Andrea McLean has spoken about how suffering from a breakdown last year, in addition to the lockdown established due the coronavirus pandemic, influenced her decision to step down from Loose Women.
On Monday this week, Andrea announced that she had decided to leave Loose Women after 13 years on the ITV talk show.
During Wednesday’s show, Janet Street-Porter – who was not on the panel on Monday – questioned Andrea about her reasoning for choosing to leave.
When Janet asked if this year’s lockdown ‘tipped the balance’, Andrea said that she believes it was a factor.
‘As you know I had a really rough year last year, and I think that anyone who has experienced any kind of mental distress – I had a breakdown last year – and then obviously we had a global pandemic, you stop and think about your life,’ she said.
Andrea explained that while some people are keen for life to ‘go back to as it was’ before the pandemic, for her, this would mean ‘going backwards’ to 2019.
‘There were so many people talking about, ‘Oh I can’t wait for life to go back to as it was,’ and I thought, well if you discount this year, and we go into next year, that means next year, I’ll be going back to 2019,’ she stated.
‘You’re actually going backwards if you want everything to be exactly as it was and I want to look forward. So how do I want my life to be? And I realised actually, I need to be brave, I need to make bold steps.’
Andrea added: ‘I’m 51, how much longer have I got? So give it a go.’
After panelist Stacey Solomon commented that Andrea’s statement was ‘a bit morbid’, she responded by saying: ‘It’s true, because there’s a sense of urgency now that, if not now, when?’
‘And there’s no such thing as the right time. Sometimes you just need to step off that branch and hope the universe catches you,’ she said.
Andrea added that she has ‘four or fives shows left’ on Loose Women.
In May this year, Andrea shared that she had a breakdown in 2019, recalling being in a ‘really dark place’ when it occurred.
‘If this [pandemic] had happened a year ago I would have been in trouble,’ she said.
‘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.’
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Loose Women airs on weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.