Piers Morgan has opened up about supporting his Good Morning Britain colleague, Kate Garraway, after it was revealed her husband may never wake up after a devastating battle with coronavirus.
The couple – who have been married since 2005 – were due to renew their vows this summer following Kate’s stint in the I’m A Celebrity jungle last year. But now that’s the least of her worries.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Piers said, ‘”Now, agonisingly, Kate doesn’t even know if she will ever get Derek home again, let alone to renew those vows.
“It’s unbearably, gut-wrenchingly sad.”
Piers revealed he offered advice to Kate after her husband, Derek, was hospitalised back in April with coronavirus and remained in intensive care for ten weeks.
He told her to treat the situation like a “massive breaking news story” in order to keep Kate focussed, but admitted it has been a “desperately sad time” for those who know and love Kate.
Kate described the situation as a “living hell” to Piers – who has reached out to her numerous times over the last few months.
“’It’s a living hell, to be honest,’ she replied when I messaged her to check if she was OK. ‘I keep saying I can’t bear it, then somehow do,’” Piers revealed.
The biggest drain on TV’s golden girl, Kate, is “managing feelings and holding in the same moment your greatest hope, greatest fear and total uncertainty about which way it’s going to go – all the time.”
Brave Kate appeared on Good Morning Britain earlier this month to discuss Derek’s condition and said while he has overcome coronavirus, the disease has “wreaked extraordinary damage” on his body and has “attacked all his vital organs”.
“The fight with the virus has been won and he’s still here but it’s wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that,” Kate said.
“He’s still with us and has fought the most extraordinary battle.
“The fact that he is still here, I am so grateful.
“He is very, very sick. It has affected him from the top of his head to the bottom of his toes,” Kate added, highlighting the severe impact of the illness.
Piers said what makes it “especially tragic” is how well suited Kate and Derek are and how “blissfully happy” they were after announcing they were going to renew their vows last year.
He said, “What makes it so especially tragic is that in Derek, 52, she found her unlikely soulmate.
“But the truth is that she and Derek, although by their own admission very different people, are actually perfectly suited and have a wonderfully strong and happy marriage.”