Andrea McLean announced she and Steve Toms were over on 23 January

Andrea McLean has revealed that she’s shed 7lb since her break up from builder husband Steve Toms.

The Loose Women star and Steve, 43, who became man and wife in August 2009, realised at Christmas that their relationship was over, but have only recently announced the news.

‘I’ve lost about half a stone since we made the decision to split, just from stress,’ says size 10 Andrea, 42.

‘But Mum and Dad are doing their best to feed me up – Mum with soup and Dad with Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers.

‘Dad says you can fix most things in life with those – I hope he’s right!’

Devastated Andrea was supposed to return to her role as Loose Women host at the end of last week, but had to drop out at the last minute because she suffered a panic attack.

‘I had a bit of a wobble on Friday,’ she tells ITV1’s Lorraine Kelly.

‘I think I had been bottling everything up, because obviously to everyone else this is all brand new, but it’s been bubbling away for an awful long time.

‘And I think the mad focus – the intense focus of attention on me for that week – as my Mum said, “You put everything in box, and the lid had to open”.’

‘And it did, and suddenly I just completely crumbled.’

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