Sam Thompson credits Pete Wicks for helping him through ‘hardest times’ after Zara split

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Sam Thompson has credited Pete Wicks for helping him through the “hardest times” following his emotional split from Zara McDermott.

The Made in Chelsea star, 27, said best pal Pete has been "a shoulder to lean on in my hardest times".

Taking to his Instagram Stories to send the TOWIE star, 32, some birthday wishes, Sam wrote: “Happy birthday @p_wicks01 I can’t tell you how much appreciate and respect you.

"You have been a shoulder to lean on in my hardest times and the person I’ve laughed with most (about)”.

He continued: “Thank you for putting up with me. You are the brother that I never had. I love you sir”.

Sam concluded his birthday post by poking fun at Pete, saying: “35 isn’t too old. Here’s to many more years of brotherhood and bestmatemanship. If you’ll have it”.

Former Celebrity Big Brother star Sam also shared a snap of the pair together in sunnier times.

Sam’s post comes after Pete shared his thoughts on Zara’s hopes to get back together with Sam following the Love Island star’s public tributes to him on Instagram.

When asked if he thinks Zara and Sam will reignite their romance, Pete old OK! online: “Listen, it’s not my place to say and I think it’s down to them whatever they do, like anyone of my mates I would support whatever he decides to do.

“But, you know, her hinting… I wouldn’t read too much into that.”

Zara’s latest post saw her share a picture of herself and Sam kissing 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.”

The Made in Chelsea star ended the post with a love heart emoji.

Opening up about how Sam is doing following their break-up, Pete added: “Do you know what, what people are watching the show now is stuff that has been filmed a while ago.

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“He’s alright, I speak to him a fair bit and he’ll bounce back like everyone does. “He’s had a rough couple of months but you live and learn and you move forward.”

Sam and Zara split earlier this year after it was revealed she cheated on him during her time on The X Factor: Celebrity.

Their emotional break-up has been playing out on the E4 show, with Zara breaking down on Monday 2 November's episode as she learned Sam didn't want to get back together, after she gave him a letter.

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