Susanna Reid ‘crying her heart out’ over empty nest syndrome as sons leave home

Susanna Reid has opened up about dealing with the complex emotions surrounding empty nest syndrome.

The Good Morning Britain presenter’s eldest son Sam, 20, has left her family home in south London for university and she has been left devastated about loss of time she gets to spend with him.

Speaking to OK!, Susanna said: “He’s gone – he’s gone to uni, but he does come back from time to time, which is a total pleasure.

“In fact he came back over the weekend without warning – no head’s up, which was absolute bliss. I absolutely love it.

"You cry your heart out because you know all that regular time with your children is gone and that’s really sad and then it’s dependent on them and their desire to come home. Lots of good home cooked food helps.”

Susanna – who is also loving mum to Finn, 18, and Jack, 17, who she shares with ex Dominic Cotton – added that she has made the decision to scale back her illustrious 28-year career to make the most of the time she has left at home with them.

Susanna, 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.”

The presenter’s career has taken her from BBC Breakfast to GMB, while she’s also made important documentaries about serial rapists and death row inmates in the US – and managed a turn on the Strictly dance floor.

This week, Susanna has joined her colleagues Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard to launch a project close to her heart – Good Morning Britain’s award-winning 1 Million Minutes campaign.

Now in its seventh year, it encourages viewers to pledge their time to charities and connect with those who feel alone. To date, people have donated over 404 million minutes to the campaign.

“It’s terrible to feel loneliness, particularly at Christmas,” Susanna said. “This campaign encourages people to volunteer their time to make sure somebody isn’t lonely. We are also going to be in your living rooms on Christmas Day. TV is sometimes the only company people have. I’m glad we can be company for people who are not able to be with their families.”

Watch 1 Million Minutes every weekday in December on Good Morning from 6am on ITV1 & ITV Hub

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