TORONTO -- Rob Ford's rehab "buddy" hopes the Toronto mayor is not mad at her.
LeeAnne McRobb -- who was charged with impaired driving May 20 while behind the wheel of Ford's SUV -- said she is worried her published account of her friendship with the mayor, in an exclusive QMI Agency interview, will trigger some backlash.
"I worry about Rob. Obviously, he is a friend and I care about it. Mainly, I hope he's not upset with me," McRobb said Thursday in a phone interview from her home in Bala, Ont. -- about 200 km north of Toronto, in Muskoka, where the GreeneStone rehab facility is also located.
"He told me always to keep quiet always and behave...and that would be the best way in to finally just say what I have to say."
The 36-year-old petite blonde said she has not spoken with the mayor since the story was published Thursday.
She spent nine days at GreeneStone rehab facility in May for her alcoholism and sparked a friendship with Ford, who voluntarily checked himself into the centre for alcohol and substance abuse issues.
Their friendship was strictly platonic, she said.
McRobb also said she did not smuggle booze or drugs inside the facility.
LeeAnne McRobb, who met Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in rehab in Muskoka in May and was charged with driving his vehicle while impaired, speaks to the Toronto Sun in Bala on Wednesday July 9, 2014. She is wearing the watch that she had left in Ford's room. She is holding Ford fridge magnets which she found in his vehicle and took with his permission. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)