After 13 years on Loose Women, the decision to leave the show was a huge one for Andrea McLean.
The people around her – including her fellow conference attendees – told her she would regret it.
But, determined to start a new life, she clung to her gun and now, two years later, those regrets have not materialized. In fact, quite the opposite.
Andrea said: “I have no regrets at all, 100%.
“I really enjoy looking back on my time there, and how lucky I am. I had the best job in the world but it just doesn’t fit anymore.
“It’s not a bad thing, we all change and you’re not the same person a decade later.
“Most of us will outgrow our jobs at some point.”
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She has decided to step down from the board to focus on a new career as a self-help author and focus on This Girl is On Fire – the brand she runs with her third husband Nick Feeney. .
She added, “Because I was doing This Girl is On Fire on the side, it became more and more obvious to me that this is what I wanted to do.”
And leaving the ITV show has even made her rethink her home life and make a move to Florida, after her children Finlay, 20, and Amy, 15, flew home. nesting.
The 52-year-old said: “Moving to Florida is something that won’t happen for a while because of the kids and school, but ultimately we want to live there for the winter.
“Our business is online so we can operate from anywhere.
“The way I see it now that I’m in my fifties, I may only have 30 more winters left so if I could choose to spend them somewhere warm I would definitely do so. “
In fact, the star, who rose to fame as a weather host on GMTV, said she now even looks back fondly on her time on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.
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Andrea previously claimed the grueling experience in 2019 when she was interrogated by Ant Middleton forced her to come to terms with traumatic past experiences that left her with a mental breakdown.
“I’m so glad I did that show – it was the best thing I’ve ever done,” revealed Andrea, who left early after suffering from hypothermia.
“It was really hard and one of the worst experiences because of it, but I’m glad I did because it changed my life. I really like the boys because they did a good job.
“They’re scary, big men but they’re awesome.”
Last week, Andrea released her latest book You Just Believe It, a 10-day challenge guide that claims to help people find happiness, get out of their comfort zones, and find inner strength. in.
“This was the first book that I tried and tested before publishing, because it was based on a challenge I did with my community,” says Andrea.
“I know it works and it’s a really great feeling. The feedback so far has been very good.
“People have been reaching out to me to say they’re making changes and it’s been great to hear.”
She also revealed that she’s taking This Girl is On Fire to the next level by launching an app so users around the world can access content on the go, such as podcasts and podcasts. masterclass.
In June, both Andrea and Nick became certified life coaches, and she says working with her husband daily for their brand is a mix of “challenging” and “exciting.” .
She added: “It’s all those words, but it’s also cool.
“When you work in a business that you both run, nobody cares about it as much as you both so you can’t come home from work and talk about something and your other half doesn’t care. heart.
“The joy of it is that we think about it 24 hours a day, but that can also be an upside, so for us it’s really important to try to find those moments where we have a days off…this isn’t always the case.”
And while she was recently working on the online presentation for This Girl is On Fire, on Monday night, Andrea will return to the stage in front of an audience for the first time since leaving Loose Women when she hosts organized a variety show to raise money for Ukraine.
The sold-out concert for Ukraine will take place at Eastbourne’s Royal Hippodrome Theatre, but will also be available to audiences elsewhere in the country that can stream live from home tonight.
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It is seeking to raise funds for the UNICEF Ukraine Emergency Fund, which is providing clean water and food to families, providing information to those seeking refuge and providing essential supplies. weak as medicine.
Andrea says: “Participating in the organization of the concert was unquestionable, I said yes before the word was correctly uttered when I was asked.
“I have done several presentations in front of online audiences, but this will be the first time in front of hundreds of people in real life.
“I’m really excited about it, and not worried at all because everyone involved is really committed to it being a great night.”
Andrea says she has personally donated money and clothes to organizations that help Ukraine, but tonight is her chance to help raise thousands of pounds.
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She adds: “It’s really important to work with a charity like UNICEF because they are so experienced.
“You know that this money is going to go to exactly where it needs to be very quickly.”
The show will feature performances from a number of celebrities on stage and screen, including AJ and Curtis Pritchard, X Factor winner Dalton Harris and former professional dancer Chloe Hewitt, as well as talent from local schools in Eastbourne.
Andrea will co-host the evening with Olympic gold medalist figure skater Robin Cousins and says she’s happy to see him again after he rates her during Dancing on her Ice in 2006.
“I hope he remembers it like it was a long time ago,” says Andrea.
“Robin is an absolute dream in Dancing on Ice, he’s so sweet and adorable so I’m really looking forward to connecting with him again.”
And despite Andrea’s new career change as a life coach, she says she won’t rule out any other future appearances on reality TV shows. if they show up.
“My thinking is that if it looks like fun and something that I enjoy or learn from, life is too short to be serious about myself,” she said.
“I will always try and the great thing about phones is that there are all sorts of crazy things people can ask you to do.”
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And now, Andrea is also enjoying her fifties. “I care less about what people think of me,” she said.
“I spent years getting stuck in knots, thinking that if I did everything well, people would like me.
“But now I realize it’s completely unrelated and it makes me breathe out and I feel so much more myself.”
* Concerts for Ukraine can be streamed live. Happening from tonight at 7pm. To donate to UNICEF’s call, visit privately unicef.org.uk/unicef/ukraine
Andrea’s new book, you just have to believe it: 10 ways in 10 days to unlock your courage and find your strength is out now, £12.99
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/andrea-mclean-says-no-regrets-26567554 Andrea McLean says she has no regrets since leaving Loose Women - 'I do a better job'