Andrea McLean has revealed she was dropped from all her brand endorsement deals on the very day she announced her Loose Women departure last year.
The TV personality, 52, admitted the shock move felt like a financial ‘punch in the stomach’ and forced her to live off her savings for the next eight months.
Vowing to never return in her former role on the daytime show, she had featured as a member of the panel for 13 years but insisted she’s proud for ‘leaving with grace’.
‘It was financially like a punch in the stomach!’ Andrea McLean has revealed she was dropped from all her brand endorsement deals after her Loose Women departure last year
Speaking on the Secure The Insecure With Johnny Seifert podcast, the journalist said she had relied on her side-hustle as her family’s main breadwinner while working on her memoir and mindset membership app, both titled This Girl Is On Fire.
She confessed: ‘When I made the announcement I was leaving TV to follow my heart and dreams, go all in on This Girl Is On Fire, obviously we put a lot of planning into this moment because obviously it’s a huge jump.
‘I was the breadwinner and this was the job that was paying the bills but everyone in TV does jobs as well.
The presenter revealed that she and husband Nick Feeney discussed in depth the logistics of her huge career change.
Bawling: The TV personality, 52, admitted the shock move felt like a financial ‘punch in the stomach’ and forced her to live off her savings for the next eight months (pictured in 2020)
She said: ‘I had enough corporate work lined up that was going to keep the funds coming in before I wrote This Girl’s On Fire and get traction so it was a calculated decision.
‘On the day that I announced I was leaving, every brand dropped me… so I went from, “OK I knew I had this amount of money coming in and this much work that will see me through to the next six to eight months,” it disappeared overnight.
‘That’s how big a deal moving away from TV is. It was financially like a punch in the stomach, my safety net was gone. I was like, “Oh my god I only have my savings. I cant turn back and change my mind. I have no over income.”
‘Nobody cares about you, they care about what you represent and I had just stepped away from a high profile job.’
Moving on: Vowing to never return in her former role on the daytime show, she had featured as a member of the panel for 13 years but insisted she’s proud for ‘leaving with grace’ (pictured in 2017)
‘I just thought, “I’m ok with that because these brands don’t value me or my worth but what I’m about to do is way more powerful than me working on a TV show.”
‘These brands, and I wont say who they were, were all about raising women up, making us feel good, but actually they didn’t care about that, only my profile.
‘I passionately care about making people feel good, I realised they had missed out and it took a lot of balls to see it that way while my bank balance was going in one direction, and it was going down.’
When asked about a possible return to her former day job, she said: ‘For me, it would be no but not in a, “Oh my god no,” sort of way
Couple: The presenter revealed that she and husband Nick Feeney discussed in depth the logistics of her huge career change (pictured in 2019)
‘But just as in 100% I’ll go on it and chat about stuff, yes totally, but not to work on it now because I really love so much what I’m doing now
‘That was then and it ended nicely. Not many people can walk away from a career they’ve had for as long as I’ve had and just do it with grace.
‘The door is always open to me, I appreciate that but yes it will go on definitely as a guest and chat about things 100% but not to work because I’m doing too much.’
When she announced her plans to leave Loose Women in November 2020, Andrea broke down in tears and also detailed how her departure was also linked to her nervous breakdown.
Andrea explained: ‘Like so many people this has been a time to hugely reflect and think back. So many people have been talking about how they can’t wait for life to get back to normal. I, like many people, did that and thought, ‘Do I want my life to go back to the normal that it was before?’
She told viewers: ‘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?’
Becoming emotional, Andrea added: ‘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.’
Busy bee: The journalist said she had relied on her side-hustle as her family’s main breadwinner while working on her memoir and mindset membership app, This Girl Is On Fire