'I'm not flirty, I'm just doing my job,' says TV's Reid
TV presenter Susanna Reid has said that she is frustrated at being labelled a flirt.
The Good Morning Britain star (44), has been accused of flirting with David Beckham, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, former Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens and British Prime Minister David Cameron during interviews, while viewers even saw actor Luke Evans nuzzle in to her neck as he promoted his Dracula film.
But she told Good Housekeeping magazine: "Wearing a dress and chewing a pen is interpreted as something else.
"It's frustrating - I'm a professional interviewer whose job it is to get the absolute best out of people," she said.
"To then have it described in a different way, feels a bit like, come on, really?"
"But it enables you to lay down another layer of thick skin."
Reid said that she did not choose what to wear on the show and said of headlines surrounding her encounter with Cameron on the programme: "It did feel like the wrong focus of the interview.
"It's a little bit reductionist to boil it down to wearing a dress, aka flashing the pins. I don't choose a particular dress," she said.
"You have to accept a certain level of scrutiny, but does it frustrate me sometimes? Of course it does."
Reid told the magazine that she did not "feel the need" to look for love again and that she was not tempted to try internet dating after splitting from her long-term partner, Dominic Cotton, the father of her three sons, last year.
"I'm not dating, but I still go out," she said.
"Do I have lots of male friends? Yes. Gay, straight, married.
"I was in a relationship for 16 years and I'm not in a rush to be involved in anything else.
"What I have is a job that is utterly fulfilling, three children who I'm completely dedicated to and a great friendship with their dad," she added.