Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott

Who did Zara McDermott cheat with? Made In Chelsea star back together with Sam Thompson

The ex Love Island star admitted she slept with someone else but all is now forgiven

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Zara McDermott and Sam Thompson’s cheating scandal has been the highlight – rather, lowlight – on the latest series of Made in Chelsea.

Sam, 27, put an end to his 16-month relationship with the former Love Island star, 23, after finding out what had happened on the E4 reality show.

He vowed that he would never get back together with influencer Zara… although he’s now changed his mind!

What exactly happened and who did Zara McDermott cheat with to prompt the split?

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Zara McDermott was in a 16-month relationship with Sam Thompson before the cheating came to light (Credit: PALACE LEE /

Who did Zara McDermott cheat with?

According to The Sun, Zara cheated with music industry boss Brahim Fouradi.

It reportedly happened during her stint on X Factor: Celebrity in 2019.

The cheating occurred more than once.

A source told the newspaper: “She was spending increasing amounts of time with him backstage, and hanging around after hours. [Sam’s] devastated about how things have turned out.”

ED! contacted Zara’s reps for comment.

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Zara was on the singing competition as part of The Islanders, a group that also included fellow Love Island stars Eyal Booker, Wes Nelson and Samira Mighty.

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Sam felt devastated on Made In Chelsea when he found out Zara cheated (Credit: Grant Buchanan /

Are Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott still together?

Good question! Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott broke up, with him saying the trust was gone, although he did admit he still loved ‘the girl’.

The pair split up in August of this year, following the revelations about Zara’s tryst.

Zara admitted she still had feelings for Sam, calling him the ‘love of her life’ on social media.

However, proving time can be a great healer, the pair are now giving their relationship another go.

Sam has confirmed: “I believe in forgiveness. I understand the context – and I think in any walk of life you can’t move forward unless you forgive.

“Forgiveness allows you to heal. You can only heal when you forgive the other person and get over that.

“I would definitely say no matter what you should always try to forgive and you’ll feel better in yourself – it’s easier said than done but you’ve got to strive for that.”

But with rumours circulating that Sam will return to Celebs Go Dating for a third time, it’s anyone’s guess how long it will last!

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What happened on Made In Chelsea?

The cheating was revealed  during an episode that aired on Monday, October 19.

Zara ended up in floods of tears during a lunch date with Made In Chelsea favourites Jamie Laing – who is on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing – and Sophie Habboo.

Sophie asked Zara if she was okay. Zara then broke down and replied: “Around a year ago, I slept with someone…”

Sam, shattered after finding out, told his close friend Jamie: “She was the one. I can’t be alone. I hate being alone!”

Jamie advised Sam he would be better off calling an end to the relationship, warning him that it could happen again.

In a later episode, Zara cried to friends Ruby and Melissa during a coffee date.

“I love him so much!”

Choking back tears, the star said: “He’s my best friend, I feel so lost!”

Comforting Zara, the girls listened as she explained how much she wanted her ex- boyfriend back.

Zara calls Sam the ‘love of her life’

Taking to Instagram on October 12, Zara paid tribute to Sam with a video montage.

She said: “There aren’t enough words to describe how I feel about you. You are my favourite person, my truest love.

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“I made this video montage for you of our memories over these last few years. I want to create a million more memories like these throughout the rest of my life… with you.

“Sorry our journey hasn’t been the easiest, and I am forever wishing I could find a way to turn back the clock. Remember… you are everything. You are my moon and all my stars and everything in between. I miss you. I love you more and more every day.”

This is just one of many social media tributes Zara has made to her ex-boyfriend since the news broke.

See more of Sam and Zara working on their relationship on Made in Chelsea, Monday at 9pm on E4.

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