Lorraine Kelly praises ‘strong’ Kate Garraway as she opens up about own anxiety in lockdown

Lorraine Kelly opened up about her anxiety in lockdown (Picture: Nicky Johnston)

Lorraine Kelly has opened up about her admiration for her ‘strong’ friend Kate Garraway, and how she’s dealt with anxiety during lockdown.

The presenter has been hosting the final hour of Good Morning Britain after ITV began operating with minimal people in the studio.

Kate, who hosts GMB alongside Ben Shephard, has been documenting her husband Derek Draper’s battle with coronavirus after he was taken to intensive care back in March.

‘My friend and colleague Kate Garraway has been so strong, Lorraine told Good Housekeeping. ‘She pops into my head an awful lot. Her situation is so hard on her and her kids.’

Meanwhile, the 60-year-old opened up about her own mental health, explaining that she has been suffering from anxiety.

‘When we first went into lockdown, I had real anxiety and felt quite overwhelmed by it all,’ she recalled. ‘Back then, the news channels were on constantly, I was always looking at social media, and it was too much.

Lorraine said her pup Angus helped with her mental health (Picture: Nicky Johnston)
She opened up about her experiences in lockdown (Picture: Nicky Johnston)

‘So I now take a little bit of time out. The main thing that makes it better for me is taking Angus for a walk. He’s such a stress-buster. He comes into the room every morning before I get up, around 5am, and he sits on my bed and it just makes me feel better.’

Lorraine also pointed out that presenting the show has given her ‘purpose’ throughout the crisis.

The star’s currently enjoying a summer break from her presenting duties, after leaving with an emotional send-off.

The star fronts Good Housekeeping magazine (Picture: Nicky Johnston)
Lorraine praised ‘strong’ Kate Garraway(Picture: Rex)

Her team put together a sweet montage, celebrating some of the lighter moments of the pandemic on the show.

From the likes of Boy George talking about his hats and Matt Lucas singing Thank You Baked Potato to to Dr Hilary Jones bearing the NHS rainbow on his shirt, it was a nice reminder that 2020 hasn’t just been doom and gloom.

And the montage hit Lorraine hard as she went on to thank her team through blurry eyes.

‘Oh goodness me,’ she gasped clutching onto a tissue. ‘What a time it has been. You know the toughest thing is that we can’t see who we love.’

Setting herself off crying again, the host added: ‘It has been great and thank you everyone for watching, my crew are amazing and my team are fantastic.’

Read the full Lorraine Kelly interview in the September issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale 29 July. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.

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