Sam Thompson has broken his silence following split from Love Island star Zara McDermott.
Taking to Instagram, Sam shared a snap of himself and Pete Wicks with his one million followers, writing: “Thank you so much for putting up with me for the past week @p_wicks01 I’m incredibly lucky to have people I can lean on when I’m down.
“I know you’re not the soppy type, but you really are the brother I never had. I love you mate,” followed by a love heart emoji.
Sam ended the post saying: “good to see I havnt aged you over the past 6 days,” followed by a laughing face emoji.
Love Island star Zara McDermott is reportedly in crisis talks with boyfriend Sam Thompson amid cheating rumours.
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News of Zara and Sam’s split broke on Thursday, with it since being reported that the Love Island beauty was unfaithful during the romance.
Zara, who recently shared a snap in a white bikini amid the cheating rumours, dated Sam for 16 months before their recent split, but it seems the star is trying to win her former Made In Chelsea beau back.
An insider told The Sun: “Their relationship is hanging in the balance. “Sam left to film The Circle saying he couldn’t be with Zara right now.
“She’s fighting so hard to get him back. She’s going to do everything she can to prove he can trust her again.
“Even though it’s split them apart right now, people have got through worse in their relationships and gone on to be stronger.
“She loves him so much and isn’t giving up hope that he’ll forgive her.
“There are plans for them to meet up as soon as Sam is back. It’ll be make or break for their relationship.”
Following the split, Zara shared a stunning snap of herself clad in lacy white lingerie.
The black and white image of the star posted to her 1.4 million followers reads: “it’s never black and white.”
Zara is believed to have enjoyed a rendezvous with “someone in the music industry” when she took part in The X Factor: Celebrity last autumn.
She teamed up with her former Love Island co-stars Wes Nelson, Eyal Booker and Samira Mighty to compete on the show as part of the group No Love Lost.
A source said of her reported unfaithfulness: “Zara cheated on Sam with someone in the music industry. Someone connected to the X Factor.
“Sam is obviously distraught about this. He only found out about it very recently and has escaped for a few days.
“Zara regrets it and feels terrible. She knows it was a huge mistake and is extremely upset,” the insider continued to tell Mail Online.
The reports came after Sam’s sister Louise Thompson posted cryptic tweets about infidelity earlier this week.
She wrote to her 519,000 followers: “Cheaters always want you to be loyal while they’re being unfaithful,” leaving her fans and followers to believe this was directed at her own relationship with fiancé Ryan Libbey.
A few days later she added another post, which read: “Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair” followed by “I’m proud of my heart. It’s been played, stabbed, cheated, burned and broken… somehow still works.”