Kate Garraway has emotionally opened up on her children’s reactions to their dad Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle and the documentary she has made about their journey.
The 53 year old took to Good Morning Britain, which she hosts, to discuss the documentary Finding Derek, which will air tonight, Tuesday, at 9pm.
He husband Derek, also 53, was hospitalised with coronavirus in March 2020, and still remains there as he fights complications due to the illness.
Ahead of the airing of her one-off show, Kate has discussed how the couple’s children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, have coped with their dad’s year in hospital.
When asked by hosts of the ITV breakfast show Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid how their children were, Kate sighed: “I don’t know.”
She continued: “I mean, they are fundamentally extraordinary. You know, every child is extraordinary, every parent thinks their child is extraordinary, I think they’ve coped tremendously well.
“I mean, the simple act of talking on a FaceTime to a dad who’s very changed, it’s a huge one. They cope with it in their different ways, they’re amazing.”
Kate then went on to reveal Billy’s hilarious reaction to the documentary and the relief she felt when he announced his main concern about the show.
She said: “They’ve both seen it, the documentary, I wanted to make sure they had felt comfortable with it.
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“I was comforted by the fact that A, obviously they’ve seen a lot of things that will be a shock to people because they’ve been speaking to him on FaceTime.
“And then, Billy’s main comment was, ‘I can’t believe that they showed the bit of me on the trampoline before I could do a backflip, I’ve since learnt to do one’.
“As soon as he said that I was like, okay we’re fine, we’re fine, he’s worried about his backflip.
“But of course he’s not, he’s worried about his dad and they’re coping everyday.
“I just think actually, you know, it’s a compliment to Derek because he’s filled them with so much love and confidence up until now and hopefully will be able to again, they have that inside of them.”