Lorraine Kelly was heartbroken that she could embrace broken Kate Garraway when she was reunited with her friend last week.

Kate gave an interview to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, telling Good Morning Britain about the most challenging time of her life.

She revealed that her husband Derek Draper has started to regain consciousness after doctors took him out of his induced coma but he still remains in intensive care.

Writing in her column in The Sun, telly favourite Lorraine says she just wanted to give her brave pal a big hug - but was told she couldn't.

Kate says husband Derek has taken a bit step forward

Strict social distancing guidelines meant that it just wasn't possible.

She wrote: "Kate came in to GMB this week to be interviewed by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

"While it was wonderful to see her in person, it was also really poignant because none of us could give her the massive hug she deserves.

"We all adhere to the rules on social distancing, so even a brief embrace was impossible. I found that very hard."

Lorraine is stunned by her bravery

Derek has been in the hospital since the end of March after he caught  coronavirus, which he has now recovered from.

The 53-year-old Good Morning Britain presenter returned to the ITV breakfast show and gave an emotional interview on Wednesday.

Lorraine says the way she has dealt with the trauma during her four month absence is incredible.

Kate and Derek pictured on their wedding day

"She has simply ­soldiered on, reassuring and raising her children, praising the  NHS  and helping others in the same boat," she wrote.

"At times it has been a lonely, ­miserable, tough voyage through uncharted waters. But Kate steered a stoic and steady course throughout."

Kate spoke openly about the effect that Derek's hospitalisation has had on the family.

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Explaining that Derek was in a "a minimum state of consciousness" at the moment, she said: "His eyes are opening but we don't know what state of consciousness he has.

"It is a very desperate situation, its very difficult situation.

"It is a miracle he's still alive."