KATE Garraway has admitted that Coca-Cola's moving advert about a little girl wanting her dad to return home safely for Christmas is "very tough" for her to watch due to her "personal circumstances".
The 53-year-old star understands the message of the commercial better than most, with her husband Derek Draper still in intensive care after being hospitalised with coronavirus back in March.
The pair share two children together, 14-year-old Darcey and 11-year-old Billy – who would of course love to have their dad back for the festive holiday.
Following the release of John Lewis' much-anticipated annual Christmas advert today, Kate and her Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard discussed this years selection of ads on the breakfast show.
Discussing Coca-Cola's offering, Kate said: "Because of my personal circumstances… The Coca-Cola advert ends with the request that all they want from Father Christmas is daddy home.
"Obviously tough for me, and tough for other people."
Viewers were left in floods of tears by the advert this week, which was directed by an Oscar nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi.
The commercial follows a dad, who works on an oil rig, doing everything he can to deliver his daughter's letter to Santa Claus.
Fighting against the odds – including a whale knocking him out of a boat, trekking across mountains and through a desert – he finally makes it to Santa's workshop only to find it's "closed for Christmas".
Defeated, he hitchhikes a ride home in Coca-Cola's iconic Christmas truck – only to be handed his daughter's letter as they pull up outside.
In an emotional twist, his daughter had asked: "Please bring daddy home for Christmas" instead of for presents.
The advert ends with it revealed that the driver of the truck is Santa Claus.
Earlier in the show, Kate admitted that it'd been a "tough old week" for Derek in hospital as she thanked fans for their "lovely support".
Derek is the UK's longest surviving Covid-19 patient after being rushed to ICU in March of this year.
Kate recently told how Derek can finally breathe on his own after seven months in intensive care, with coronavirus ravaging his lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas.
Derek has also been confirmed as type one diabetic – despite not having diabetes before covid, and remains in a form of coma called PDOC (Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness).
Kate told The Sun that she feels like she's hanging over a cliff-edge yelling "don't let go" as she attempts to pull Derek back after his breakthrough.
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