Zara McDermott and Sam Thompson seen together for the first time since cheating scandal


Zara McDermott was reunited with her ex-boyfriend Sam Thompson to film the Made In Chelsea finale on Friday, as reports continue to swirl that the couple are back together.

Despite rumours of a rekindled romance, the atmosphere was tense as the pair met in a west London park, though Zara, 23, did manage to muster a smile as she chatted to her former beau.

Zara has been trying to win back ex Sam, 28, after she cheated on him with a colleague on The X Factor: Celebrity last year, but the star has insisted there’s no way back for their romance.

What’s going on? Zara McDermott, 23, was reunited with her ex-boyfriend Sam Thompson, 28, to film the Made In Chelsea finale on Friday, as reports swirl that they’re are back together

Zara wrapped up in a cosy checked jacket as she and Sam at either ends of a park bench in scenes that will air in the MIC finale later this year.

The reality star was in surprisingly good spirits as she chatted to her ex following their dramatic showdown as her infidelity was revealed earlier in the series.

While Zara and Sam have appeared on episodes of MIC to try and rebuild their fractured romance, this is the first time the former couple have been seen together since their split in September. 

Friendly? Despite rumours of a rekindled romance, the atmosphere was tense as the pair met in a west London park for a chat following Zara's attempts to win her ex back

Friendly? Despite rumours of a rekindled romance, the atmosphere was tense as the pair met in a west London park for a chat following Zara’s attempts to win her ex back

Friends or foes? Zara wrapped up in a cosy checked red jacket and a black woolly hat

Rumours: Her and Sam met in a west London park to film the final episode of MIC's current series

Friends or foes? Zara wrapped up in a cosy checked red jacket and a black woolly hat as she and Sam met in a West London park

Chatty? Despite the recent drama around their romance the pair appeared to be in good spirits as they chatted during filming

Chatty? Despite the recent drama around their romance the pair appeared to be in good spirits as they chatted during filming

Dramatic: Zara has been trying to win back her ex Sam after she cheated on him with a colleague on The X Factor: Celebrity last year

Dramatic: Zara has been trying to win back her ex Sam after she cheated on him with a colleague on The X Factor: Celebrity last year

Low-key: She cut a casual figure in the cosy red printed coat with chunky boots as she headed to the park to meet her ex

Low-key: She cut a casual figure in the cosy red printed coat with chunky boots as she headed to the park to meet her ex

Pensive: Despite a tumultuous end to their relationship, Zara managed a small smile

Low-key: She was seen sat at the far end of the bench, ensuring the show adhered to social distancing

Pensive: Despite a tumultuous end to their relationship, Zara managed a small smile as she and Sam chatted for the final episode of MIC’s current series

Zara and Sam recently sparked speculation that they’ve secretly reunited as reports claimed that ‘word amongst their inner circle was they are back together’. 

The former couple are said to have sparked further speculation after enjoying a Sunday roast with their friends, to which one person posted a picture of to social media this weekend before swiftly deleting.

The duo also appeared to be at the same gym with the same personal trainer on Wednesday as they shared updates to their Instagram Story at the same time, setting tongues wagging even further.

What's happening? Zara and Sam recently sparked speculation that they've secretly reunited as reports claimed that 'word amongst their inner circle was they are back together'

What’s happening? Zara and Sam recently sparked speculation that they’ve secretly reunited as reports claimed that ‘word amongst their inner circle was they are back together’

Claims: The former couple are said to have sparked speculation after enjoying dinner with their friends

Oops! The reunion was captured in an Instagram post that was swiftly deleted by their pal

Claims: The former couple are said to have sparked further speculation after enjoying a Sunday roast with their friends, in a post that was swiftly deleted by a pal

Questions: The duo also appeared to be at the same gym with the same personal trainer on Wednesday as they shared updates to their Instagram Story at the same time

Questions: The duo also appeared to be at the same gym with the same personal trainer on Wednesday as they shared updates to their Instagram Story at the same time

Oh dear! A source said: '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'

Oh dear! A source said: ‘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’

Bizarre: The insider added: 'The word amongst their inner circle is they're back together, but to the public it's a different story'

Bizarre: The insider added: ‘The word amongst their inner circle is they’re back together, but to the public it’s a different story’

It doesn't add up! Since then Zara appeared to add further fuel to the fire when she hinted she wouldn't be quitting MIC at the end of the current series

It doesn’t add up! Since then Zara appeared to add further fuel to the fire when she hinted she wouldn’t be quitting MIC at the end of the current series

A source told The Sun: ‘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.

‘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.’

MailOnline contacted both Zara and Sam’s representatives for comment at the time of publication.

Not really: The star later clarified on Friday she was still unsure whether she'd return to the show in 2021

Not really: The star later clarified on Friday she was still unsure whether she’d return to the show in 2021

Disastrous: Zara has been trying to win ex Sam back after she cheated on him with a colleague on Celebrity X Factor . Yet her efforts have thus far been thwarted at every turn

Disastrous: Zara has been trying to win ex Sam back after she cheated on him with a colleague on Celebrity X Factor . Yet her efforts have thus far been thwarted at every turn

Safety first: The reality star donned a face mask along with her casual look

Back to it: She arrived for another day of filming

Safety first: The reality star donned a face mask along with her casual look as she arrived for another day of filming

Disastrous: On Monday's episode of Made In Chelsea, Sam was visited by his pal Reza Amiri-Garroussi who came bearing a letter from Zara

Disastrous: On Monday’s episode of Made In Chelsea, Sam was visited by his pal Reza Amiri-Garroussi who came bearing a letter from Zara

Devastating: On the break up, Reza said: 'Got to say though after meeting her, I did feel bad for her. She's in a bad way. It's a s*** situation for everyone involved. But she really is upset. Legit'

Devastating: On the break up, Reza said: ‘Got to say though after meeting her, I did feel bad for her. She’s in a bad way. It’s a s*** situation for everyone involved. But she really is upset. Legit’

Since then Zara appeared to add further fuel to the fire when she hinted she wouldn’t be quitting MIC at the end of the current series, but later clarified she was still unsure whether she’d return to the show in 2021.

Zara has been trying to win ex Sam back after she cheated on him with a colleague on Celebrity X Factor. Yet her efforts have thus far been thwarted at every turn.

On Monday’s episode of Made In Chelsea, Sam was visited by his pal Reza Amiri-Garroussi who came bearing a letter from Zara.

Moving: Sam then broke down while reading out the letter from Zara which stated she was 'deeply ashamed' of her behavious

Moving: Sam then broke down while reading out the letter from Zara which stated she was ‘deeply ashamed’ of her behavious

No going back: Reza then told Zara that Sam is 'completely out,' despite her attempts and letter to win him back to which she started crying

No going back: Reza then told Zara that Sam is ‘completely out,’ despite her attempts and letter to win him back to which she started crying

Grovelling: Over the weekend, Zara shared an impassioned throwback post of her and Sam kissing, which read: 'I choose you. And I'll choose you over and over'

Grovelling: Over the weekend, Zara shared an impassioned throwback post of her and Sam kissing, which read: ‘I choose you. And I’ll choose you over and over’

Keeping quiet: Zara, who dated the MIC star for around a year, didn't tag Sam in the romantic photograph and he is yet to comment on her latest declaration of love

Keeping quiet: Zara, who dated the MIC star for around a year, didn’t tag Sam in the romantic photograph and he is yet to comment on her latest declaration of love

Turbulent: The former Love Island star still follows her ex on the photo-sharing app

Absent: Sam unfollowed her after the cheating allegations came to light

Turbulent: The former Love Island star still follows her ex on the photo-sharing app however Sam unfollowed her after the cheating allegations came to light

Cringe: The post comes after Sam mocked the moment Zara begged for his forgiveness on TV in a now-deleted video

Cringe: The post comes after Sam mocked the moment Zara begged for his forgiveness on TV in a now-deleted video

On the break up, Reza said: ‘Got to say though after meeting her, I did feel bad for her. She’s in a bad way. It’s a s*** situation for everyone involved. But she really is upset. Legit.’

Sam then broke down while reading out the letter from Zara, which read: ‘Dear Sam, since you’ve been away I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on a lot of things. I’ve reflected on my life and our life together and also the kind of life I want to live…

‘Before I continue with some of the things I need to say, I just want to tell you again I am sorry with my whole entire heart for what I did….

‘I’m so deeply ashamed of my actions and the way I hurt you. I was selfish, immature and stupid. There is no excuse.’

It was OK! Sam later apologised for causing any offence and insisted he asked Zara for her permission to share the post

It was OK! Sam later apologised for causing any offence and insisted he asked Zara for her permission to share the post

Hysterical: When she and Sam first came face-to-face on MIC following the cheating scandal, Zara broke down in tears as she begged him for forgiveness

Hysterical: When she and Sam first came face-to-face on MIC following the cheating scandal, Zara broke down in tears as she begged him for forgiveness

Over: It was first reported that Sam and Zara had split back in September, with it later surfacing she'd cheated on him during her time on The X Factor: Celebrity last year

Over: It was first reported that Sam and Zara had split back in September, with it later surfacing she’d cheated on him during her time on The X Factor: Celebrity last year

Done: Before the cheating scandal came to light it had been reported the couple split after arguing constantly during lockdown

Done: Before the cheating scandal came to light it had been reported the couple split after arguing constantly during lockdown

At odds? The pair engaged in another lengthy park bench chat after their dramatic showdown on MIC

At odds? The pair engaged in another lengthy park bench chat after their dramatic showdown on MIC

Are they back together? The pair recently sparked rumours they're secretly back together

Are they back together? The pair recently sparked rumours they’re secretly back together

Lovely: Zara cut a laid-back look as she perched on the park bench to speak to Sam

Lovely: Zara cut a laid-back look as she perched on the park bench to speak to Sam

Reza then told Zara that Sam is ‘completely out,’ despite her attempts and letter to win him back to which she started crying. 

Over the weekend, Zara shared an impassioned throwback post of her and Sam kissing, which read: ‘I choose you. And I’ll choose you over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you’. 

Zara, who dated the MIC star for around a year, didn’t tag Sam in the romantic photograph and he is yet to comment on her latest declaration of love.

The former Love Island star still follows her ex on the photo-sharing app however Sam unfollowed her after the cheating allegations came to light.

The post comes after Sam mocked the moment Zara begged for his forgiveness on TV in a now-deleted video, before later apologising for causing any offence and insisting he asked for her permission.  

Blockbuster: Zara and Sam's reunions means this year's Made In Chelsea finale is bound to be a nail-biter

Blockbuster: Zara and Sam’s reunions means this year’s Made In Chelsea finale is bound to be a nail-biter

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