Andrea McLean's dog was fighting for his life as she tied the knot last week.

Andrea McLean

Andrea McLean

The 'Loose Women' panellist's wedding should have been the best day of her life but she has admitted she and her now-husband Nick Feeney's minds were elsewhere as their pet pooch Jackson was strapped up to machines awaiting an operation.

Speaking on 'Loose Women' on Thursday (07.12.17), Andrea said: "We didn't even tell the kids that this didn't happen because 1) we didn't want them to be upset and 2) I didn't want people on the day to say: 'How's Jackson?' Because I knew there would be tears. Our lovely dog collapsed two days before the wedding.

"He's had surgery, he's OK now but they discovered he's got a bone condition, a heart condition and they were going to operate on our wedding day so I asked them to do it the day after and then we were crying the next day when we found out he'd survived. He's good and he's home. I am now one kidney short because I never knew how expensive it was for a dog to have an operation."

But that wasn't the only drama on their big day as the wedding was almost stopped mid-way through because their friend Nicky Johnson interrupted the vows - as a joke.

She explained: "The vows that nearly never happened because of Nicky Johnson. When we got to that bit where they say: 'Does anyone know here why these people shouldn't marry?' He went: 'Well... actually.'

"And we laughed and the lady said: 'Stop the wedding!' And the whole thing ground to a halt and she said: 'This is a legally-binding ceremony and you have just said that there is a reason why these two should marry.' And he said: 'No, no, I was only joking.' And she said: 'I don't care if you were joking ... but I'll let you continue.' It was one of those things that the bigger the disaster, the funnier it is."