Andrea McLean says SAS co-star ‘hated everything in her soul’ as things ‘fell apart’

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Andrea McLean took part in the celebrity edition of SAS: Who Dares Wins last year, but pulled out after being diagnosed with hypothermia. The Loose Women host has now claimed one of her co-stars “hated everything in my soul” while on the Channel 4 programme.

The 51-year-old panellist spoke candidly about her time on the gruelling show and explained why “everything fell apart” for her.

Recalling the emotional moment, Andrea revealed she was confronted by SAS: Who Dares Wins star Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham – a former military soldier.

He spent 27 years in the Parachute Regiment, with the Special Air Service (SAS) as a Mountie troop leader, sniper, and jungle warfare instructor.

Since leaving the armed forces, he’s worked as an A-list bodyguard to Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise before joining the reality series SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Speaking to Chris Evans on Virgin Radio, Andrea opened up about the moment it all changed when Billy stared directly at her.

“What I didn’t expect was that moment – if you watch the show – there’s lots of times where bags are put over your head and you’re marched about,” the Loose Women host explained.

“And that for us, happened right at the beginning. We were sort of ambushed.”

She continued: “The moment where the bag was pulled off and even in my professional head, I’m thinking, ‘This is a TV show. Nothing’s going to hurt me. We’re not literally being kidnapped.

“That moment when the bag was pulled off, it was actually Billy. Lovely, lovely Billy.

“He stood in front of me and he stared at me like he could see into my soul and he hated everything he saw.”

Andrea added: “And in that moment everything fell apart.”

The gruelling show puts celebrities through their paces as they go through exhausting and life-threatening SAS-style tasks.


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The small-screen star admitted the experience had left her having to confront problems she had previously “buried”.

“To be honest, when I looked at [Billy] I wasn’t looking at him,” Andrea remarked.

“I was looking at things that happened to me way into my past and another pair of eyes sort of looked at me in that way. It was just like that.”

She continued: “I didn’t expect it at all.

“Although I did everything that was asked of me, for example, I fell backwards out of a helicopter, I abseiled. My head was whirring.

“It was because all of these experiences I had, I’ve done what so many of us do. I put them in a box and buried it in the garden.”

Andrea finished: “I put a tree on top of that box. I wasn’t looking at that anymore because it wasn’t a part of my life.

“And to have that happen was just so unexpected.”

Viewers may recall that Andrea broke down in tears in the first episode of the reality series as previous traumas came back to haunt her.


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