Sam Thompson admits that conflicting schedules with his girlfriend Zara McDermott are a ‘strain on the heartstrings’ as the couple are set to spend another month apart.

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)

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

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

Zara signed up for a four-month run on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing but she and her professional partner, Graziano Di Prima, were knocked out in Halloween Week last month.

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

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

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.’

I’m A Celebrity 2023: Meet the campmates

NIGEL FARAGE

NIGEL FARAGE

Claim to fame: Former leader of the UK Independence Party  and leader of the Brexit Party.

Phobias: Nobody likes rats, snakes and I am dreading anything to do with heights.

Biggest misconception you want to dispel?: I have been demonised over the years and so it will be nice to show people I am not nasty. 

Role in camp: Lead on starting up plenty of campfire discussions. 

Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp?: A pint in the pub and the news. 

Best & worst attributes: I hope to cheer people up when they are down. Worst? I am impatient and I do snore. 

Dream camper: As a controversial political media figure, I never name names… But I am looking forward to meeting interesting people from all different fields 

DANIELLE HAROLD

DANIELLE HAROLD

Claim to fame: EastEnders actress.

Phobias: Rats. I hate them! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I can be a little ditzy at times but I am definitely not a ‘dumb blonde’. I want to show I can do the trials, challenges and get stuck in. 

Role in camp: Shoulder to cry on, help others if they are feeling low in camp. 

Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: Snacking. I am a little muncher and I am going to miss my morning cup of tea, too! 

Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I will be good if people are really struggling. I am not, however, very good at being bored, nor am I a morning person either. 

Dream camper: Ed Sheeran. If he brings his guitar into camp, he can sing for us.

FRED SIRIEIX

FRED SIRIEIX

Claim to fame: First Dates star.

Phobias: I am scared of everything. I am dying to find out how vile the food will be! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I don’t think there is anything but I am looking forward to learning more about myself during my time in the camp. 

Role in camp: I will definitely muck in with all the jobs. I don’t mind cooking or cleaning the toilets. 

Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My bed. It’s super comfy. I will also miss a cup of coffee in the morning. 

Best & worst attributes: I like to have fun but I do snore and I am impatient! 

Dream camper: It’s going to be nice to meet everyone but I’d love to see Dolly Parton, The Rock or Snoop Dog in there.

NELLA ROSE

NELLA ROSE

Claim to fame: YouTuber and Catfish UK star. 

Phobias: I am fearful of everything! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle? I am a pretty open book. 

Role in camp: Keep the morale and humour high.

 Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My phone… I am always on it! 

Dream camper: Alison Hammond or Adele. 

NICK PICKARD

NICK PICKARD

Claim to fame: Hollyoaks star. 

Phobias: I am a bit scared of the dark. When you go to the House of Horrors at Halloween and things jump out at you, I am not very good when I can’t see! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: It will be nice to go in as me and not as my Hollyoaks character. 

Role in camp: Grafter or chef, I am quite good at cooking. But I’ve never cooked on a fire before. Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp: Football and my creature comforts. 

Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I am a nice person and a good team player. I am not lazy but I do have a few bad habits like picking my nose. My girlfriend has been trying to train me to stop! 

Dream camper: Sir Alex Ferguson or Neil Warnock. 

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS

Claim to fame: Zoey 101 and Sweet Magnolias star.

 Phobias: I am scared of everything.

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I think this is a nice chance to show who I really am.

Role in camp: Hopefully I will be the one who can support everyone. 

Aside from family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? A normal bathroom, air conditioning and my bed. 

Best & worst attributes: I think my best quality is it takes a lot to hurt my feelings; but I am impatient and my family would say I get in a bad mood a lot. 

Dream camper: Nicole Kidman, she is my favourite actress in the whole wide world, or Reece Witherspoon.

SAM THOMPSON

SAM THOMPSON

Claim to fame: Made In Chelsea star and radio presenter. 

Phobias: I am not a creepy crawly guy and I hate anyone or anything touching my neck. 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: Since the age of 21, I’ve spent my whole life on TV and so I feel whether people have a good or bad opinion of me, it’s probably warranted!

Role in camp: I’m a ‘yes’ man so cooking, cleaning I will do whatever they want me to do. 

Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: I know this sounds lame but gaming. 

Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I am the court jester and I don’t take things too seriously, so if anyone is having a bad day I would like to put a smile on their face. Worst? I am quite forgetful and I am bad at focusing on things. 

Dream camper: Stephen Fry. I think I would self-combust if he was going in the jungle! 

JOSIE GIBSON

JOSIE GIBSON

Claim to fame: This Morning presenter.

Phobias: Insects and I freeze every time I see a spider and I am not sure what I am going to do if I am in a trial with them! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I would like people to know I am very clever at knowing useless information! 

Role in camp: Mum. I am very motherly and I also love chatting to people. 

Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: Getting up to blow dry my hair and putting a bit of make-up on! 

Best & worst attributes: I am an optimist and I love meeting people from all walks of life. Worst? I can be quite nosey and I am worried about my temper if I am too hungry. 

Dream camper: Dawn French, I love her. 

MARVIN HUMES

MARVIN HUMES

Claim to fame: JLS star.

Phobias: Heights. I have pulled out of a skydive with JLS in the past because I was too scared! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: To show I am not just a member of a boy band. It will be nice for people to learn more about me. 

Role in camp: I’d like to think I will be a shoulder to cry on and a mediator. 

Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: My fantasy football app! I am obsessed with it! Four weeks without music is a long time, too. 

Best & worst attributes: I’ve got three children under the age of ten and you definitely need a lot of patience for that! Worst? Rochelle would probably say I get ‘hangry’ if I don’t have enough food. 

Dream camper: Paddy McGuinness – I’ve done Soccer Aid with him before and I know he’s funny, he gets stuck in and he is hands on.

GRACE DENT

GRACE DENT

Claim to fame: MasterChef star and food critic. 

Phobias: Horrible people. 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: People think I am quite forthright and scary but I don’t think I am scary! Hopefully people will see this. 

Role in camp: Shoulder to cry on and I am a practical cook so I can help out. 

Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My three cats and my make-up bag. I love a bit of glamour. 

Best & worst attributes: I would like to think I am funny! My worst quality is lack of sleep. I like my sleep. 

Dream camper: Queen Camilla. She would be very practical. And Madonna – she could perform tracks from her Greatest Hits tour! 

 

 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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