Kate Garraway first husband: Who was GMB star married to before Derek Draper?

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Kate Garraway will be back on ITV tonight (February 10) as she speaks to Nadiya Hussain on Life Stories. The Good Morning Britain star took over from Piers Morgan and has been delving deeper into the lives of celebrities. Viewers may be interested to hear she was married to someone else before Derek Draper.

Who was Kate Garraway’s first husband?

The former ITV News Meridian presenter has been happily married to Derek Draper since 2005.

But from 1998 until 2002, she was married to ITN’s news director Ian Rumsey.

Ian used to be Kate’s boss at Meridian TV, and she had been covering Fiona Phillips’ maternity leave on GMTV during their time together.

The reason for their split has been disputed, with Ian denying claims he had been seeing another woman. 

At the time, Kate issued a short statement saying: “It’s always terribly sad when a marriage comes to an end.

“I’m disappointed that what’s a very private matter has been brought into the public domain.

“I was dismayed by reports in the papers because they are substantially inaccurate.”

When Ian and Kate next came into contact in 2010, she was already married to Derek.

As of 2021, Ian was married to Reshma Rumsey, a Social Affairs Producer for ITN.

The pair have children together, although they keep their private lives out of the spotlight.

He is on Twitter and he has listed his current occupation as Managing Director at ITN Productions.

In September 2005, Kate married Derek in Camden.

He was a political aide to former Labour cabinet minister Peter Mandelson at the time.

The couple have a daughter, Darcey, and son Billy together.

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Derek is still fighting his serious case of Long Covid, having first been diagnosed in March 2020.

Derek was in a critical condition for more than a year and there were fears over whether he would ever fully recover.

In April 2021 he returned home on a trial basis but still struggled with his movements.

Kate is on Instagram and she shared a clip from her latest venture on Life Stories.

She appeared alongside former footballer John Barnes, saying: “The extraordinary #JohnBarnes @lifestories. Sh

“I can’t wait to hear it all again and I was there!”

On Christmas Day she shared a photo of her husband Derek in bed with their two children.

She said it had been a “bumpy” night as he had been feeling fatigued and weak.

However, the presenter continues to stay positive and in September 2021 she won a National Television Award for her ITV documentary, Finding Derek.

Kate Garraway’s Life Stories airs on Thursdays on ITV at 9pm.

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