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Loose Women’s Andrea McLean says her biggest regret is taking so long to get help for her breakdown

LOOSE Women panellist Andrea McLean, 51, has opened up about regretting taking so long to get help following her breakdown last year.

Here, the bestselling author also talks drinking shots, getting angry and her earliest memory.

What scares you? 

Spiders! I’m stupidly scared of them.

Who or what is the love of your life?

My husband Nick [Feeney, 50].

What makes you angry? 

Probably rudeness, because it’s so unnecessary – people walking around in a s**ty mood taking it out on everyone else.

Do you have a party trick?

I used to be able to flip 10 beer mats and catch them. And I’m surprisingly good with shots – I have hollow legs, so you can line them up! 

Who is your celebrity crush?

Me and Nick talk about our [free pass] “laminate list” and we both like Ryan Reynolds. We agree he can come for dinner. 

Who else would you invite to your dinner party? 

So Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are coming. Eva Longoria – I interviewed her once and thought she was going to be my friend. Chris Evans, Piers Morgan, Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton and the whole Nashville cast. It would have to be a big table.

All-time favourite movie?

I love the French film Untouchable, and Pitch Perfect. We also watch Elf every Christmas.

What possession would you rescue from a burning building?

If I can’t rescue family members and the dog, then nothing.

What is your earliest memory? 

Making friends with a stray dog in Trinidad where I grew up [Andrea’s dad worked as an engineer there]. It was something I did right up until I was a teenager – I’d climb under stilted buildings and sit with stray dogs while they had puppies. We ended up with a few!

How do you relax? 

There is something really simple about just wandering. If I have meetings across town, I always wear my trainers, put a podcast on and lose myself.

What do you think happens when we die? 

We leave our bodies and all our energy goes above earth. We wait until we’re needed again and then we come back. It’s like reincarnation but just energy transfer! It’s a bit woo-woo.

Neat freak or messy?

Both! I like everything to be clean and tidy, but I leave piles of stuff everywhere. Nick is a proper neat freak, obsessed with wiping counters – so I just let him.

What good will come from 2020?

I think people connecting with themselves again.

What are your best and worst qualities? 

I’m a very kind person and I care a lot. I think that’s a good quality. Sometimes it flips into being my worst because I’m really sensitive and get really upset about things. 

Most famous person on your phone? 

Ayda [Field] – Robbie Williams’ wife. She was on Loose Women once.

What is your biggest regret?

That I took so long to get help [Andrea had a breakdown last year]. I wish I’d done it years ago. But I believe everything happens when it’s supposed to. I don’t care so much about what people think now.

Loose Women's Andrea McLean breaks down in tears as she reveals she's quit the show

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