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Kate Garraway’s husband Derek’s six-month battle with coronavirus ‘becomes longest in the UK’

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Kate Garraway’s husband Derek has reportedly become the longest surviving patient with coronavirus, after spending 184 days in and out of intensive care.

The former lobbyist, 53, was first hospitalised with the disease on March 29, he was on a ventilator and put in an induced coma shortly thereafter before he was woken up in July, but progress is said to be ‘very slow.’

According to a report from The Sun on Monday, Derek is one of ‘only a handful’ of people to be in hospital for six months with coronavirus.

Fighting it: Kate Garraway's husband Derek's six-month battle with coronavirus 'becomes the longest in the UK', it was claimed on Monday

Fighting it: Kate Garraway’s husband Derek’s six-month battle with coronavirus ‘becomes the longest in the UK’, it was claimed on Monday

A source speaking to the publication claimed: ‘Kate has been so brave and her strength is awe-inspiring. But the truth is that progress is very, very slow. 

‘Derek has now been hospitalised for six months which makes him one of only a handful of people who have been in hospital for this long.

‘It’s incredibly tough for Kate though because some days he shows signs of improvement, and then 24 hours later he has taken a worrying turn for the worse. It’s literally one step forward, two steps back.’

Worrying: Derek's progress is said to be 'very slow', which a source claimed has been 'incredibly tough for Kate' because of his fluctuating physical health

Worrying: Derek’s progress is said to be ‘very slow’, which a source claimed has been ‘incredibly tough for Kate’ because of his fluctuating physical health

The source went on to claim that Kate is thankful Derek is ‘still here’ as it means she has hope he will pull through after so many have lose their loved ones. 

According to the publication, Fatima Bridle was the longest-surviving patient with COVID-19 before returning home in August, after 141 days in hospital at the time. 

MailOnline has contacted Kate’s representatives for comment. 

Illness: Derek was first hospitalised with the disease on March 29, he was on a ventilator and put in an induced coma shortly thereafter before he was woken up in July

Illness: Derek was first hospitalised with the disease on March 29, he was on a ventilator and put in an induced coma shortly thereafter before he was woken up in July

On Friday Kate offered viewers an update on her husband’s condition, as she admitted it had been a difficult week for the family.

She turned to co-host Ben Shephard, 45, and said: ‘Tough week with Derek. It has been a tough week.’

Later in the show, Lorraine Kelly appeared on screen to discuss what would be coming up on her show, and said: ‘I’m sorry to hear it’s been a tough week, Kate – but we love having you on the telly!’

Derek was hospitalised after suffering serious complications from Covid-19 and has remained in intensive care ever since, in a minimally conscious state from which no one knows if he will ever recover.

Strong: On Friday Kate offered viewers an update on her husband's condition, as she admitted it had been a 'tough' week for the family

Strong: On Friday Kate offered viewers an update on her husband’s condition, as she admitted it had been a ‘tough’ week for the family

Speaking to the Mail On Sunday’s YOU magazine about the family’s ordeal earlier this month, Kate revealed doctors had warned her Derek wouldn’t survive, and expressed her shock at seeing his appearance as his ‘worn-out and thin’ body struggled to fight the virus.

Derek, who she revealed has lost eight stone during the battle, is one of an estimated just five people in the world whose bodies have been damaged so much by Covid.

Kate recalled: ‘Doctors were saying, “He’s not going to make it.’

Unable to breathe, he was put into a medical coma to give his lungs a rest. Before he went under, he called Kate and said, “I love you, you’ve saved my life.”

A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle  

MARCH  

Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.  

She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’

 ‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,

‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’

Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition. 

APRIL  

Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.

Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.

‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’ 

MAY 

Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight. 

‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’

That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers

She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’

JUNE 

On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body

JULY 

On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.

On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.   

She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.  

On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.    

On July 28, Kate revealed she’d paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, and admitted she’s ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.

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For several weeks, the family’s only contact with Derek was through hospital staff, so when Kate first saw her husband, she found him unrecognisable.

Kate recalled: ‘When I finally got to FaceTime him, seeing him unconscious was a big shock.

‘He’s lost nearly eight stone in weight, a lot of it muscle throughout his body. He looked worn-out, thin and pale with dark circles under his eyes and there were lots of tubes.’  

Kate contracted coronavirus herself at the same time as Derek, but made a full recovery.

Kate contracted coronavirus herself at the same time as Derek, but made a full recovery. 

Last month, the presenter discussed wanting to donate her blood plasma to Derek in a bid to help him in his battle.

The TV host said she she was ‘desperately researching anything she could do to help’ her husband who remains very sick in hospital.

Her GMB co-host Adil Ray, 46, said: ‘On the show last week, you would have seen Kate talking about the potential importance of blood plasma transfusions for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

‘That day the number of people offering to donate went up 300 per cent.

Kate said: It’s a lovely lovely thing. The process which is similar to giving blood, only takes 45 minutes and can be used to help treat patients who aren’t producing enough of their own antibodies to fight COVID-19.

‘The reason it’s popped up, why I was talking about it, was because when Derek first got sick, I was desperately researching anything I could do to help.

‘I watched him be consumed by the virus despite all the brilliant efforts of those around trying to help him in the NHS.’

She continued: ‘I was told at the time, because it was one of the ideas I had, ‘what about giving my blood, there are antibodies in my blood because I’ve had it, will that help?’ they said no because the trials for it hadn’t really started.

‘I started talking about it last week because I found out that now it is being used which is fantastic.’

Adil said: ‘Kate, I will say this, you’re so inspiring at a time like this.’

Kate replied: ‘I don’t know about that, I feel very emotional about it actually, not just the idea that people are coming forward but that it might save lives.

Kate revealed she is reluctant to talk about Derek ‘every week’ on the show as she doesn’t want to upset viewers, but was reassured by Adil that she has been ‘inspiring.’

Kate said Derek ‘is very much still with us,’ but it is still a ‘waiting game’.

In July Derek emerged from his deep coma and started showing some signs of consciousness, occasionally opening his eyes.

Only a few weeks ago, Kate was finally allowed to visit Derek in hospital. Coronavirus precautions mean the children and Derek’s parents haven’t been able to yet.

She admitted: ‘I see him quite infrequently, not as often as I’d wish’. 

Discussing the moment doctors told her that Derek may never recover, Kate confessed that she threw up in shock.

She said: ‘We hope and believe he will come out of it, but we just don’t know.

‘The heart of the family has been ripped out and we don’t know if we will ever get it back.’

Giving an update on his condition, she continued: ‘At first it was all about Derek’s lungs.

‘But then his kidneys started failing and he was on dialysis. Now they’ve realised Covid can affect every cell of the body: most recently Derek’s been having problems with his intestines.

‘The absorption of food and vomiting are problems and they’re trying to work out whether that’s because his cells don’t produce the enzymes to digest.

‘His liver and heart and blood vessels have been affected.’

Last month, Kate revealed she paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, as he continues to slowly recover from COVID-19. 

Heartbreaking: Kate revealed earlier this year doctors had warned her Derek wouldn't survive, and expressed her shock at seeing his appearance as his body struggled to fight the virus

Heartbreaking: Kate revealed earlier this year doctors had warned her Derek wouldn’t survive, and expressed her shock at seeing his appearance as his body struggled to fight the virus

The Good Morning Britain presenter also told Ben Shephard that it was ‘lovely’ to see her partner as (28 July) was his 53rd birthday, but she continues to be ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.

Kate told Ben: ‘I did go and see Derek, he’s had a tough couple of weeks, and it’s just frustrating.

‘It would have actually been his birthday today so I was extra emotional so I was thinking about the day he was born.

She added: ‘What the doctor said to me was, ‘Sometimes, Kate, a day when nothing has gone backwards is a positive’.’ 

As Ben agreed that Derek had ‘a stable day,’ Kate added: ‘It’s just I’m desperate for a step forward. It’s always lovely to see him and so it’s wonderful to have the chance to see him.’

Doting mother: Kate and Derek married in 2005, and share daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 11 [pictured in December]

Doting mother: Kate and Derek married in 2005, and share daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 11 [pictured in December]

Kate and Derek married in 2005, and share daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 11.

Earlier this year, Kate took a break from work in order to look after their children in lockdown and be there for Derek.

The journalist made a welcome to present Good Morning Britain in July after being away for 14 weeks and has now announced she will be returning to her Smooth Radio show so Derek ‘can hear my voice as well as many of the songs we both love.’

The broadcaster also confirmed she would be heading back to the Global studios in London to record her show from 10am to 1pm every day, after her friend Myleene Klass filled in for her.

As she announced her return to the airwaves, Kate acknowledged the frightening circumstances she currently faces, but hopes work will provide a welcome distraction for both herself and her husband.

Heartbreaking: Discussing the moment doctors told her that Derek may never recover, Kate confessed that she threw up in shock [pictured in 2008]

Heartbreaking: Discussing the moment doctors told her that Derek may never recover, Kate confessed that she threw up in shock [pictured in 2008]

She said to The Sun: ‘I’m delighted to be returning to my morning show on Smooth and to my Global family who have been a big support to me. 

‘Things are still hugely challenging and a long way from being normal, but I’d like to think that this will give Derek yet another opportunity to hear my voice as well as many of the songs we both love.

‘My heartfelt thanks go to Myleene Klass who has been brilliantly caretaking the show for me and to all my regular listeners for their messages of support.’

Throughout all this, Kate has been holding the fort at home, trying to present a chipper front for the sake of the children.

REVEALED: HOW THE CRUEL LEGACY OF COVID MAY LAST A LIFETIME 

Covid-19 could leave survivors with debilitating illnesses that last for years, doctors have warned since the outbreak spiralled out of control.

One leading medic called it ‘this generation’s polio’ – a disease that killed thousands and left a generation with life-long mobility issues. 

Patients who spend weeks fighting the disease can suffer from long-term complications caused by permanent damage to their lungs and liver, but serious problems can also blight people who only have a minor illness. 

SCARRING AND LONG-TERM LUNG DAMAGE 

Several recent studies have highlighted proof Covid-19 causes fibrosis – scarring of the lung tissue – that makes it harder for the organs to work.

A research paper published in a Chinese journal in March said ‘pulmonary fibrosis may be one of the major [long-term] complications in Covid-19 patients’.

A build-up of scar tissue in the lungs can reduce their capacity to absorb air, leaving a patient with breathing difficulties, shortness of breath or a cough. 

Insufficient oxygen also has knock-on effects on the other vital organs, which rely on the chemical to work. Without it, they cannot work as efficiently and may start to fail or work less efficiently. 

Failing kidneys may result in a patient needing long-term medication or dialysis, while a severely damaged liver could require a transplant to treat. 

IMMUNE SYSTEM OVER-REACTION CAN DAMAGE HEART, LIVER & KIDNEYS

Evidence is also emerging that the virus may affect the the liver, kidneys, heart and blood vessels because of the way it can force the immune system to attack healthy parts of the body.

As well as the potential of immediate death in the case of kidney failure, a heart attack or a stroke, any damage to these vital organs can cause lifelong disability and dramatically increase the risk of dying young.

A paper in the journal JAMA Cardiology in March reported a fifth of patients in a group of 416 who were hospitalised in Wuhan, China, had suffered heart damage.

Another study in Wuhan found that 16 out of 36 intensive care patients developed irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmia, which can weaken the heart’s ability to pump blood. 

Coronavirus can also cause blood clots, scientists say, which raise the risk of stroke or heart attack. 

The heart problems are thought to occur as a result of the virus triggering a ‘cytokine storm’, where the immune system overreacts to the infection.  

GROWING EVIDENCE OF BRAIN DAMAGE AND NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS 

Long-term brain damage may also be a consequence of Covid-19 infection, according to emerging research of patients who caught it.

Doctors around the world say they are seeing growing numbers of people with neurological symptoms such as headaches, loss of smell and taste, tingling sensations, losing the ability to speak and even seizures and strokes, the BBC reported

Dr Elissa Fory, from the Henry Ford Foundation in Detroit, said: ‘We don’t know yet if the encephalopathy [brain damage] is more severe with Covid-19 than with other viruses, but I can tell you we’ve been seeing quite a lot of it.’

Symptoms affecting the brain are harder to measure and track – it took months for officials in the UK to admit a lost sense of smell was a symptom of coronavirus – but they can be permanent. 

HOSPITAL STAYS AND TREATMENT CAN BE DEBILITATING 

As well as damage caused by the virus itself, patients who are seriously ill with Covid-19 – particularly those in intensive care – will suffer long-term health problems just from being in hospital. 

Physiotherapists warn patients muscles start to waste away quickly when they are in hospital beds, which can leave them with mobility problems for a long time – especially if they are already elderly, which many coronavirus patients are.

People’s lungs can also be irreparably damaged by ventilators, the intensive care machines which help people to breathe when they cannot do it alone.

The machines work by blowing air into the lungs through a tube inserted directly down the throat and into the airways. The pressure of the air being forced into the lungs can tear and split the delicate tissue inside the lungs and leave them permanently damaged. This is a trade-off: the machines are usually a last resort for people who can’t breathe on their own and would die without the ventilator.

People who get seriously ill are also at a risk of developing depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of their ordeal after the initial infection has gone. 

EVEN MILD ILLNESS CAN DRAG ON FOR MONTHS 

There is growing evidence that even mild Covid-19 can have long-lasting consequences and the UK Government last weekend launched a study into the after-effects of the illness.

Experts on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned that Covid-19 patients could be left with ‘extreme tiredness and shortness of breath for several months’ even if they were not hospitalised.

Concerns about the lasting effects of the illness were discussed in a SAGE meeting which took place on May 7. 

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, revealed some patients need psychological treatment for ‘post-intensive care syndrome’. 

And another scientific advisor to the Government told The Telegraph that ‘a very high proportion’ of Covid-19 survivors ‘cannot get back to a normal life’. 

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Joan Collins, 87, and husband Percy Gibson, 55, are greeted by fans outside their Madrid hotel

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Joan Collins cut a chic figure as she and husband Percy Gibson were greeted by two fans outside their hotel in Madrid on Tuesday.

The actress, 87, was barely recognisable beneath her face mask, sunglasses and hat, but still managed to look stylish in her all-black ensemble.

Joan appeared in good spirits as she and Percy, 55, were stooped by fans as they arrived at the accommodation, with Joan obliging by taking a picture with them. 

What a star: Joan Collins cut a chic figure as she and husband Percy Gibson were greeted by two fans outside their hotel in Madrid on Tuesday

What a star: Joan Collins cut a chic figure as she and husband Percy Gibson were greeted by two fans outside their hotel in Madrid on Tuesday

What a star: Joan Collins cut a chic figure as she and husband Percy Gibson were greeted by two fans outside their hotel in Madrid on Tuesday

The screen legend was in the Spanish capital to film scenes for new medieval series Glow and Darkness, in which she plays Queen Adelaide of Savoy. 

Wrapping up warm, Joan donned a hooded black padded jacket, which was adorned with black velvet patterns.

She teamed her outerwear with casual black trousers, while she boosted her petite frame with nude peep toe espadrille wedges.

Looking good: The actress, 87, was barely recognisable beneath her face mask, sunglasses and hat, but still managed to look stylish in her all-black ensemble

Looking good: The actress, 87, was barely recognisable beneath her face mask, sunglasses and hat, but still managed to look stylish in her all-black ensemble

Looking good: The actress, 87, was barely recognisable beneath her face mask, sunglasses and hat, but still managed to look stylish in her all-black ensemble

The star stored her essentials in a black Chanel handbag, while she added black leather gloves, a black baker boy cap, rounded sunglasses and a beige scarf-come-face mask to her fashionable look.

Despite being unexpectedly stopped, the Dynasty star happily signed photographs and accepted a bunch of flowers from her supporters, while her dutiful partner carried their bags.

Joan recently said she has become ‘closer than ever’ to her husband Percy after the coronavirus lockdown. 

Good sport: Joan appeared in good spirits as she and Percy, 55, were stooped by fans as they arrived at the accommodation, with Joan obliging by taking a picture with them

Good sport: Joan appeared in good spirits as she and Percy, 55, were stooped by fans as they arrived at the accommodation, with Joan obliging by taking a picture with them

Good sport: Joan appeared in good spirits as she and Percy, 55, were stooped by fans as they arrived at the accommodation, with Joan obliging by taking a picture with them

Cosy chic: Wrapping up warm, Joan donned a hooded black padded jacket, which was adorned with black velvet patterns

Cosy chic: Wrapping up warm, Joan donned a hooded black padded jacket, which was adorned with black velvet patterns

Style: She teamed her outerwear with casual black trousers, while she boosted her petite frame with nude peep toe espadrille wedges

Style: She teamed her outerwear with casual black trousers, while she boosted her petite frame with nude peep toe espadrille wedges

Cosy chic: Wrapping up warm, Joan donned a hooded black padded jacket, which was adorned with black velvet patterns

Fashionista: The star stored her essentials in a black Chanel handbag, while she added black leather gloves, a black baker boy cap, rounded sunglasses and a beige scarf-come-face mask to her fashionable look

Fashionista: The star stored her essentials in a black Chanel handbag, while she added black leather gloves, a black baker boy cap, rounded sunglasses and a beige scarf-come-face mask to her fashionable look

Fashionista: The star stored her essentials in a black Chanel handbag, while she added black leather gloves, a black baker boy cap, rounded sunglasses and a beige scarf-come-face mask to her fashionable look

The actress – who married the producer in 2002 – revealed that having to spend more time together has helped their relationship.

Speaking to Hello! magazine from her home in St Tropez, she said: ‘Being in lockdown has made me realise how strong our relationship really is.

‘I love entertaining guests at the villa, travelling and socialising, but that changed and because of the restrictions it’s just Percy and me. 

Happy to meet you: Despite being unexpectedly stopped, the Dynasty star happily signed photographs and accepted a bunch of flowers from her supporters

Happy to meet you: Despite being unexpectedly stopped, the Dynasty star happily signed photographs and accepted a bunch of flowers from her supporters

Happy to meet you: Despite being unexpectedly stopped, the Dynasty star happily signed photographs and accepted a bunch of flowers from her supporters

Perfect partnership: Her dutiful partner Percy meanwhile carried their bags

Perfect partnership: Her dutiful partner Percy meanwhile carried their bags

Perfect partnership: Her dutiful partner Percy meanwhile carried their bags

Regal role: The screen legend was in the Spanish capital to film scenes for new medieval series Glow and Darkness, in which she plays Queen Adelaide of Savoy

Regal role: The screen legend was in the Spanish capital to film scenes for new medieval series Glow and Darkness, in which she plays Queen Adelaide of Savoy

Regal role: The screen legend was in the Spanish capital to film scenes for new medieval series Glow and Darkness, in which she plays Queen Adelaide of Savoy 

‘The great thing is we’re partners in crime, accomplices.’ 

Joan previously declared she’d ‘settle’ at living til she’s 100 – and brushed off the age difference between her and Percy.

In a recent interview she mused that ‘people make too much fuss about age, which is just a number.’

Her love: Joan recently said she has become 'closer than ever' to her husband Percy after the coronavirus lockdown (pictured at Tramp in 2019)

Her love: Joan recently said she has become 'closer than ever' to her husband Percy after the coronavirus lockdown (pictured at Tramp in 2019)

Her love: Joan recently said she has become ‘closer than ever’ to her husband Percy after the coronavirus lockdown (pictured at Tramp in 2019) 

Speaking to The Mirror, Joan said: ‘I think there’s a big difference between biological age and the age you’re supposed to be.

‘As you know, Percy is somewhat younger than me. At first people would always say, ‘What are you going to do about the age difference?’ I’d say, ‘Well, if he dies he dies!” 

‘Will I outlive you all? No, I don’t want that.’ 

Something to say: Joan previously declared she'd 'settle' at living til she's 100 - and brushed off the age difference between her and Percy (pictured at the Vanity Fair party in February)

Something to say: Joan previously declared she'd 'settle' at living til she's 100 - and brushed off the age difference between her and Percy (pictured at the Vanity Fair party in February)

Something to say: Joan previously declared she’d ‘settle’ at living til she’s 100 – and brushed off the age difference between her and Percy (pictured at the Vanity Fair party in February) 

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Rebel Wilson shows off 44lb weight loss in gym leggings

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She has been flaunting her 44lb weight loss in recent weeks.

And Rebel Wilson continued to show off her slimline physique, as she pumped petrol into her Mercedes G-Wagon at a gas station in West Hollywood on Wednesday.

The Australian actress, 40, looked casual in a zip-up Nike hooded jacket which she had styled with a pair of form-fitting gym leggings and white trainers. 

Casual: Rebel Wilson continued to show off her slimline physique, as she pumped petrol into her Mercedes G-Wagon at a gas station in West Hollywood on Wednesday

Casual: Rebel Wilson continued to show off her slimline physique, as she pumped petrol into her Mercedes G-Wagon at a gas station in West Hollywood on Wednesday

Casual: Rebel Wilson continued to show off her slimline physique, as she pumped petrol into her Mercedes G-Wagon at a gas station in West Hollywood on Wednesday

Rebel followed state regulations by sporting a face covering, and also wore a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and carried a Louis Vuitton purse in her hand.

She wore her blonde locks pulled back into a low ponytail, as she appeared to have just left a work out session before her trip to the gas station. 

The visit comes after the comedian declared in January that she was making 2020 her ‘year of health’.

As part of her diet and exercise overhaul, Rebel has lost more than 20kg (44lbs or 3.14st) and revealed earlier this month that she was just three kilograms (6.5lbs) away from reaching her goal weight of 75kg (165lbs or 11.8st).

Casual: The Australian actress, 40, looked casual in a zip-up Nike hooded jacket which she had styled with a pair of form-fitting gym leggings and white trainers

Casual: The Australian actress, 40, looked casual in a zip-up Nike hooded jacket which she had styled with a pair of form-fitting gym leggings and white trainers

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At the time, she said that while she still treats herself, she’s found ways to indulge that don’t necessarily involve food.

‘Remember though girls, you still gotta treat yourself. I just do it with food now only once or twice a week… and substitute bubble baths on alternate nights,’ she wrote on Instagram on October 5.

According to a report by People in June, Rebel’s remarkable transformation is partially down to following the Mayr Method diet plan.

A source told the publication she got ‘amazing results’ by changing her eating habits while staying at the Austrian health and wellness retreat Vivamayr last year, and has continued to follow the plan.

What a transformation! Rebel has been on a health and fitness journey this year, losing more than 20kg (44lbs or 3.14st). Pictured in Monte Carlo recently

What a transformation! Rebel has been on a health and fitness journey this year, losing more than 20kg (44lbs or 3.14st). Pictured in Monte Carlo recently

As she was: Rebel is pictured in December 2014

As she was: Rebel is pictured in December 2014

What a transformation! Rebel has been on a health and fitness journey this year, losing more than 20kg (44lbs or 3.14st). Pictured left: in Monte Carlo recently, and right: in December 2014 

The Mayr Method is an approach that eliminates food intolerances, reduces sugar, encourages eating whole foods slowly, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation.

‘She exercises with a personal trainer up to six times a week, goes on walks and is trying to up her protein intake nutritionally,’ the source added.

‘I know she’s also been working on conquering her emotional eating patterns of behaviour.’

It’s not the only change Rebel has undergone recently, as it was revealed last month that she’s dating Anheuser-Busch brewing heir Jacob Busch.

New love: Weight loss is not the only change Rebel has undergone recently, as it was revealed last month that she's dating Anheuser-Busch brewing heir Jacob Busch (right)

New love: Weight loss is not the only change Rebel has undergone recently, as it was revealed last month that she's dating Anheuser-Busch brewing heir Jacob Busch (right)

New love: Weight loss is not the only change Rebel has undergone recently, as it was revealed last month that she’s dating Anheuser-Busch brewing heir Jacob Busch (right)

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Lauren Goodger’s boyfriend Charles Drury, 23, gushes over their ‘natural’ romance

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She went public with their romance over the weekend as she shared a series of loved-up snaps of herself and boyfriend Charles Drury on Instagram.

And Lauren Goodger’s new love appeared to be head over heels for the former TOWIE star as he gushed about their ‘natural’ romance on his social media.

Katie Price’s ex-lover, 23, shared a picture of himself and Lauren, where he had his arm wrapped around her as they enjoyed dinner out together on Saturday.

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Love story: Lauren Goodger's new love appeared to be head over heels for the former TOWIE star as he gushed about their 'natural' romance on his social media

Love story: Lauren Goodger's new love appeared to be head over heels for the former TOWIE star as he gushed about their 'natural' romance on his social media

Love story: Lauren Goodger’s new love appeared to be head over heels for the former TOWIE star as he gushed about their ‘natural’ romance on his social media

Lauren looked lovely in an off-the-shoulder black lace top teamed with a pair of black trousers, while she also sported a full face of typically glamorous make-up.

Meanwhile, Charles cut a stylish figure in a black T-shirt which he wore underneath an open green shirt for their outing. 

Charles wrote underneath the sweet snap: ‘The story of you & me is my favourite because it’s happening so naturally.’ 

Relationship: Charles has also shared this snap of himself and Lauren on Instagram

Relationship: Charles has also shared this snap of himself and Lauren on Instagram

Relationship: Charles has also shared this snap of himself and Lauren on Instagram

After seeing the snap on his page, an equally affectionate Lauren replied declaring her love for her other half and wrote: ‘[heart emoji] you.’

While Charles replied saying: ‘[heart emoji] you too girl x.’

Lauren revealed over the weekend that while she had previously been keeping their romance quiet, she was now ready to declare that Charles was ‘her man’.

Loved-up! After seeing the snap on his page, an equally affectionate Lauren replied declaring her love for her other half and wrote: '[heart emoji] you'

Loved-up! After seeing the snap on his page, an equally affectionate Lauren replied declaring her love for her other half and wrote: '[heart emoji] you'

Loved-up! After seeing the snap on his page, an equally affectionate Lauren replied declaring her love for her other half and wrote: ‘[heart emoji] you’

Following the announcement, Lauren continued to put on a loved-up display with Charles and took to Instagram to post a picture of herself kissing the builder.

Writing in the caption, she gushed: ‘You make me happy @charlesdrury1.’

To which Charles replied with: ‘Positive vibes & good times baby ♥️.’

Lauren’s 755k followers and celebrity pals were quick to react to the photo as they shared their love for the new couple.

Lauryn Goodman, who welcomed son Junior with former flame, and England footballer, Kyle Walker in April, wrote: ‘The other man is your life is waiting for you to meet him @laurengoodger better tell this @charlesdrury1 he has to share.’ 

Mwah! Following the announcement, Lauren continued to put on a loved-up display with Charles and took to Instagram to post a picture of herself kissing the builder.

Mwah! Following the announcement, Lauren continued to put on a loved-up display with Charles and took to Instagram to post a picture of herself kissing the builder.

Mwah! Following the announcement, Lauren continued to put on a loved-up display with Charles and took to Instagram to post a picture of herself kissing the builder.

Smitten: She also shared a cosy selfie with the builder to her social media on Sunday night

Smitten: She also shared a cosy selfie with the builder to her social media on Sunday night

Smitten: She also shared a cosy selfie with the builder to her social media on Sunday night

Happy: Writing in the caption, she gushed: 'You make me happy @charlesdrury1.' To which Charles replied with: 'Positive vibes & good times baby ♥️.'

Happy: Writing in the caption, she gushed: 'You make me happy @charlesdrury1.' To which Charles replied with: 'Positive vibes & good times baby ♥️.'

Happy: Writing in the caption, she gushed: ‘You make me happy @charlesdrury1.’ To which Charles replied with: ‘Positive vibes & good times baby ♥️.’

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Pals: Lauren's 755k followers and celebrity pals were quick to react to the photo as they shared their love for the new couple

Pals: Lauren's 755k followers and celebrity pals were quick to react to the photo as they shared their love for the new couple

Pals: Lauren’s 755k followers and celebrity pals were quick to react to the photo as they shared their love for the new couple 

Her sister Chloe Goodman added: ‘So happy for you both,’ followed by a heart emoji. 

While Nicola McLean simply added a red heart emoji.  

It comes after the reality star went Instagram official with Charles earlier on Saturday as they headed into London to celebrate a friend’s birthday. 

The former TOWIE star shared a slew of snaps to her social media account as she declared Charles is her man. 

Love: It comes after the reality star went Instagram official with Charles earlier on Saturday as they headed into London to celebrate a friend's birthday

Love: It comes after the reality star went Instagram official with Charles earlier on Saturday as they headed into London to celebrate a friend's birthday

Love: It comes after the reality star went Instagram official with Charles earlier on Saturday as they headed into London to celebrate a friend’s birthday 

Lauren shared a picture of herself in the passenger seat of her boyfriend’s car as she donned a lace off-the-shoulder bodysuit.

Her chocolate tresses were styled in a voluminous wave, and she rocked a bronzed make-up look. 

Meanwhile her boyfriend – who’s 11 years her junior – looked dapper in a khaki green open shirt and a black tee, his brunette locks were styled in a coiffed ‘do and he was seen sporting a rugged stubble. 

Once they arrived at the restaurant venue to meet friends, the couple packed on the PDA for social media, and Lauren captioned the video: ‘So it’s official I didn’t make it public but I just have too so yes @charlesdrury1 is my man,’ alongside a heart emoji. 

It's official! The former TOWIE star shared a slew of snaps to her social media account as she declared Charles is her man

It's official! The former TOWIE star shared a slew of snaps to her social media account as she declared Charles is her man

It’s official! The former TOWIE star shared a slew of snaps to her social media account as she declared Charles is her man

Lauren teased their romance earlier this month as she shared pictures cuddling Charles in bed, before cheekily boasting he was her ‘morning workout’.   

She also called Charles ‘the cutest’ after he tended to her while she was unwell last weekend, giving her some products to freshen up. 

Prior to her romance with the builder, she was in a relationship with Mark Wright, 33, on TOWIE, and also dated jailbirds Joey Morrison and Jake McLean.  

Brunette beauty: Lauren shared a picture of herself in the passenger seat of her boyfriend's car as she donned a lace off-the-shoulder bodysuit

Brunette beauty: Lauren shared a picture of herself in the passenger seat of her boyfriend's car as she donned a lace off-the-shoulder bodysuit

Stylish: Meanwhile her boyfriend looked dapper in a khaki open shirt and a black tee, his brunette locks were styled in a coiffed 'do and he was seen sporting a rugged stubble

Stylish: Meanwhile her boyfriend looked dapper in a khaki open shirt and a black tee, his brunette locks were styled in a coiffed 'do and he was seen sporting a rugged stubble

Brunette beauty: Lauren shared a picture of herself in the passenger seat of her boyfriend’s car as she donned a lace off-the-shoulder bodysuit

Lauren captioned a social media video with Charles: 'So it's official I didn't make it public but I just have to so yes @charlesdrury1 is my man,' accompanied by a love heart

Lauren captioned a social media video with Charles: 'So it's official I didn't make it public but I just have to so yes @charlesdrury1 is my man,' accompanied by a love heart

Lauren captioned a social media video with Charles: ‘So it’s official I didn’t make it public but I just have to so yes @charlesdrury1 is my man,’ accompanied by a love heart

In 2019, Lauren opened up about her two year romance with Joey, who was sentenced for drug related crimes, saying: ‘My ex was my biggest mistake.

‘I wasted two years when I could have been dating. I wish I hadn’t waited for him to come out.’   

Meanwhile Charles previously dated Katie in 2019 following her engagement breakdown to Kris Boyson, 32, who Lauren has previously been accused of flirting with. 

Charles did a tell-all interview on his romance with Katie, where he claimed she was ‘lazy in bed’ and he found her performance ‘disappointing.’ 

Katie is now in a new relationship with Carl Woods, 31, who first found fame on ITV’s Love Island. 

Leaving clues: Lauren teased their romance earlier this month as she shared pictures cuddling Charles in bed, before cheekily boasting he was her 'morning workout'

Leaving clues: Lauren teased their romance earlier this month as she shared pictures cuddling Charles in bed, before cheekily boasting he was her 'morning workout'

Leaving clues: Lauren teased their romance earlier this month as she shared pictures cuddling Charles in bed, before cheekily boasting he was her ‘morning workout’

Exes! Katie had a brief fling with Charles in October 2019 before the builder branded her performance in bed 'lazy' and 'disappointing'

Exes! Katie had a brief fling with Charles in October 2019 before the builder branded her performance in bed 'lazy' and 'disappointing'

Exes! Katie had a brief fling with Charles in October 2019 before the builder branded her performance in bed ‘lazy’ and ‘disappointing’ 

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