Sam Thompson thanks BFF Pete Wicks as he breaks silence amid claims Zara ...

It was revealed exclusively by MailOnline that he split from Zara McDermott last month after he discovered she cheated on him a year ago.

And Sam Thompson has finally broken his silence since his recent breakup as he thanked his close friend Pete Wicks for being there for him when he is 'down'.

The Made In Chelsea star, 28, shared a snap of himself looking dapper in a black suit as he used an app to make TOWIE star Pete, 31, appear several years older. 

Speaking out: Sam Thompson has finally broken his silence since his recent breakup from Zara McDermott as he thanked his close friend Pete Wicks for being there for him when he is 'down'

Speaking out: Sam Thompson has finally broken his silence since his recent breakup from Zara McDermott as he thanked his close friend Pete Wicks for being there for him when he is 'down'

Alongside the photo, Sam wrote: '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 ❤️ good to see I havnt aged you over the past 6 days.'

Meanwhile, Zara showed no signs of heartache as she uploaded a series of stunning selfies to her Instagram only an hour before Sam's post. 

Brave face: Meanwhile, Zara, 23, showed no signs of heartache as she uploaded a series of stunning selfies to her Instagram only an hour before Sam, 28

Brave face: Meanwhile, Zara, 23, showed no signs of heartache as she uploaded a series of stunning selfies to her Instagram only an hour before Sam, 28

Stunning: Zara shared a before and after set as she uploaded snaps of herself as she straightened her hair

Stunning: Zara shared a before and after set as she uploaded snaps of herself as she straightened her hair

The former Love Island star, 23, showcased her striking features as she posed in a white vest top after styling her blonde locks into loose waves.

Zara shared a before and after set as she uploaded another photo of herself wearing her tresses poker straight.

The reality star looked sensational as she donned an off the shoulder blue and white top with a sheer, ruffled detail.

Zara completed her look for the snap by donning a light pallet of makeup. 

Sam wrote: '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'

Sam wrote: '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'

It comes after the recently posed in a white bustier that she paired with matching underwear for a racy bathroom selfie.

Zara's bustier featured lace-up detailing at the front, while the ensemble showed off a generous glimpse of her cleavage.

Her underwear was cut high on her waist to accentuate her slender legs as she posed with her hand resting on a basin. 

The reality star styled her brunette locks into loose waves that cascaded over one shoulder, and she used a light palette of make-up for the occasion.

Wow! It comes after Zara sizzled in a white bustier and underwear as she put on a defiant display amid claims she 'CHEATED on Sam early in their romance'

Wow! It comes after Zara sizzled in a white bustier and underwear as she put on a defiant display amid claims she 'CHEATED on Sam early in their romance'

Ex-Factor! It was revealed exclusively by MailOnline that Sam had split from Zara last month after he discovered she cheated on him a year ago

Ex-Factor! It was revealed exclusively by MailOnline that Sam had split from Zara last month after he discovered she cheated on him a year ago

A source revealed the tryst took place between Zara and 'someone in the music industry' around the time she took part in X Factor: Celebrity.

The reality star appeared on the series last summer and autumn, as part of the Love Island pop group No Love Lost.

At this point, she had been in a relationship with Sam for several months – but it's said the Made In Chelsea star has only recently found out about the infidelity.

Love lost: A source revealed that the reported tryst took place between Zara and 'someone in the music industry' around the time she took part in X Factor: Celebrity in 2019 [pictured]

Love lost: A source revealed that the reported tryst took place between Zara and 'someone in the music industry' around the time she took part in X Factor: Celebrity in 2019 [pictured]

A source told MailOnline: '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.' 

Behind the scenes: She appeared on the series last summer into the autumn, as part of the Love Island pop group No Love Lost [pictured with bandmates Wes Nelson, Eyal Booker and Samira Mighty]

Behind the scenes: She appeared on the series last summer into the autumn, as part of the Love Island pop group No Love Lost [pictured with bandmates Wes Nelson, Eyal Booker and Samira Mighty]

The couple were an item for 16 months, with Zara joining Sam on his E4 show Made In Chelsea as a cast member.

On the show, she was seen declaring that she wants to marry and have children with Sam. She also moved in with him at the start of lockdown.

Zara reacted passionately when Sam's ex Tiffany Watson returned to the series this year, upset at the mere idea that Tiff was back on the scene.

The last episode to air this year – before the series was cut short thanks to the

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