On Monday this week, Andrea introduced that she had determined to leave Loose Women after 13 years on the ITV speak present.
Throughout Wednesday’s present, Janet Street-Porter – who was not on the panel on Monday – questioned Andrea about her reasoning for selecting to depart.
When Janet requested if this yr’s lockdown ‘tipped the steadiness’, Andrea mentioned that she believes it was an element.
‘As you recognize I had a extremely tough yr final yr, and I believe that anybody who has skilled any sort of psychological misery – I had a breakdown final yr – after which clearly we had a world pandemic, you cease and take into consideration your life,’ she mentioned.
Andrea defined that whereas some individuals are eager for all times to ‘return to because it was’ earlier than the pandemic, for her, this may imply ‘going backwards’ to 2019.
Andrea McLean is leaving Unfastened Girls after 13 years (Image: ITV/REX)
‘There have been so many individuals speaking about, ‘Oh I can’t wait for all times to return to because it was,’ and I believed, nicely for those who low cost this yr, and we go into subsequent yr, meaning subsequent yr, I’ll be going again to 2019,’ she said.
‘You’re truly going backwards if you’d like all the things to be precisely because it was and I wish to look ahead. So how do I need my life to be? And I realised truly, I must be courageous, I have to make daring steps.’
Andrea added: ‘I’m 51, how for much longer have I obtained? So give it a go.’
After panelist Stacey Solomon commented that Andrea’s assertion was ‘a bit morbid’, she responded by saying: ‘It’s true, as a result of there’s a way of urgency now that, if not now, when?’
‘And there’s no such factor as the appropriate time. Typically you simply have to step off that department and hope the universe catches you,’ she mentioned.
Andrea added that she has ‘4 or fives reveals left’ on Unfastened Girls.
In Might this yr, Andrea shared that she had a breakdown in 2019, recalling being in a ‘actually darkish place’ when it occurred.
‘If this [pandemic] had occurred a yr in the past I’d have been in hassle,’ she mentioned.
‘Final yr, I used to be in a extremely darkish place. I had a breakdown final yr, which is one thing I haven’t essentially spoken about, however I did.’
Unfastened Girls airs on weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.