In October, Gareway confirmed that the former lobbyist and political adviser was capable of breathing without a ventilator and silenced his first word. The couple married in 2005 and have a daughter and a son.
The GMB presenter began by asking practical questions about her family’s “practical challenges” to seeing her husband on Christmas day.
“I find it really challenging, I know he’s in a bit of a unique position but he’s not.
“Naturally my dream is for the kids and I somehow see Derek on Christmas Day. The practical challenges with it are that we have to be really safe to be able to visit it and be different. Also, it’s a question of if we’re doing that, can we keep my mom and dad there? “
He added: “I will try and avoid, if possible only Darcy, Billy and I on Christmas Day because I think this makes Derek’s absence seem huge and the rest of the family’s absence heavy.
“It’s a fairly difficult balance to work with.”
The presenter also revealed that the children were forced to self-isolate until a negative test came, after which he came in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
He said: “There were a few challenges kicking in, there are always challenges with Derek.
“Also, we had a little scare outside of Derek.
“We found that the children came in contact with someone – who came in contact with them – tested positive for coronavirus.”
“To be extremely careful, we kept them at home, at home, until we gave them negative tests,” he said.
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