Kate Garraway feels ‘strange’ as she goes on first night out in 17 months without husband Derek

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Kate Garraway has admitted she felt "strange" as she enjoyed her first night out in 17 months and without husband Derek Draper.

The 54 year old took a well-deserved night off from caring for Derek, 53, who is battling complications from coronavirus – which left him in hospital for over a year.

Good Morning Britain host Kate rubbed shoulders – albeit socially distanced – with other stars as she attended the launch of magic and illusion show Wonderville at London's Palace Theatre.

Discussing her well-earned night on the town, Kate told PA : "It's our first time out since February 2020 so we are really excited, and this is a date that has sprung up because it was going to happen a few weeks ago and then it didn’t happen and then we just thought, 'Let’s go for it'– so very exciting."

She continued: "It was very strange leaving [Derek] tonight to come out because he is a big fan of magic, but it is not possible at the moment so we just said next time and see him when we get back.”

The former I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star also discussed the impact the pandemic has had on the arts industry.

She said: "I think it has been really tough for lots of industries and I think when we think about how tough it is for (the) arts we worry about the performers, who I think have had it very tough.

"But of course it is everything else. It is the person that makes the costumes, it is the person that works the bar, it is the person that cleans the theatre.

"There is a whole group of people that have been left without work and I think for the rest of us we have missed the chance to have something to take us away from ourselves and escape."

Kate's former GMB co-host Piers Morgan recently opened up on how he feels it is "unfair" that Derek didn't get the chance to have a Covid vaccine after his own battle with the virus.

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Piers wrote in his Mail On Sunday column: "When Kate told me what her daily routine is now like, it exhausted me just listening to her. 'I don't know how you do it,' I said.

"'What choice do I have?' She replied.

"'Derek is the love of my life.' Then, being Kate, she turned the subject back to me and my Covid experience. 'Anyway, how are YOU getting on?'"

Joking, Piers said his bout of the bug was "far worse" as he couldn't taste his wine, before turning serious.

"'You know, Kate,' I replied, more seriously, 'I've been thinking about you guys so much in the past week. I've felt pretty awful with Covid but the vaccine may well have saved my life. Derek never had the chance to take one. That just seems so desperately unfair.'

"'It is,' she agreed, 'but I just hope everyone who can take it, does. I wouldn't wish what we're going through on anyone.'"

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