Kate Garraway, 54, has reportedly taken the decision to shut down husband Derek Draper’s firm, Astra Aspera Ltd. A voluntary liquidator was appointed on Tuesday to take control of the company’s assets.
The psychotherapy business is thought to owe £184,000, which were racked up during the time Derek was fighting his battle against Covid.
It was claimed that £125,000 of the full amount is owed in taxes.
A friend of Kate reportedly said: “It’s terribly sad.
“But Derek can’t work and has no prospect of being able to do so in the near future, so Kate thought it best to close it down.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Kate’s reps for comment on the reports from the Daily Mail.
Derek’s long-term Covid battle began in March 2020 when he was first diagnosed with the virus.
Kate was appointed director of Astra Aspera Ltd last year as Derek continued to suffer the devastating symptoms of the disease.
She has been outspoken about her husband’s gruelling journey to recovery for the past two years.
Derek was left needing full-time care after the viral disease damaged his organs – including his liver, lungs, pancreas, kidney and heart.
Speaking last month, Kate opened up on the impact long Covid has had on Derek, as well as herself.
She said: “There are flashes of the old Derek and then he disappears again, and you’re left just feeling really lonely.”
She added that Derek, who sleeps between 16–20 hours every day, dreams about the “before”.
Kate went on to explain that it is “awful” to see him struggle with his condition “every single morning”.
“There’s a kind of heartbreak in his eyes,” she added in the chat with The Sun.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain ahead of Caring for Derek’s release, Kate said she had been contacted by a doctor who works in the US who wanted to help Derek.
She recounted: “It’s all come about actually because of the first documentary, so this is a doctor who works in the US and he’s been working for 13 years on clinical trials of this treatment in the US and he is just at the point of waiting for approval on it.
“When he saw the documentary, he had already started helping people with the impact of Covid.
“And he saw it and saw Derek and said ‘I can help this man’.”