Susanna Reid, the darling of the BBC Breakfast sofa, has announced this morning that she’s splitting up with her long term partner and father of her three children.
Reid, 43, was prompted into a making statement after it emerged last night that her partner Dominic Cotton had signed up to a dating website. The statement issued by her agent says: “Susanna Reid and Dominic Cotton have agreed to separate but remain good friends. The welfare of their children remains paramount for both of them at this time. Please respect their space and privacy.”
Reid has been linked with a move to the rival ITV breakfast show Daybreak – a switch she is thought to have sought to spend more time with her family. But reports that she is taking up the job as soon as next week have been denied by ITV.
The breakup of her 15-year relationship has been blamed on her heavy workload and the so-called curse of Strictly. Natasha Kaplinsky Joe Calzaghe, Jimi Mistry, Denise van Outen and Rachel Riley are just a few of the former dance show contestants whose relationships foundered during or after appearing on the show.
Reid has worked for BBC Breakfast since 2004, moving north with the programme in 2012. While the likes of former colleague Sian Williams – whom she replaced as main anchor with Bill Turnbull – decided against the switch, Reid embraced it with the same gusto she displayed on the Strictly dance floor.
Her three day a week train commute – returning to London after the morning show and then back again early evening – saw her dubbed superwoman. Reid laughed it off in a Radio Times column last year: “It’s flattering to be called a Superwoman, but I can only do this because I have super people helping me out. I have always loved being busy. There is that adage that an object in motion stays in motion, while an object at rest stays at rest. My current schedule of hours worked each week probably exceeds a working time directive, but I’m not doing it alone.”
But the gruelling routine, compounded by the demands of the Strictly rehearsals and subsequent tour, has obviously taken its toll.
Reid is scheduled to be presenting BBC Breakfast from Salford on Monday morning. However, a BBC spokeswoman was unable to confirm this afternoon whether or not she’ll be on duty.