Kate Garraway reveals the incredible way David Beckham supported her during husband Derek's Covid-19 battle

David reached out when Derek was in his worst state

Kate Garraway
(Image credit: Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Kate Garraway has revealed the incredible support she received from David Beckham when her husband Derek was at his illest. 

Derek was admitted to hospital in March 2020 after falling seriously ill with COVID-19. The former political advisor was in intensive care for over a year while his body fought the huge damage coronavirus had on his vital organs but was finally able to return home earlier this month.

Derek is living in a reduced state of consciousness, having been in an induced coma. However, he is now able to be cared for at home, so that he can be near to Kate and their children, Darcey, 15, and 11-year-old Billy. 

Now, Kate has opened up about how David Beckham reached out with a special act of kindness during one of Derek's worst points.

More from woman&home:
• The best pillow for your best nights sleep
• Improve home air quality with the best air purifiers
• These best induction pans will help you cook up a storm

Kate Garraway and husband Derek Draper

(Image credit: (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images) / Getty Images)

Kate, who has maintained her work as a Good Morning Britain host and presenter on Smooth Radio throughout Derek's health battle, revealed that David reached out to her on Instagram when Derek was placed in the coma last year. 

Writing in her book, Kate Garraway: The Power Of Hope, she recalled how dad-of-four David sent personalized videos to Darcey and Billy, praising them for staying so strong during the hard time. 

"I hadn’t had the chance to look at social media so it was Darcey and Billy who spotted it and squealed with delight," Kate, who even touched the hearts of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, penned. 

"I messaged him back, thanking him and saying the kids were thrilled. 

"He sent a personal video to each of them – words of encouragement and fun. He said he’d been thinking of his own kids and how they might feel."

Recently, Kate shared news of Derek's progress with her GMB colleagues, telling them of a moment that reminded her of how he was before he became ill. 

"It has been wonderful having Derek at home. And lots of little positives, I think.

"And whether these are positives because it is genuinely helping his cognition, being at home, or whether it is because I am there to see the little things. You know?

"Whereas I could not go in before and we were on FaceTime and stuff. But yes it feels really positive. There have been little moments of recognition and reaction," she said to Adil Ray and Susanna Reid. 

See more

"He actually said something the other day – I actually walked in, just before I was about to leave the house, to go to Smooth Radio.

“I said ‘right, I am going to go to Smooth now’ and he said ‘new dress?’ which was just amazing. And it was, actually.

"I thought that was amazing on so many levels because he recognised it, second he remembered and realised that I need a lot of flattery, so there was some recognition of what our relationship was based on."

Caitlin Elliott