Loose Women star Andrea McLean on her live show “wobble”

by Lynn Connolly

As we reported recently, Loose Women star Andrea McLean collapsed just minutes before she was due to appear live on the hit ITV daytime show…

At the time, it was suggested that she’d suffered a panic attack in the wake of the revelation that her second marriage had ended. This Morning co-host Ruth Langsford stepped into Andrea’s place for the show.

However, during an interview with Lorraine Kelly on breakfast-time TV, Andrea said that she’s now “fine” and suffered “a wobble.”

She said, “I’m all right now. A bit of a wobble on Friday.

“I think I had been bottling everything up, because obviously to everyone else this (her split from her husband) is all brand new, but it’s been bubbling away for an awful long time.

“As my mum said, ‘You put everything in a box, and the lid had to open’. And it did. And suddenly I just completely crumbled…

“But everyone was so lovely and supportive, and I’ve had a weekend at home with my mum making me soup, and I’m fine.”

The news that Andrea’s marriage to Steve Toms was over came last week, and of it, Andrea told the Daily Mirror, “We held it together over Christmas for the kids but then on Boxing Day I took them to stay with my parents – and that was the end.

“I’m still in shock. When I hear myself talking about ‘my first marriage breakdown’ then ‘this time round,’ the words are like a stab in the heart.

“Because I simply can’t believe I’m in this position again. People think I’m Snow White… the most boring person in the world!

“I’ve only ever slept with two men and I married them both. I’ve always been choosy and never played the field but now here I am… a single mum with two children by two different husbands and two failed marriages behind me.

“I feel I have let my children down. They don’t deserve this. I just wanted to give them what I had – a happy, loving home with a mum and dad who adored each other.

“And all I’ve ever wanted is to be one half of a couple. But now that’s all gone. I’m heartbroken.”

Here’s hoping you continue to get the support you need Andrea. It’s always a dark – but common in this day and age – time when a marriage ends.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.