Loose Women presenter Andrea McLean pulled out of Friday’s show with just moments to spare after suffering a panic attack backstage.

According to the Mirror Andrea – who revealed this week that she split from husband Steve Toms over Christmas – collapsed backstage as she was waiting to take her place on the panel.

Producers drafted in This Morning’s Ruth Langsford to take her place at the last minute – leaving Eamonn Holmes to present the last half-hour of that show alone.

“Andrea has had a bit of a week of it and it all caught up with her today,” a source told the paper. “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.”

Andrea revealed on This Morning earlier this week that she had gone public with details of her marriage breakdown as it coincided with the publication of her autobiography, Confeesions Of A Good Girl.

The mother-of-two said she was “a bit broken” and added, “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.”