Susanna Reid is worried she'll be left with an 'empty nest' when her sons leave home

Her eldest son went to university last year

Susanna Reid
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Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid admits that it's 'heart-wrenching' thinking about her son's leaving home for university.

Susanna, 50, revealed her fears about her three sons leaving the family home to the Mail on Sunday's You magazine today.

The single mother and TV presenter went on to say that she shed a tear when her eldest Sam, 18, went to university last year and is worried about having an 'empty nest' when the other two are old enough to move out.

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The TV presenter, who works alongside Piers Morgan on the ITV breakfast TV show, talked about when Sam departed for university last year, admitting, "It's heart-wrenching, isn't it?"

While she added that it was an emotional time for her - as she started to cry when she dropped him off.

However, she said the worst part was realizing that her other son's Finn, 16, and Jack, 15, would also move out soon. She admitted: "The thing I found even more emotional was realizing he's on a string of three. 

"He goes, the next one goes, then the next one. This is the start of three or four years with all my ducklings leaving, then there's going to be an empty nest. I find that really hard."

Susanna split with her partner, and her son's father, in 2014 and started to date Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish, in 2018. The couple apparently split in 2019, but last summer were said to have rekindled their romance. 

In the You magazine article Susanna, who has just turned 50, also addressed her age and what it means for her job, "Age is not an issue anymore. There is no longer a cutoff point for women in my job. 

"Fifty used to be a looming date on the horizon where you thought: 'How much longer might I last?' I don't think that's the case now."

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