On hit daytime TV show Loose Women, Andrea McLean always has a smile and seems carefree…
However, in today’s Daily Mirror, a friend of Andrea’s has revealed the shocking truth behind that cheery façade as she explained the hell that Andrea’s been living through having been targeted by an obsessed stalker.
Andrea’s confidante explained that the 42 year old presenter – who had just split from second husband Steve Toms when the stalker’s campaign of harassment began – met and “swapped business cards” with a man she met at a social gathering.
However, the man then bombarded her with phone calls and messages, some of which were “of a sexual nature”, as he pleaded with Andrea to go out with him…
The source said, “The man seemed to think because she was newly single she would fall at his feet because she was vulnerable, but the messages made her skin crawl.
“She knew the man was married so would never have got involved with him. The guy was a real creep.
“Andrea ignored the messages at first but they continued for some time until she felt she had to do something about it.”
It seems that Andrea then took what could have been a dangerous gamble, and decided to phone the man, threatening to expose his attempts at infidelity to his wife, and though that seemed to stop the man from contacting her, the stress of the situation caused Andrea to become ill.
Fans of Loose Women may recall that in March, Andrea had time off from the show as she recovered from shingles, but friends believe it was the stress of dealing with the obsessed man – as well as her marriage split – that brought on the illness.
The paper concludes, “A spokesman for the TV host said they were aware of the issue with the married man, but neither they nor Andrea wanted to comment.”