Kate Garraway pays emotional tribute to husband Derek Draper on Father's Day

Kate Garraway has broken her social media silence to praise her husband Derek as the ‘best dad in the world’ as he continues to fight for his health in hospital.

Derek, who has been in a coma due to complications from coronavirus, is clearly close to her and her children’s thoughts this Father’s Day, and used the occasion to praise the leading men in her life during this difficult time.

In an emotional Instagram post she thanked her ‘Dad Trinity’ – Derek, his father, and her own father – for all they do for her and her two children Darcey, and Billy.

She wrote: ‘Happy Fathers Day to all the wonderful Daddy’s out there. A tough day for us but am filled with so much love & gratitude to still have for my Dad “Trinity “ – thats my Dad Gordon , Derek’s dad Ken and of course Derek himself (officially the Best Dad in the World according to Darcey & Billy.)

‘All three of them never happier than when they are with their children. I’m so grateful to have you still in our lives – & know so many today don’t have that. But the love is there – no separation can change that.’

Kate then apologised for being absent from social media despite her husband’s battle with coronavirus, and said she just ‘needed a little time’ after her appearance back from Good Morning Britain and interview with The Sun, where she admitted her fears that Derek may never recover.

‘They were incredibly emotional experiences & to be honest left me with a range of feelings – gratitude to @itv & @janemoore for giving me the chance to let all who so touchingly care for Derek know what he is up against but also rather overwhelmed by the long road that lies ahead,’ she explained.

‘Whatever happens next I’m afraid it IS going to be a long road, with an uncertain end that isn’t even nearly in sight right now,’ Kate continued.

‘BUT. This week I am refocusing on hope that as a family we are going to pull together with the support of friends and get through everything come what may.

‘Hope- because I know that the amazing people keeping Derek alive, stand shoulder to shoulder with me in NEVER giving up on him and, of course, hope that my wonderful Derek is going to keep fighting this and eventually start to slowly recover.’

After all we are all having to do that aren’t we in one way or another – this ghastly time has affected us all & life deals us blows that we just have to bounce back from & celebrate the good.

‘This Father’s Day I am sending you all the love & positivity in the world – let’s seek out the joy! #staypositive #hope #fathersday.’

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