Loose Women's Andrea McLean says boyfriend was terrified of meeting other panellists
Andrea McLean has said boyfriend Nick Feeney was terrified of meeting her fellow Loose Women panellists.
The star of ITV's flagship afternoon series opened up about her relationship during an interview with Hello! magazine.
The couple, who have four children from previous marriages between them, were set up on a blind date. They kept their relationship quiet for a year until going public in 2015.
On the subject of businessman Nick's introduction to the other Loose Women, she said: "He was terrified!"
Andrea added: "But the ladies were lovely to him, especially Linda Robson who calls herself Nana Linda and is my surrogate nana.
"She was over the moon and said, 'I'm so happy you've found love again and are being looked after by a nice man'."
Andrea's first marriage was to childhood sweetheart Nick Green, a TV producer with whom she has a son. She wed builder Steve Toms, the father of her daughter, in 2009 after working with him on home makeover series Our House.
The couple had generated headlines due to the affair they had years earlier while Andrea was still married to Nick. The TV star's second marriage broke down in 2011.
Andrea, 46, told Nick about her past on their first date.
She said: "After a few drinks, we were getting on so well and as we relaxed in each other's company, I told him everything about my life, all the ups and the downs and the poor guy sat there in shock.
"My thinking was that he could go home, Google my name on the internet and find all kinds of inaccurate nonsense."
The former GMTV weathergirl added: "I wanted him to hear the truth from me first."
Nick said: "I vowed never to Google her name and I never have. If I have a question, I just ask her direct."
After two divorces Andrea did not think she would find happiness.
The mother of two said: "I never thought I'd feel like this again, that I'd fall in love and get the chance to start a new life. It's been a revelation to him, too. And because we make each other so happy, it's changed our lives."
She added: "So many people have commented on how much more positive I've become since I met him. Thanks to Nick, I'm no longer looking backwards, I'm looking forwards."
Read the full interview in Hello!, out now.