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Andrea McLean has admitted she feared she would have to "sell her house" after quitting Loose Women.
The former Loose Women anchor, 51, quit her position on the show after 13 years in 2020, in order to work on her website This Girl Is On Fire and various other projects.
But she feared she’d "never earn a penny" after leaving the ITV panel show.
Speaking on Natalie Anderson’s podcast The Capsule in Conversation, Andrea admitted the logistics of her career change were actually pretty intimidating.
"I knew I had to take a deep breath and just be brave," Andrea explained on the podcast.
She and her husband Nick Feeney had to discuss the practical aspects of shifting careers.
"Nick and I sat down and we worked out, very logically, leaving a job that you’ve done for two decades and it’s all you’ve ever known really, to absolutely turn right and do something very different is a very emotional experience as well as a very practical one," she said.
"We went through the list and once I knew I had coping strategies in place for every worst case scenario, I’d already looked them in the eye and said, ‘yes, I can live with that’, and ‘I can live with that as well’."
Andrea continued: "I knew I could do it, so let’s do it, so I just jumped and it is the most euphoric and terrifying experience at the same time.
"You jump, but what if I fall and face plant? But what if I fly. It's one of my favourite quotes.
"And now I proudly hold my hand up and say I am a female entrepreneur and the head of a gym for the mind."
But it wasn’t all plain sailing, with Andrea admitting: "We sat down and said ‘what’s the worst thing that can happen?’ Right, I never earn a penny. We’ll have to sell the house. We may have to sell the children, maybe the dog!"
Andrea’s website forms an online community for women going through menopause and wanting to "relight their fire".
It’s a far cry from her weather presenting stint on GMTV and her Loose Women gig, coming off the success of her bestselling book Confessions of a Menopausal Woman.
But Andrea’s making a great success of it.
"We show women how to retrain their thoughts so they don’t feel trapped and scared, I kind of feel like I’m at the front saying ‘follow me guys’," she said.
She announced her decision to quit live on the show last November, explaining: "Last year I had a nervous breakdown and this year the world has had a breakdown. This year I've been really mentally strong to deal with everything the pandemic has thrown at us.
"You get one life, are you living it the way you want? Are you being brave? Are you doing the thing you want?"
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A teary-eyed Andrea continued: "I didn't think I was going to cry. I've told you ladies just before we came on air. I'm going to be leaving Loose Women because I want to be brave…
"All the incredible feedback that I had from my book and the support I was able to give them, I want to bring it to life. It was a really, really big decision to jump and see if I fall or if I fly.
"And I just thought, I will never know unless I try, so I am saying goodbye to Loose Women."
- Loose Women
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