Both focused on their growing careers in television and the former Made in Chelsea and Love Island stars have had overlapping schedules since Zara, 26, signed up for Strictly in August.
Speaking about their time apart Sam, 31, who is confirmed to appear in this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, said: ‘Obviously it is a strain for anyone’s heartstrings.
‘I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to miss my girlfriend so much.
‘I already do miss her. But having said that, what an amazing experience.’
Life of reality: Sam Thompson admits conflicting schedules with his girlfriend Zara McDermott are a ‘strain on the heartstrings’ as the couple are set to spend another month apart (Sam pictured arriving in Australia for I’m A Celebrity)
Busy schedules: Both focused on their growing careers in television with the stars have had overlapping schedules since Zara, 26, signed up for Strictly in August
But Sam has now left their West London home for the Gold Coast and the couple will be apart again for another month.
The 31-year-old podcast host said: ‘The thing is, there was a potential for them overlapping. But as I said, what a wonderful problem to have.
‘I can’t speak to Zara, but I know she thinks the same thing. I can’t believe that we even had two rival shows.’
Sam is a fan favourite to win King of the Jungle this year and, equally, Zara was the bookies’ favourite to win the Glitterball this year before the show began – as rising stars in the industry they are continually booking gigs and could be television’s next presenting couple.
Laughing Sam said: ‘When they asked [me to go into the jungle] I did think, if Zara was still on Strictly would I be a bad boyfriend if I went – but then decided I had to!
‘As it turns out she’s tapping out of Strictly just as I’m tapping in. But because I thought she would still be doing Strictly, Pete’s [Wicks] coming with me!
‘I don’t know if I’m going to have a girlfriend at the end of it…’
Glitterati: Zara signed up for a four-month run on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing but she and her professional partner, Graziano Di Prim
Twinkle toes: Zara and Graziano were knocked out of Strictly during Halloween week
Zara has been trying to shed the Love Island pin-up image since she was on the series in 2018 but when asked what it was like to have a girlfriend that was considered a ‘pin-up’ by millions.
Sam said: ‘I was going to say having a girlfriend just in general is amazing. But I am not an idiot, Zara is an absolute stunner.
‘I look at her every day and I’m like, I can’t believe I’m with you.
‘Sometimes I wake up, I turn around and she’s real. I’m like, oh my god. So, it is pretty awesome.’
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