'My weight plummeted to 8st 7lbs before comfort eating my way back to 10st': Andrea McLean talks about perils of marriage split
09:02 GMT, 24 April 2012
Being in the public eye can often seem like a glamorous affair, but even television stars have the same psychological battle with food following a marriage split.
Loose Women star Andrea McLean has revealed her weight plummeted to 8st 7lb after going her separate ways from husband Steve Toms – before comforting eating back up to 10st.
She said: 'It's all about Caramel
Wafers and orange KitKats! I'm under enough stress without worrying
about whether I can fit into my jeans or not.'
Soldiering on: Andra McLean says she and her children call themselves the 'Three Musketeers'
But despite erratic eating patterns, Andrea, 42, said she is finally learning to walk with her head high.
The former GMTV weather girl insisted no one else was involved, adding 'it was just two people trying their hardest to make it work.'
Andrea split from Steve, 41, after eight years together.
They have one biological child, five-year-old Amy, and Andrea's son Finlay, 10, from her former marriage to BBC producer Nick Green, now call themselves 'the Three Musketeers'.
Pillars of support: Both women credited the other with helping them through their split
While she credited fellow ITV panellist Denise Welch as being her pillar of strength,
saying she's 'been brilliant because we knew about each other's
situation before anyone else' she said she won't be following in her
footsteps and getting a toyboy lover of her own.
On the mend: Denise and Andrea speak out
Andrea told Woman's Own: 'I'm not ready
to move on. I'm not saying never… but being a cougar looks far too
much like hard work!'
Denise also spoke out on the demise of her 24 year marriage to Tim Healy.
The news broke just as the feisty 53-year-old emerged as the winner from Celebrity Big Brother.
She said: 'Big Brother opened my anxiety
valve and I've had to deal with depression again. It's a daily battle,
but I plan to take a break this summer'.
Denise claimed that 'a normal person' would have been able to take a life hiatus during such an emotional crisis, but she was forced to persevere following her reality TV show win.
The mother-of-two, Matthew, 23, and Louis, 11, added: 'I still wear a ring Tim bought me in the Caribbean and we haven't discussed divorce. I'm sure it will happen but it's not a matter of urgency.'
Denise is now dating 39-year-old Lincoln Townley – 14 years her junior.
The full feature is in Woman's Own, out today