Wait, Are Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Back Together?

We can't keep up anymore.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Has there ever been a more complicated reality romance than Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott? Honestly, as the days go by, we are struggling to keep up with the Made In Chelsea pair. One day Zara is uploading heartfelt apologies to social media - and the next Sam is recreating their break-up for a paid Nando's advert. It is all truly wild.

And now, in news to shock absolutely no one, it's thought the pair could be giving their 16-month romance another shot. (In case you've been living under a rock, their relationship broke down earlier this summer after Zara admitted to cheating on Sam during her time on Celebrity X Factor.)

On Sunday, it's believed the pair went for a lunch out with friends - and that one of them uploaded a picture to Instagram, before swiftly deleting it. 'They were all having such a nice time that one got carried away and uploaded a post with Sam and Zara in it, forgetting that they're not officially together,' a source told The Sun. 'The friend soon realised their mistake and deleted the post before it drew too much attention. The word amongst their inner circle is they're back together, but to the public it's a different story.'

Though, to be honest, we might take that with a pinch of salt - as yesterday it was reported that Sam had followed his ex and 'first love', Tiff Watson, on Instagram. Something we reckon Zara wouldn't be too happy about.

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Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

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CREDIT: Instagram / Zara McDermott

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

Like all good modern romances, this one started online. Sam and Zara met through Instagram, with the former Love Islander sliding into Sam's DMs. Both Sam and Zara were fresh out of relationships, with Zara splitting from Love Island's Adam Collard and Sophie Habboo dumping Sam.

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CREDIT: Instagram / Zara McDermott

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

However, it was in May 2019 that Sam confirmed the two were an item. Though lots of people had already thought as much, with Zara leaving a few cute comments on Sam's Instagram pictures. Another massive giveaway were paparazzi pictures of the pair holding hands.

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CREDIT: Instagram / Zara McDermott

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

And then, a few months later in August, it was revealed Sam - who had dropped out of Made In Chelsea after splitting with Habbs - was returning to MIC to have a showdown with Jamie Laing who started dating his ex Habbs. It was all very dramatic. So far, so Chelsea. But it meant that Sam introduced Zara to the show - and she quickly became a regular. It fair to say she didn't get along too well with Sam's ex, Tiff Watson, either. (Remember when Sam accidentally told Tiff she was the best thing that ever happened to him?)

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CREDIT: Instagram / Zara McDermott

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

The couple continued to be very, very loved up on social media and our reality TV couple goals. And, get this, Sam even told Celebs Go Dating coach Paul C Brunson that he was ready to propose by the end of the year.

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CREDIT: Instagram / Zara McDermott

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

However, it all went wrong in September, with our hearts breaking when it was reported that the couple had called it quits. Then there were reports that Zara had cheated on Sam during her time on Celebrity X Factor with a music exec. She then admitted the whole thing on Instagram, writing: 'A huge mistake I made a year ago has recently come to light and I want to face this head on. I don't condone being unfaithful and I made a huge mistake at a time in my life where I was hugely selfish and immature. I believe I have learnt so much from my mistake. I want to apologise to my Sam for everything I have put him through, for the pain, the embarrassment, the anger and the hurt.'

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CREDIT: Instagram / Zara McDermott

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

Despite Sam not responding to the public apology, this didn't stop Zara from then posting a video montage on Instagram which she dedicated to the 'love of [her] life'. You can watch it here.

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CREDIT: Instagram / Zara McDermott

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

In October, the split finally aired on Made in Chelsea. At a lunch with Habbs, Jamie and Ruby Adler, the Love Island star Zara admitted she cheated on Sam during her time on Celebrity X Factor last year. The confession didn't go down well with Jamie, who then stormed out to show his loyalty to Sam (even though Jamie is kind of famous for cheating on his girlfriends - but whatever).Later in the episode, she begged him for forgiveness, in a scene where they were both sat on a park bench. (And while Zara sounded and looked very tearful, it didn't go unnoticed by fans that no tears were actually shed.) We also learn that she Zara didn't just cheat once either, as Sam called her 'seedy' for 'consistently shagging' behind his back. Yikes.After the airing, Zara posted one of those 'quotes against the sky' posts on her Instagram Stories, which read: 'Love wins, love always wins.'

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CREDIT: Channel 4

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

After the split aired, Sam also hinted who Zara cheated with. It's long been alleged that the man in question is music exec Brahim Fouradi, and taking to Twitter, Sam liked a tweet featuring a picture of Brahim with the caption: 'You lot mean to tell me she cheated on Sam with THIS nah guys I'm logging off . Zara your taking the ps. #MadeInChelsea.' Yikes.He also liked another tweet showing support for his ex. 'Yes, Zara made a mistake,' the tweet read. 'A big one. But damn — can we not pile on someone who's young and happens to be messing up in the public eye? Have we not learnt anything? Humans fuck up. That's what we do. Let her live in peace as she figures this shit out for herself.'

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CREDIT: Instagram / Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

It all got a bit messy (literally) when Sam mocked the split, by uploading an advert for Nando's where he dubbed the scenes from Made In Chelsea. It was hastily deleted, with Sam later saying Zara knew about the clip before it was uploaded.

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CREDIT: Instagram / Zara McDermott

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

Zara really confused her fans at the end of October by posting this image on Instagram, with the caption: "I choose you. And I'll choose you over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I'll keep choosing you." ❤ufe0f

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CREDIT: Channel 4

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

But on Made In Chelsea, Sam refused to take Zara back (again). He might have cried after reading a handwritten letter from the former Love Islander, but it seems Sam isn't going to forgive and forget anytime soon.

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CREDIT: Instagram / Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

If you, like us, hoped there would be a silver lining to this split, and Sam would appear on Celebs Go Dating for a third time, then we have bad news for you... The star has denied he is joining the agency again. Sob. We would have loved to see him back with Paul and Anna - it could have been third time lucky.

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CREDIT: Getty

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

Eagle eyed fans noticed that Sam recently followed ex, Tiff Watson on Instagram. Tiff is currently dating footballer Cameron McGeehan, and it's clear Sam and Tiff are nothing more than good friends.

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CREDIT: Getty

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

Then, on Made In Chelsea, we discovered the rumours that Sam and Zara had been hooking up during their break up were in fact true. But Sam still wasn't entirely sure whether he was going to be able to forgive and forget...

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Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

And finally, the pair are back together! Sam took Zara back during the final episode of Made In Chelsea (taking her to the park where they broke up, slightly awks).

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CREDIT: Instagram / Zara McDermott

Sam Thompson And Zara McDermott Relationship Timeline

You know what they say, there's no greater declaration of love than a tattoo! Posting on her Instagram story, Zara showed off an adorable moon and stars tattoo she got for her beau, writing: 'i love you more than the moon and the stars'.

READ MORE: Sam Thompson Follows Ex Tiffany Watson On Instagram After Zara McDermott Split

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