Andrea McLean has praised the England Lionesses following their historic win over Germany in the Euro 2022 final and declared it not just a proud moment for women in sport, but womankind in general.
Speaking to the Standard, the former Loose Women panellist said: “I cried! I never normally watch the football and even my mum was texting me saying ‘I never watch the football’ and I watched it all the way through and I cried, I was so ridiculously proud of them.
“And they were so gracious in their victory with Germany, reaching out and shaking hands, hugging each other, you know, true sportsmanship which is beautiful.
“All I kept thinking was they’ve set the bar, they’ve done it! Now finally, women in sport will get the attention and finances which is what they need and that meant so much.”
Glasgow-born McLean knows a thing or two about trailblazing.
In December 2020, she shocked the showbiz world when she announced that she had suffered a breakdown and was quitting Loose Women after 13 years to re-evaluate what was important to her.
Fast forward to now and not only has the 52-year-old got her own life back on track, she has helped countless other people too as the CEO of This Girl Is On Fire - an online mindset membership platform which she co-founded with her husband Nick Feeney to help women to think differently about themselves through online classes, podcasts and masterclasses.
This Thursday marks the debut of the This Girl Is On Fire Mindset App and November will see McLean expand her reach further by launching a male version of her platform entitled This Guy Is On Fire.
While This Girl Is On Fire has a predominantly UK based audience, the You Just Need to Believe It: 10 Ways in 10 Days to Unlock Your Courage and Reclaim Your Power author says her hope with the app is to go global.
She said: “I want to empower a hundred million people and that doesn’t necessarily mean a hundred million people downloading the app, that hundred million can stem from one woman discovering the app and learning how to think differently about herself, her self-belief. That one woman can affect what she says to her daughter, the things she says to her friends, her own mother, so one person can bring about 10-20-100.
“I would just love the learnings that I’m trying to pass on to ripple out. For them to know that I’ve been where you are and just want to give you some tools to show that you are enough, you are loved, you are worth it and you are capable.”
Andrea McLean is the CEO of female mindset app This Girl Is On Fire launching on August 4 and available to purchase from the App Store and Google Play.