding ring off, as I never have since we got married. But I did take my engagement ring off.

‘When Derek came to meet me after I left the jungle, he was planning to propose to me again [with the ring, in front of the TV cameras], but he got overwhelmed and burst into tears.’

Discussing the heartwarming moment further, she continued: ‘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.’ 

Derek is best-known for his career as a former lobbyist, who suffered a fall from grace when he was embroiled in the 1998 Lobbygate scandal. 

Lancashire-born Derek was a former advisor to Tony Blair’s government and known for his party lifestyle before he met Kate.

During his time as a political adviser he was embroiled in two political scandals – 1998’s Lobbygate and in 2009 a scandal surrounding LabourList, the website he edited. 

In 1998 he was caught in a sting by an undercover Observer reporter, bragging about his access to government ministers.

The Lobbygate scandal led to his Daily Express column being axed, the loss of his lobbying job and his firing from his role as editor of New Labour Magazine Progress.

He previously told The Scotsman: ‘Everyone assumes I got depressed because of the scandal. 

‘Actually, I had been depressed for two years, from around 1996. I thought I had a physical virus. I’d always been quite arrogant and cocky, but I think I put all my unhappiness into my obsession with the Labour Party.

‘The really spectacular breakdown came two years into my depression with the lobbying thing. That was the killer.’

Depression he had been battling for two years turned into a nervous breakdown, with Derek spending a month in the Priory and undergoing therapy.  

He went on to write two books – Blair’s 100 Days and Life Support – before moving to LA for three years and retraining as a psychotherapist.

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