Myles Stephenson on being ‘big brother’ to Kate Garraway’s children

Kate Garraway has had a tough few months as husband Derek Draper continues to fight for his life in a coma.

The 52-year-old was rushed to hospital back in March with coronavirus, and moved to intensive care shortly after as his symptoms worsened.

And Kate’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here campmates have been rallying around her and their two children – William and Darcey – following his illness.

Myles Stephenson opened up on his ‘close relationship’ with the Garraway family, explaining that he’s just concentrating on being supportive for them all.

‘It breaks my heart,’ the Celebrity MasterChef star said. ‘I have such a close relationship with them all – including Derek.

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‘Kate knows I am there for her at the drop of a dime – for her and the kids – anything she needs.

‘She has taken me up on the offer a few times, but I don’t really want to say what she’s asked of. It’s just about looking out for the kids and being a big brother to them.

‘It’s been very hard. All we can do is pray for Derek and pray for Kate and the kids as well,’ he added to the Sun.

Myles isn’t the only famous face to reach out to the Good Morning Britain star, with Myleene Klass explaining she is ‘always in touch’ with the presenter.

Chatting to Express, she said: ‘There’s not a day I don’t sit in Kate’s chair and think about what she must be going through.

‘I’m always in touch making sure she is okay…. It’s very, very sobering at the same time.

‘Because I can sit with my family at the dinner table but not everyone can. That’s a constant reminder.’

Derek was taken to hospital at the end of March, and his symptoms worsened soon after.

Kate broke down as she appeared on GMB last month, tearing up as she confirmed that he was officially ‘coronavirus-free’ – but the illness had ‘wreaked havoc’ on his body. 

’He’s very, very sick. And as time goes on… It’s a virus, it’s like a computer virus I think,’ she told Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh. 

‘The doctors manage one bit extraordinarily well and there seems to be a flicker of hope, and then other things emerge and they’re fighting that. 

‘It’s affected him from the top of his head to the tip of his toes.’

‘He’s now Covid-free so he’s testing negative for the Covid virus,’ she added. ‘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.’

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