Andrea McLean left the Loose Women panel and audience emotional as she shared heartbreaking news live on air on Friday.
Opening up on the hit daytime show, the 49-year-old revealed that her beloved dog Jackson had passed away a few weeks ago.
She said: ‘I can’t believe it, my dog Jackson died. Gosh, I didn’t think I would get upset. It happened a couple of weeks ago. He was a huge part of our life. A dog is a member of your family.’
Talking through tears the mum-of-two explained the impact the adorable pooch had had on her life revealing that he had been ‘the man in my life’.
On introducing her four-legged friend to her husband Nick Feeney – with whom she tied the knot in last year – the presenter confessed that it had been an important milestone in the couple’s relationship.
Explaining more she said: ‘I was with Jackson longer than my ex-husband. Draw your conclusions! When he [Nick] first came to the door, I was like, I hope they get on.’
She continued: ‘Literally, when Nick came in through the door, time stopped and heart eyes came out of Jackson’s eyes. Barry White music played. He fell in love with him, Jackson followed Nick around. He died in Nick’s arms.’
After the show the proud pet parent took to Instagram to make a tribute to her loyal companion.
Sharing an adorable video of Jackson and Nick bonding together she described the hole his death had left in her heart and family.
‘Our home is not the same without him. The porch is not the same without him, it looks empty. He is so sadly missed, and our hearts are broken. Rest in peace my lovely Jackson.’
Fans rushed to comment on the post to offer their condolences.
One wrote: ‘I’ve just heard I’m so sorry about your loss. I still miss my Ellie. Its been 8years.’
Another added: ‘I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of Jackson. Our pets have such a special place in our hearts that’s hard for everyone to understand and their loss leaves such a big hole. Thinking of you and your family x’