Susanna Reid: GMB host opens up on ‘worries’ for eldest son in rare family revelation

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Susanna Reid, 49, has revealed she is “wrestling” with the idea of her son going off to university, as campuses across the company have remained closed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Her son Finn Cotton, 18 – with ex-partner Dominic Cotton – is due to attend university this year and may have to take courses online, which the presenter claimed is “money badly spent”.

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Susanna opened up in her new Daily Mail column on how social distancing measures will affect university students’ social life.

She wrote: “Like many parents, I am wrestling with the idea of my teenager going to university this year. 

“Tuition fees of up to £9,250 for lectures that are online sounds like money badly spent. 

“And with no access to bars, clubs, freshers’ parties or societies, I worry he won’t get the full experience,” she added.


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However, the presenter admitted that her son was determined to still go, as lectures would become more “convenient”.

“From my hazy memory, it is outside the lecture halls that university life is built. But my son isn’t put off. 

“He’s a screen-addict anyway, so lectures on his laptop are more convenient. Plus, he might be saved the hangovers that have blurred my memory of my own fun year as a fresher.”

It comes as universities have confirmed they are making plans to start the new academic year online as social distancing measures continue.

Susanna also shared how she will miss the weekly Clap For Our Carers but will continue to honour the “wonderful” NHS staff.

“Although officially this has come to an end, I’m sure many people will continue to mark 8 pm in their own way, even if just taking a moment for reflection. 

“Last week in my street, a music teacher conducted a mini-orchestra of instruments, and a neighbour joined in with a saxophone.”

Her colleague Kate Garraway has continued to clap as her husband Derek Draper remains in hospital fighting the virus.

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Susanna noted: “It has been a time of unity with people around us, and I know that it has been a source of great comfort for my dear friend and ITV colleague Kate Garraway, whose husband Derek Draper has been in a critical care unit with Covid-19 for ten weeks.”

She added: “Kate’s moving Instagram posts every Thursday evening have kept everyone connected. Both Kate and Derek are in my thoughts every day.”

Derek is now virus free but it has caused “extraordinary damage” to his body.


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On Good morning Britain today, Kate revealed how the virus had affected every inch of her husband’s body and the long term effects are yet to be determined.

Susanna posted her support online, as she said: “Oh @kategarraway you are such a tower of strength for Derek and the children. 

“So much love for you all. Everyone watching is with you, hoping for that miracle,” alongside a red heart emoji.

Fans also shared support as they praised Kate for her bravery in the extraordinary interview.

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