Zara McDermott breaks down in tears as she explains why she hid cheating scandal from Sam Thompson

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Zara McDermott has tearfully explained why she kept her unfaithfulness away from ex boyfriend Sam Thompson.

In emotional Made in Chelsea scenes, which aired on Monday 19 October, Zara explained a mutual friend had exposed her cheating to Sam, which happened during her time on The X Factor: Celebrity last year.

Zara, 23, broke down in tears after Sam, 28, discovered she had been unfaithful earlier on in their romance.

In-between tears she told Jamie Laing and his girlfriend Sophie Habboo: “I did something really bad around a year ago. I slept with someone.”

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Strictly Come Dancing star Jamie asked: “When you were doing that singing stuff?”

Zara nodded and Jamie said: “Man, that’s not very sweet. Erm…”

She tearfully explained: “When it happened I genuinely thought that me and Sam were just, like, we were gonna break up inevitably. We were hanging on by a tiny thread and we were gonna break up.

“And then he turned around and he was like: ‘I actually really wanna make this work with you’ but…”

The blond McVities heir interrupted with: “From a guy’s point of view I just would not make any excuses.”

Love Island star Zara insisted: “I’m not at all, I’m not. I’m telling you why it’s only coming out now.”

Zara was then asked if she and Sam are still together to which she said: “Yeah, but I don’t think for much longer.”

Jamie then decided to take himself away as he said: “I’m probably not gonna be the best person in this situation because I’m obviously…”

Zara replied: “I’m not asking you…” And Sophie’s boyfriend insisted: “Yeah I know but I think I’ll probably make things worse and, of course my loyalties to Sam, so I probably will leave you to it.”

Reality star Zara tearfully then said: “I’m just so concerned as to why Jamie walks away.”

She later explained how the cheating scandal came out a year later as she revealed: “It was a mutual friend of mine and Sam’s who basically revealed what had happened. I told him everything and he just said: ‘Look I hope you appreciate I need some space.’”

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When asked what stopped her from telling him herself she admitted: “I couldn’t bring myself to break his heart like that.”

Zara then broke down in tears as she confessed: “I just thought I would rather it eat me alive and I would just have to live with what I’ve done that just ruin everything. We’ve come such a long way and the relationship we’re in now is almost like a brand new relationship to what we were a year ago.

“So to go back on something that happened in that time just felt like… I should of but I just couldn’t do it.”

As she continued to cry she added: “I just don’t know how he’s ever gonna be able to forgive me for what I’ve done.”

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