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Manchester Evening News
Jessica Sansome

ITV Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid 'crying eyes out' over sons as she admits to 'scaling back' work commitments

Susanna Reid has admitted to 'crying her eyes out' as she faces big milestone with her sons. The Good Morning Britain presenter shares three boys – Sam, 20, Finn, 18, and Jack, 17 - with ex-partner Dominic Cotton to whom she was in a relationship with from 1998 until their split in 2014.

The TV star's eldest son, Sam, has already left her family home in south London for university and she has admitted to being left devastated about loss of time she gets to spend with him.

"He’s gone - he’s gone to uni, but he does come back from time to time, which is a total pleasure," Susanna said. "In fact he came back over the weekend without warning - no head’s up, which was absolute bliss. I absolutely love it."

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"You cry your heart out, because all that regular time with your children is gone," Susanna added in an interview with OK Magazine. She added: "It’s really sad. Now they’re all en route to leaving home, I want to enjoy time with them as much as I possibly can."

And this means making changes to her career. The 51-year-old told the publication: "Good Morning Britain is my biggest commitment and I’m not taking on anything extra."

The doting mum, who turns 52 this month, added: "They need me more in a way now that they are teenagers and because they’re on the route to leaving home, I feel like I just want to enjoy that as much as I possibly can. A full time job is enough - I’m not taking anything extra on."

Susanna's comments came amid GMB relaunching its award-winning social purpose campaign - 1 Million Minutes - which aims to help eradicate loneliness across the UK. A brand new advert and short film aimed at highlighting the pandemic of loneliness has already been released and the 1 Million Minutes Awards have also returned and each week in December the ITV daytime show will be surprising deserving loneliness heroes around the country.

Susanna at work on Good Morning Britain (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Now in its seventh year, the initiative aims to encourage viewers to pledge their time to charities that tackle the issue of loneliness. Since launching in 2016, a staggering 404 million minutes of time have been donated to charities in need of volunteers who can connect with those who feel alone.

Charities involved this year include Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Grief Encounter, Re-engage, Royal Voluntary Service, Sands, Home-Start and the Chatty Cafe Scheme.

Susanna said of the campaign: "I don’t want anyone to experience the pain of loneliness, and I fear that as people cut back during this crisis they may become more vulnerable. Our entire GMB family is proud to support 1 Million Minutes - a campaign that actively seeks to make a difference in tackling loneliness.

"We hope to encourage the nation to do whatever they can, big or small, to help support those who are suffering from the effects of loneliness and isolation this year."


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