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KATE GARRAWAY'S husband Derek Draper contracted coronavirus in March 2020 which left him critically ill.

He spent over a year in hospital, before finally returning home to be cared for by his GMB star wife and their children.

2Kate Garraway with her husband Derek Draper, before he got sick - they are seen here with their childrenCredit: Splash News What is the latest on Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper?

In her memoir Kate Garraway: The Power of Hope, the presenter stated she had received support from a member of the royal family amid her husband's Covid battle.

On October 20, 2021, while attending an awards ceremony for Prince Charles' Trust Awards, she revealed that the prince of Wales was the royal to have extended a helping hand.

"You might not remember but you were very kind to me because my husband got very sick with Covid after the last Prince's Trust Awards", Kate told the Duke of Cornwall.

"You wrote to me and gave me help from your doctors, so thank you very much... and he did improve."

Speaking openly about her husband's long recovery, Kate gave a painful update on his health back on October 9, 2021, opening up about missing the "small things."

During an interview with The Telegraph, the former political advisor claimed that Derek was still sleeping 20 hours a day.

"It's not been easy", she said, "everyone wants to know how Derek is doing, and I want to say: 'he's doing great!' Because I so want to give them a happy ending."

Since contracting Covid, Derek has suffered from several complications including brain inflammation and damage to the lungs, kidneys, heart and liver.

"The doctors believe that there will be a trajectory but that it will be very slow."

"Derek will still sleep for 20 hours a day, for example."

Derek receives round-the-clock care after returning to his family home and, although he is able to communicate, Kate has realised that he is unable to communicate as he did before contracting coronavirus.

Applauding her two children's "bravery", Kate also confessed she had not cried over the ordeal, admitting she is not ready to talk to a therapist for fear of "opening the floodgates."

On September 9, 2021, Kate choked back the tears as she was honoured for her documentary on husband Derek Draper’s gruelling battle with Covid.

The Good Morning Britain presenter got a standing ovation at the National Television Awards for Finding Derek.

Wiping away tears, she said: “Thank you so much for voting. I wonder if the reason you did because our story is your story.

“We’ve all been touched by the pandemic. Whether it’s livelihood, mental health, all the other extraordinary documentaries which have been highlighted and nominated tonight, they have also been affected by the pandemic.”

Back in March 2021 Kate's documentary Finding Derek aired on ITV.

In the film Kate was seen breaking down in tears as Derek spoke for the first time after coming out of a coma.

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In heartbreaking scenes, the Good Morning Britain presenter revealed how emotional it was to see such progress after 214 days in hospital.

Kate shared a video of herself filming her husband during a rehab session and captured the extraordinary moment.

When the doctor asked if the movement was ok, he said: “Pain”.

Speaking about the moment afterwards, Kate said: “So that is the first time I saw him mouth a word and he mouths pain, I saw it really clearly and I said ‘pain, pain’."

Unable to fight back tears, the mum-of-two said: “It makes me cry because that is a massive breakthrough- the fact his brain can communicate to his mouth to shape the word pain."

2Kate's Finding Derek documentary moved the nation to tearsCredit: ITV Timeline of Derek Draper's coronavirus battle 2020
  • March 30: Derek rushed to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
  • Mid April: Derek was admitted to intensive care four days later. He entered a coma as his condition deteriorated.
  • May 1: Kate shared that Derek is still unresponsive.
  • May 28: The GMB presenter said that Derek is still in a coma and under the care of the NHS but that she is hopeful.
  • May 31: Kate revealed she has been forced to find new ways to keep her kids strong as Derek remains critical.
  • June 2: Kate is urged to "have hope" as her fans send her uplifting stories.
  • June 5: Kate made an emotional appearance on GMB to tell viewers that her husband is "very very sick" but "Covid free", and that they are not sure if "he will recover".
  • June 6: Kate told The Sun that Derek may be locked in a coma forever after coronavirus "attacked everything".
  • June 7: Kate also revealed to The Sun that her son, Billy, 10, sleeps beside his dad's empty bed while he is in a coronavirus coma.
  • June 14: Piers Morgan writes in his Daily Mail column that Kate doesn't know if Derek will ever come home.
  • July 5: Kate revealed that Derek has woken from the coma and is now opening his eyes.
  • July 8: Kate goes on GMB to talk about Derek being out of coma but how it is "a miracle he is still alive".
  • July 13: Kate returns to GMB.
  • July 14: Kate reveals she will be visiting Derek in hospital.
  • July 19: Kate revealed her heartache at Derek missing their son's birthday.
  • July 21: Kate revealed her husband heard her voice when nurses put GMB on for him. She also revealed that she would be visiting him for a second time.
  • July 22: Kate's Global radio colleague Roman Kemp revealed that her kids are going through a "tough time".
  • July 27: On GMB, Kate reveals she is "at her limit" after a car tyre blowout on the motorway. The terrifying blowout occurred when Kate was driving back to the hospital to visit Derek after taking their children on a trip to Kent.
  • July 28: Kate reveals Derek is stable but hasn't improved, but that she visited him in hospital a day earlier despite her car blowout.
  • July 29: Kate's Good Morning Britain colleague Alex Beresford said he has been "in awe" of her resilience.
  • August 3: Kate revealed Jeremy Kyle helped take her kids Billy and Darcey to stay with ill dad Derek’s parents.
  • August 4: Kate revealed how she wanted to donate her own blood to save Derek.
  • August 10: Kate revealed how she desperately wants Derek to wake up.
  • August 11: Kate said she will donate "liquid gold" plasma although it's too late for it to have an affect on Derek as he is no longer fighting coronavirus.
  • August 13: Kate wishes husband Derek "good morning" as she tells GMB viewers he’ll be watching in hospital.
  • August 17: Kate missed her slot on Good Morning Britain - though she was scheduled to have a day off.
  • August 19: Kate returns to GMB after taking a few days off. - she revealed she fought back tears at a "challenging" day being separated from Derek on his 53rd birthday.
  • August 20: Kate reveals she has received "abuse" about "laughing and joking" on Good Morning Britain while Derek remains in intensive care.
  • September 10: Kate revealed it's a "tough day" as it's their 15th Wedding Anniversary and she cannot visit Derek.
  • September 11: Kate revealed Derek was still unable to speak but she would be visiting him in hospital to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary.
  • September 25: Kate reveals it had been a "tough week" for Derek.
  • September 28: Kate's ITV breakfast colleague Lorraine Kelly rips into Covid protesters saying they need to see Kate's "hell’.
  • September 29: It was revealed how Derek's six-month Covid battle is now longest in the UK.
  • October 1: Kate said she is tempted to show Covid rule-breakers a picture of Derek and warned "you don’t want this in your life’".
  • October 30: Derek uttered his first word - "pain" after 214 days in hospital.
  • November 20: Kate says she feels "physically sick" about Christmas alone without Derek.
  • December 7: Kate reflected on her "missed moments" of 2020 as husband continues to battle coronavirus in hospital
  • December 17: Kate fights back tears as she thanks the nurses who ‘saved husband Derek’s life’ for the first time.
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  • January 7, 2021: Kate reveals her kids saw sick husband Derek for the first time since March 2020 over Christmas, but lockdown means she's banned from seeing him again.
  • February 11, 2021: Kate returns to GMB and reveals her heartache after being unable to see Derek since Christmas and says there’s "no end in sight".
  • February 26, 2021: Dr Hilary reveals he has been supporting Kate.
  • March 20, 2021: Kate said her seriously-ill husband Derek's brain is "no longer his friend".
  • March 23. 2021: Kate's Finding Derek documentary airs and reveals the heartbreaking moment her husband woke up from his coma.
  • April 8, 2021: Derek set to return home where he will continue to receive round-the-clock care.
  • April 9, 2021: Derek is finally back in his family home in North London after over a year in hospital.
  • September 9, 2021: Kate was left in tears as she accepted an NTA gong for her documentary about Derek.
  • October 9, 2021: Kate claimed Derek is still sleeping 20 hours a day and is unable to communicate as he did before contracting Covid.
  • October 21, 2021: Kate revealed Prince Charles is the royal who extended a helping hand amid Derek's Covid battle during the Prince's Trust Awards at St James' Palace in London.

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Who is Pat Benatar’s husband Neil Giraldo?

ROCK and Roll legend Pat Benatar married bandmate and guitarist Neil Giraldo in 1982, creating a lasting love story.

Benatar is best known for her hit songs Heartbreaker and Love is a Battlefield, which reached the number one spot in Australia, the Netherlands, and on the US Rock Tracks chart in 1983.

2Neil Giraldo married Pat Benatar in 1982Credit: Getty What was Neil Giraldo’s role in the band?

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Neil Giraldo met Pat Benatar, whose real name is Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, when he joined her band in 1979 as a guitarist.

The pair worked together to create 15 hits that reached the Top 40, won four consecutive Grammys, and sold 36million albums over a 40-year career.

When Giraldo and Benatar found each other, they realized it was a match made in Heaven. “All I was looking for was a great singer,” Giraldo said in an interview with CBS News.

“I just wanted to find that, so I could write songs, produce, make great records."

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Benatar countered, “I didn't want to be a solo artist. I wanted what Robert Plant and Jimmy Page had together, or Keith and Mick. I wanted that back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.”

When Giraldo suggested Benatar hit a higher vocal range, they revolutionized her sound with their first hit, Heartbreaker.

“… The minute we did it I was like, 'That's it. That's it,'" Giraldo said. "I just knew it, I knew it.

“I wasn't looking back."

2Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar became bandmates in 1979Credit: Getty When did Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo become an item?

Tragically, when Benatar and Giraldo met they were both anchored down in other relationships.

Benatar was 26 at the time and married to her high school sweetheart, Dennis Benatar, and Giraldo, who was 23, was dating actress Linda Blair.

In 1979, Benatar was going through a divorce from her then-husband when Giraldo confessed something to her while on tour.

He believed Blair to be cheating on him, and Benatar told Classic Rock & Culture Magazine at that moment she was thinking, “You are mine.”

Where did they get married?

The beginning of the rest of their lives began on a spontaneous trip to Hawaii in 1982. They were visiting Maui for John Waite’s solo debut of Ignition, which Giraldo had produced and was mixing.

It was an impulsive decision as the couple drove around the island and they had to persuade two passersby to accompany them to the ceremony as witnesses.

The honeymoon didn’t last long as Benatar was due back in Los Angeles for the 1982 Grammy Awards.

It was that night she won her second Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance for her song Fire and Ice.

Benatar and Giraldo had their first child, Haley Giraldo in 1985. The 36-year-old now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Matt Williams.

Their second daughter, Hana Giraldo, was born in 1994 and followed in her parent’s footsteps to pursue singing, acting, and fashion.

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