By Ariana Bacle
January 04, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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Megyn Kelly won’t take sides — especially if you’re Donald Trump.

In her Vanity Fair cover story, the Kelly File host recounts how Trump used to sign press clippings of herself with his own name and then send them to her. “And he called from time to time to compliment a segment. I didn’t know why he was doing that. And then when he announced that he was running for president, it became more clear,” she said. “But I can’t be wooed. I was never going to love him, and I was never going to hate him.”

Kelly has previously displayed her refusal to coddle Trump, like at August’s Republican debate. “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,” she addressed Trump. ” … Does that sound to you like the temperment of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton … that you are part of the war on women?”

Following the debate, Kelly was the target of backlash from Trump’s supporters and Trump himself, who later said “there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” seemingly hinting that she was menstruating. (He later denied those accusations, saying, “Only a sick person would even think about that.”) Others suggested there were inaccuracies in her question.

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“My own reaction was, ‘Bring it on,’ ” she told Vanity Fair, referring to people suggesting the question should be fact-checked. “You think I’d go out there and ask a question like that at the first GOP debate without making sure I was bulletproof on every single word?”

Kelly eventually responded to the backlash by sticking with her words. ” … I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism, so I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor,” she said on her show. “And Mr. Trump, I expect, will continue with what has been a successful campaign thus far. This is a tough business and it’s time now to move forward.”

Read more about Kelly — including how she’s captured the attention of more liberal viewers and her decision to switch from law to journalism — over at Vanity Fair.

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