January 25, 2021

Andrea McLean breaks down in tears as she reveals she will be LEAVING Loose Women in the New Year – Daily Mail

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Andrea McLean has revealed she will be leaving Loose Women at the end of this year after appearing on the lunchtime programme for 13 years on Monday.

The TV presenter, 51, broke down in tears as she shared the news that she would be stepping away from the panel show in order to focus on other projects.

The star admitted the reason behind her departure was linked to her nervous breakdown last year, as she revealed it made her question whether she was ‘living the way she wanted.’ 

Time to say goodbye! Andrea McLean has revealed she will be leaving Loose Women at the end of this year after appearing on the lunchtime programme for 13 years

Time to say goodbye! Andrea McLean has revealed she will be leaving Loose Women at the end of this year after appearing on the lunchtime programme for 13 years

Time to say goodbye! Andrea McLean has revealed she will be leaving Loose Women at the end of this year after appearing on the lunchtime programme for 13 years

Andrea explained: ‘Like so many people this has been a time to hugely reflect and think back. So many people have been talking about how they can’t wait for life to get back to normal. I, like many people, did that and thought, ‘Do I want my life to go back to the normal that it was before?’

She told viewers: ‘Last year I had a nervous breakdown and this year the world has had a breakdown. This year I’ve been really mentally strong to deal with everything the pandemic has thrown at us. 

‘You get one life, are you living it the way you want? Are you being brave? Are you doing the thing you want? 

Becoming emotional, Andrea added: ‘I didn’t think I was going to cry. I’ve told you ladies just before we came on air. I’m going to be leaving Loose Women because I want to be brave…

Emotional decision: The TV presenter, 51, broke down in tears as she shared the news that she would be stepping away from the panel show in order to focus on other projects

Emotional decision: The TV presenter, 51, broke down in tears as she shared the news that she would be stepping away from the panel show in order to focus on other projects

Emotional decision: The TV presenter, 51, broke down in tears as she shared the news that she would be stepping away from the panel show in order to focus on other projects

Re-evaluating: The star admitted the reason behind her departure was linked to her nervous breakdown last year, as she revealed it made her question whether she was 'living the way she wanted'

Re-evaluating: The star admitted the reason behind her departure was linked to her nervous breakdown last year, as she revealed it made her question whether she was 'living the way she wanted'

Re-evaluating: The star admitted the reason behind her departure was linked to her nervous breakdown last year, as she revealed it made her question whether she was ‘living the way she wanted’

‘All the incredible feedback that I had from my book and the support I was able to give them, I want to bring it to life. It was a really, really big decision to jump and see if I fall or if I fly. And I just thought, I will never know unless I try, so I am saying goodbye to Loose Women.’ 

Linda Robson said: ‘I am going to miss you so much, Andrea. Honestly you have been amazing and a real good friend to me. When I was going through my depression and everything, you were the one that was ringing all the time to see that I was okay.’

‘ITV have been amazing,’ Andrea said. ‘I have been anchoring Loose Women for 13 years now and I have been part of ITV daytime for 23 and actually the team have been so wonderful [saying]… 

Sad news: Andrea had already told her fellow panellists she would be leaving the show before Monday's show aired

Sad news: Andrea had already told her fellow panellists she would be leaving the show before Monday's show aired

Sad news: Andrea had already told her fellow panellists she would be leaving the show before Monday’s show aired

‘Can we help, can we give you less days so you can focus on your business?’ I am not saying goodbye to telly either… You just never know unless you try, I just want to put myself out there…

‘See what the universe has in store, help as many women as I possibly can in whatever that means but for now it means with my website and all the love and effort that I am putting into that, that will be my focus.’  

Saira Khan added:’ We are going to give you a massive send off so don’t you worry.’

Throwback: Andrea first appeared on the popular programme in 2007 (pictured 2008)

Throwback: Andrea first appeared on the popular programme in 2007 (pictured 2008)

Throwback: Andrea first appeared on the popular programme in 2007 (pictured 2008)

Andrea said: This is not goodbye, it’s au revoir. I’ll still be here till Christmas.’

Andrea said her decision was influenced by the ‘incredible feedback’ she received after releasing her book, This Girl Is on Fire, in September this year, which details her journey from trauma, toxic relationships and divorce towards empowerment, happiness and healing.

The mother-of-two revealed that she wanted to help more women and will be taking a risk with a new career path upon leaving her position on the show. 

'ITV have been amazing,' Andrea said. 'I have been anchoring Loose Women for 13 years now and I have been part of ITV daytime for 23 and actually the team have been so wonderful (pictured in 2017)

'ITV have been amazing,' Andrea said. 'I have been anchoring Loose Women for 13 years now and I have been part of ITV daytime for 23 and actually the team have been so wonderful (pictured in 2017)

‘ITV have been amazing,’ Andrea said. ‘I have been anchoring Loose Women for 13 years now and I have been part of ITV daytime for 23 and actually the team have been so wonderful (pictured in 2017)

The This Girl Is On Fire website Andrea has created provides a membership service to support women’s mental health and confidence levels. 

Andrea and her husband Nick Feeney launched the website in 2018, following the success of her best-selling book, Confessions of a Menopausal Woman.

The couple celebrated the one year anniversary of their website in June 2019 with a party attended by website contributors and special guests Jo Malone and Brenda Edwards. 

The Scottish native first began hosting Loose Women in 2007 but has been apart from the ITV Daytime team for the past 23 years. 

Power couple: Andrea and her husband Nick Feeney launched the website in 2018, following the success of her best-selling book, Confessions of a Menopausal Woman

Power couple: Andrea and her husband Nick Feeney launched the website in 2018, following the success of her best-selling book, Confessions of a Menopausal Woman

Power couple: Andrea and her husband Nick Feeney launched the website in 2018, following the success of her best-selling book, Confessions of a Menopausal Woman

Andrea currently co-anchors the show two to three days a week, while Ruth Langsford and Kaye Adams steer the ship in her absence. 

Following her announcement, positive comments from viewers flooded in on Twitter as they wished Andrea well for the future.

Fellow ITV personality Lizzie Cundy, wrote: ‘So brave @andra_mclean on today’s @loosewomen. I had tears watching! Sending you love.’

Another social media user, wrote: ‘Good luck in your new ventures @andrea_mclean she who dares wins! #LooseWomen.’

Parteners: The couple celebrated the one year anniversary of their website in June 2019 with a party attended by website contributors and special guests Jo Malone and Brenda Edwards

Parteners: The couple celebrated the one year anniversary of their website in June 2019 with a party attended by website contributors and special guests Jo Malone and Brenda Edwards

Parteners: The couple celebrated the one year anniversary of their website in June 2019 with a party attended by website contributors and special guests Jo Malone and Brenda Edwards

A third wrote: ‘Sad that Andrea is leaving #LooseWomen – she’s great on it. Hopefully she’ll be back at some point.’

A different person wrote: ‘Andrea a job after 20 odd years is not easy even it was your decision. I couldn’t say anything at my leaving do, planned to say all sorts but emotion just took a hold. Good luck @andrea_mclean. #LooseWomen.’

Another said: ‘@andrea_mclean Good luck in the future Andrea. The show will be weird without you. I hope you get all you wish for.’

Goodbye! Following her announcement, positive comments from viewers flooded in on Twitter as they wished Andrea well for the future

Goodbye! Following her announcement, positive comments from viewers flooded in on Twitter as they wished Andrea well for the future

Goodbye! Following her announcement, positive comments from viewers flooded in on Twitter as they wished Andrea well for the future

Another person joked: ‘Not me crying in bits with Andrea McLean announcing she’s leaving #LooseWomen oh my god. She’s my favourite anchor and I’m going to miss her so much. However, I am so so happy for her.’

One person said: ‘So sad to see that you will be leaving #LooseWomen I adore it when you’re anchoring. But I’m also excited for your future. You are right, you only have one life so you must do what makes you happy.’

A different Twitter user said: ‘Nahhh sat sobbing at @loosewoemn @andreamclean I’m so proud of you, sending you so so much love xxx.’

With similar sentiment, another person said: ‘I’m so so sad that @andreamclean is leaving #LooseWomen wishing her all the very best of luck.’

Brave admission: Andrea McLean surprised Loose Women viewers on Monday by admitting she had secretly suffered a breakdown last year

Brave admission: Andrea McLean surprised Loose Women viewers on Monday by admitting she had secretly suffered a breakdown last year

Brave admission: Andrea McLean surprised Loose Women viewers on Monday by admitting she had secretly suffered a breakdown last year

Andrea surprised Loose Women viewers in May earlier this year by admitting she had secretly suffered a breakdown last year.

The presenter bravely discussed her mental health battle alongside Nadia Sawalha, Brenda and Coleen Nolan.

The star confessed she had been a ‘really dark place’, but had been seeking professional help and support to help work through it.

Andrea candidly said: ‘If this [pandemic] had happened a year ago I would have been in trouble.

‘Last year, I was in a really dark place. I had a breakdown last year, which is something I haven’t necessarily spoken about, but I did.

‘If it had happened then it would have been horrendous, but I worked on myself so hard and I had so much help and so much support that actually when it happened, we’d already starting calming our life down.’

She explained: ‘I was in a really great place mentally [at the beginning of lockdown], I’d had therapy, so actually I was quite chilled.’

This was the first time Andrea had talked about her mental health battle on the show.

She explained: 'I was in a really great place mentally [at the beginning of lockdown], I'd had therapy, so actually I was quite chilled' (pictured last week at home)

She explained: 'I was in a really great place mentally [at the beginning of lockdown], I'd had therapy, so actually I was quite chilled' (pictured last week at home)

She explained: ‘I was in a really great place mentally [at the beginning of lockdown], I’d had therapy, so actually I was quite chilled’ (pictured last week at home) 

Andrea later detailed what caused her breakdown after revealing she was in a ‘dark place. 

She said that she had made herself feel ‘small’ and been a ‘people pleaser’ for most of her life and refuses to be that person any longer.

Andrea admitted she hadn’t meant to discuss her personal struggles on the show and said that it ‘slipped out’, after being off air during the coronavirus pandemic.

Candid: Andrea detailed what caused her breakdown after revealing she was in a 'dark place' last year

Candid: Andrea detailed what caused her breakdown after revealing she was in a 'dark place' last year

Candid: Andrea detailed what caused her breakdown after revealing she was in a ‘dark place’ last year

She confessed that she is aware she may not ‘seem’ like the sort of person who would be likely to suffer from a mental breakdown.

However told the Mirror: ‘But what does a person look like? It is someone who is a people-pleaser, someone who tries too hard to do everything and can’t say ‘no’ and holds everything in. That’s exactly what I am and that is why it happened.’ 

‘I’ve had to make myself small through a lot of my life and dim my lights, I don’t want to do that any more. There have been experiences in my life of having to stay small.

Since undergoing therapy, Andrea has decided she wants to help other women who may be going through similar struggles and want to stand up for themselves.

Struggles: Andrea said that she had made herself feel 'small' and been a 'people pleaser' for most of her life and refuses to be that person any longer

Struggles: Andrea said that she had made herself feel 'small' and been a 'people pleaser' for most of her life and refuses to be that person any longer

Struggles: Andrea said that she had made herself feel ‘small’ and been a ‘people pleaser’ for most of her life and refuses to be that person any longer

She has set up her female-empowerment website and aims to motivate 100 million women around the world.

Andrea attended counselling with her husband Nick Feeney.

While people assumed they were having marital issues, Nick attended Andrea’s sessions in solidarity and she claimed her other half has been ‘brilliant’

Brave admission: Andrea surprised Loose Women viewers earlier this month by admitting she had secretly suffered a breakdown last year

Brave admission: Andrea surprised Loose Women viewers earlier this month by admitting she had secretly suffered a breakdown last year

Empowered: She has set up her female-empowerment website and aims to motivate 100 million women around the world