Rebekah Brooks today once again denied that her affair with Andy Coulson lasted for six years, saying she was not a "Miss Havisham" character, in reference to the elderly spinster in Great Expectations.
She said: "In that time I had got back together with Ross (Kemp), got married, bought a house together, tried for a baby and the relationship had gone wrong.
"Andy Coulson had got on with his life. I had not been sitting there like Miss Havisham. I had gone out, got married, tried to have a baby and got on with my life. I just did not have an affair for six years. We were close. There's just not a reason for me to lie."
Brooks admitted that "there must have been times" when Coulson was editor of the now-defunct News of the World and she was at The Sun when the pair shared shared "work-related confidences."
Brooks, 45, of Churchill, Oxfordshire, and Coulson, 46, of Charing, Kent, deny all the charges against them, including conspiracy to hack phones.
The ex-News of the World chief texted former PM Tony Blair saying she was 'feeling properly terrified' the day before the police interview.
In contrast to yesterday's cool performance, the former editor broke down whilst giving evidence in her phone-hacking trial.
Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks how to shield James Murdoch from the fallout of the phone-hacking scandal, the Old Bailey heard today.