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Kate Garraway makes ’terribly sad’ decision for husband Derek

It comes following Derek's devastating battle with COVID-19

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Kate Garraway has been forced to make a “terribly sad” decision about her husband Derek Draper.

The 54-year-old presenter has been forced to shut down her husband’s business after it reportedly racked up debts of over £200k when he was struck down with COVID-19.

Kate Garraway and husband Derek Draper
Derek and Kate prior to his battle with COVID-19 (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Kate Garraway’s ‘terribly sad’ decision on her husband’s behalf

Kate has been forced to make a devastating decision on behalf of her husband, Derek, recently.

Good Morning Britain star Kate was apparently left with no choice but to shut down her husband’s once successful psychotherapy company.

Read more: Kate Garraway admits sad truth about husband Derek behind the scenes at Love Your Garden

Derek set up Astra Aspera LTD in 2011, and it earned a reported £1m in the year before he was struck down with OVID.

Earlier on in the month, it was reported that Kate was determined to save her husband’s company.

However, her efforts proved to be in vain, and she was forced to accept that it had to be shut down.

Kate Garraway and husband Derek Draper sitting in their garden on Love Your Garden
Derek’s company was set up in 2011 (Credit: ITV)

Kate Garraway shuts down her husband’s business

In March 2020, Derek was hit hard by COVID. He spent a year in hospital and is now seriously incapacitated.

While he was ill with the virus last year, Kate was appointed as a director at the company.

However, the debts started adding up, making it more and more difficult to keep the company in business.

It is believed that by the time the company folded, it owed approximately £184,000, as well as £125,000 in taxes.

“It’s terribly sad, but Derek can’t work and has no prospect of being able to do so in the near future, so Kate thought it best to close it down,” a friend of Kate’s told the Daily Mail.

ED! has contacted Kate and Dereks’ reps for comment.

Kate Garraway speaks about husband Derek on Love Your Garden
Kate is set to be very busy this year (Credit: ITV)

What else has Kate been up to recently?

Kate’s already had a busy start to 2022, and it looks like this is going to continue going forward.

It was recently announced that she would be hosting a Saturday morning show on ITV in the spring.

Kate’s new show, Garraway’s Good Stuff, will be a lifestyle magazine show, where she will be joined by friends and celebrities alike. The new series will initially run for 22 60-minute episodes.

Read more: Kate Garraway reveals ’emotional’ moment between husband Derek and son Billy 

Whilst this is undoubtedly exciting news for Kate, not everyone was happy. Some ITV viewers claimed that the new show is “yet another sympathy show for her”.

“Sorry but Monday to Friday is enough for me Kate,” one tweeted upon hearing the news.

However, others were more positive about the news. “Fantastic news. Well done Kate!” one said.

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