Jacqueline Jossa: Kate Garraway has been so inspiring throughout husband's COVID-19 battle

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 April 2021
Jacqueline Jossa

Jacqueline Jossa

Jacqueline Jossa thinks Kate Garraway is "inspiring" as she has remained strong throughout Derek Draper's life-threatening battle with COVID-19

Jacqueline Jossa thinks Kate Garraway's strength is "inspiring" following her husband Derek Draper's COVID-19 battle.

The 28-year-old actress was in awe of how the 'Good Morning Britian' presenter was able to stay strong during her husband's battle for his life, as he spent a year in intensive care after testing positive for coronavirus in March 2020.

Jacqueline – who starred with Kate in 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here' in late 2019 – told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “It’s just so horrible. Kate is the most loveliest human being you will ever meet in your life. No-one deserves that and obviously Derek is super lovely as well.

“It’s kind of surreal because I felt like we had just left them. It was a weird thing but she was incredible and I find her really inspiring because she just really kept on going. I truly believe her positive vibes and positive thinking really really helped their situation. I don’t know how she held it together. She’s amazing.”

Derek, 53, was rushed to hospital in March 2020 and put into an induced coma, and although his body fought off the virus after a few weeks, the lasting effects stuck with him for an entire year.

The former lobbyist finally returned home to his wife and kids Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, earlier this month.

Jacqueline has praised Kate for being "strong" throughout the terrifying experience as she know how much the 53-year-old presenter loves her husband.

She explained: “I did meet Derek and their kids and they are an absolutely lovely family. It’s weird because all Kate did was talk about Derek, so I had a vision of what he was like. She literally would cry every time that she spoke about him, she just loved him so much. It was so nice.

“She’s so strong though. She’s just been dealing with it how she feels appropriate and she’s got kids to keep strong for.”