Kate Garraway has revealed her 15-year-old daughter bluntly asked her if she was going to kill herself in a heartbreaking conversation in the midst of Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle.
The Good Morning Britain host appeared on This Morning today to discuss her her husband Derek’s health battle, after he was placed into a coma for months after contracting coronavirus last March.
In the year that followed, Kate has been raising daughter Darcey and son Billy, 11, by herself, and now that Derek is finally home Kate has been touched by how supportive they have been.
But speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning, Kate explained that in darker moments of the year, she was left heartbroken when Darcey confronted her about her own wellbeing.
She explained: ‘I think they [the children] were at times just wondering, was I going to be OK? Was I going to be able to keep going?
‘Darcey at one point actually said “mum, are you going to kill yourself?” – out of the blue.’
When Holly reacted in shock, Kate continued: ‘The thing is, that sounds horrific, obviously, but if you know Darcey, she is really blunt and she’ll always go to the most awful thing she can imagine and work her way back.
‘At times that can be “you’re not wearing that are mum?” because that’s the most awful thing she can imagine, but she just came out with this sentence, and I said “Oh my God, No. Why would you think that?”
‘She said “Well I wasn’t, but I just thought I better check.”’
‘If anything it’s the absolute opposite,’ Kate assured. ‘I can’t imagine what would be more opposite. But I’m so scared [she] thought of that.’
‘She said: “Oh don’t make a big thing of it.”‘
Kate has released a book called The Power Of Hope covering what she’s been through over the past year.
Kate, 53, previously said of the book: ‘Whilst my experience of Covid is an extreme/extraordinary one, I am only too aware that this virus has impacted every single one of us.
‘We are all going through this, to a greater or lesser degree. By telling the story of Derek’s illness and how it has altered our lives, I hope to be able to reach out to others who are suffering.’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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