Andrea McLean suffers panic attack

Andrea McLean was forced to pull out of hosting 'Loose Women' yesterday (27.01.12) after suffering a panic attack and bursting into tears over the breakdown of her marriage

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Andrea McLean

Andrea McLean was forced to pull out of 'Loose Women' yesterday (27.01.12) after suffering a panic attack.

The TV presenter - who revealed earlier this week that her second marriage, to builder Steve Toms, had broken down at Christmas - burst into tears minutes before the ITV1 daytime talk show was due to go on air, so quick-thinking producers had to draft in 'This Morning' co-host Ruth Langsford to take her place.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Andrea has had a bit of a week of it and it all caught up with her today. She had a panic attack half an hour before the programme started and couldn't stop crying.

"It was clear she wouldn't be able to take part and so she went home. It's been a horrible time for her but she'll be fine. We fully expect her to be back on the programme next week."

The 42-year-old TV presenter - who is a mother to children Finlay, 10, and five-year-old Amy - admitted to being "a bit broken" when she poured her heart out on 'This Morning' earlier this week.

Andrea - who explained she had chosen to go public ahead of the publication of her autobiography, 'Confessions of a Good Girl' - said: "I'm a bit broken to be honest. I didn't want this to be how my life turned out.

"I'm just going to keep going. I'm really blessed, I've got two lovely children and an amazing family who have all rallied round and have been supportive. I think it's a one day at a time thing.

"A lot of people have questioned why I opened up about the fact that my marriage has ended, but the answer is simple. The book is dedicated to him and my family.

"When you write a book like this, the pre-publicity is organised six months in advance and I couldn't just sit and lie and pretend everything's great - because it didn't end up like that.

"So I just took a deep breath and thought, 'Be honest, just get it out there and deal with it'."

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