Popular television presenter Susanna Reid has perhaps spoken out about a social phenomenon that we’ve been living with in recent times. Susanna lives with her ex-partner Dominic Cotton, whom she has three children with and the arrangement is comfortable. Speaking to Fabulous magazine, Susanna Reid explains that, “Dom is such a hands-on dad and we really co-parent. So we live separately but together and happily in the same house. I’m not saying everybody can do it [and] I definitely think people are surprised that we can do it this way. I’m privileged to have a great relationship with my ex, to the point where we can live together comfortably and he can have a new relationship“.
What’s behind the success of this living situation, hopefully not the cynical answer, affordability? It could possibly be that we are now living in a much more secular society, social media as well as creating myths, also dispels social conventions to some degree, meaning people are prepared to be more open about their social lives in public. It promotes a new sort of liberation, a less inhibited attitude to lifestyle, where nothing seems like too much. What does this adaptability mean, is it ‘persuasive amicable bonding’ or is it a matter of being unable to let go? Nonetheless it does encourage more independent thought, in terms of how we should re-evaluate an ex-partner’s place in our lives; we are only human after all. You can read the rest of Reid’s interview with Fabulous Magazine here.