Kate Garraway reveals harrowing moment teen daughter asked if she was going to kill herself amid Derek's covid battle
KATE Garraway has shared the harrowing moment her 15-year-old daughter Darcey asked her if she was going to kill herself amid husband Derek's coronavirus battle.
The 53-year-old star opened up during an appearance on This Morning today, where she revealed just how concerned her two children have been about her mental wellbeing.
Speaking to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Kate said: "Darcey at one point actually said: 'Mum are you going to kill yourself?' out of the blue."
Holly and Phil gasped in shock, with Kate going on: "That sounds horrific, but if you know Darcey she's really blunt and she'll always go to the most awful thing you can imagine and work her way back.
"She just came out with this sentence and I said: 'Oh my god, no, why would you think that?!'
"She said she wasn't, but: 'I just thought I better check'. I said: 'No, if anything it's the absolute opposite – I'm so scared you thought of that.'
"She said: 'Don't make a big thing of it'."
Phil replied: "If anything, that's the most brutal way of asking: 'Are you okay?'"
Kate agreed, adding: "And it made me realise she's not just thinking of her dad, but also me and her brother."
Darcey is Derek and Kate's oldest daughter, with the two also mum and dad to 11-year-old Billy.
The TV favourite has repeatedly heaped praise on her children for how strong they have been throughout Derek's ordeal, with their dad rushed to hospital last March with coronavirus.
He remained in intensive care for over a year, his body "ravaged" by the deadly illness, but was able to return home earlier this month – although he still needs 24 hour medical care.
Speaking about Billy and Darcey, Kate said today: "They've been extraordinary, living with the uncertainty of possibly losing him must have been one of the hardest things.
"He has been out of their life for a year, even if he'd been abroad for a year that would have had an impact."
Discussing how they tend to Derek now he is at home, the star added: "They're brilliant with him, they instinctively know what he needs now we are at home and can touch him and hug him.
"Billy will particularly go over and hold his hand, and then let it go for a bit if it's too much."
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It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
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Kate also revealed the subtle ways that the children showed they were looking out for her, including watching her favourite afternoon TV shows despite having no interest in it themselves.
Elsewhere, Kate said that Derek still has "a long way to go", but she is thrilled that he can remember "lots of little details" – having initially been scared that the family could end up being like strangers to him.
She went on: "Now there are things he does which are miraculous, but physically he's very changed – everything has to be done for him and we have a very different life."
Derek was the UK's longest-surviving coronavirus in-patient, spending more than a year in intensive care with the illness.
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