Loose Women: Andrea McLean returns as a guest on the show
Andrea McLean has revealed she wouldn’t turn down a chance to return to Loose Women if it came her way, but wouldn’t go back full-time. The former anchor worked for ITV for over 20 years before she stepped down to launch her own lifestyle website and app Girl Is On Fire back in 2020, named after her book.
The 54-year-old’s new venture got off to a successful start before she had to “close everything down” due to falling ill with covid. Speaking to Express.co.uk, the businesswoman shared: “The app ran for a couple of years I think, but in the end I had to close it because I ended up with long covid, so I was very poorly for about eight months and I couldn’t work.
“So, I had to close everything down and let my community know that it was all going. It was really tough, that happened earlier this year.” Not one to stay down for long however, Andrea “re-grouped” her thoughts and relaunched herself as a media trainer, offering tips to nervous CEOs, spokespersons and brand ambassadors wanting to get their message across clearly.
She said of her current role: “It’s not quite what I thought I’d be doing, but it feels like what I’m meant to be doing. I absolutely love it, I really enjoy it.” Despite having her busy schedule back on track and being a working mum, the broadcaster said she wouldn’t rule out returning to Loose Women but couldn’t commit to her regular slot like before.
“Absolutely [I’d go back], yeah why not, totally,” she said of a return. “I don’t think I’d do it like my job again, but totally I would, I left for the best of reasons.
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“I think what we need to remember is, when I left it was the middle of a global pandemic. Nobody knew what was in store for the world, everyone was feeling like this is such a moment of change.
“For me I had been running This Girl Is On Fire and it showed me that you have only got one life and if you really want to try something you need to take a chance.” Looking back on her decision, Andrea said she has no regrets as she is now “freeer” and more “adventerous” than ever before.
“I’m so happy that I took the chance and I left,” she continued. “I think it’s really invigorating to try something else.”
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Andrea returned to the show as a guest last year to discuss her new business venture. Speaking to her former co-panellists, she revealed her plans to sell her dream home to finance her plan, with the backing of long-term husband Nick Feeney. She shared: “We came to the realisation that we were going to need to sell our house to get money in. Once I repositioned by thinking, we are brought up thinking ‘bricks and mortar, invest in bricks and mortar’, and I thought no, I’m going to invest in myself. I believe in me, I believe I can do this, so that’s what I did.”
As part of her busy life, Andrea is also a dog mum to Teddy who she and Nick adopted from Battersea Dogs and Cats home four years ago. The couple initially planned to foster their beloved pet pooch, but couldn’t bring themselves to let him go after falling in love with his ways.
Reflecting on their journey, she shared: “We decided to start fostering dogs through Battersea Dogs and Cats home, to support them and also give us our fix of doggy love! It works really well and we love doing it, and it is always lovely to hear about dogs finding their forever home.
“And then Teddy came along, and we became the worst foster parents – because we couldn’t give him back! We fell completely in love with him. Since then, Teddy has been a member of our family. In fact, he now runs our family. We just couldn’t imagine life without him.”
Andrea McLean is supporting the Pedigree Relief Fund, which has been created by Pedigree in partnership with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to support pet owners in having a stress-free Christmas and ensure rescue shelters don’t get overwhelmed.
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