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Pete Wicks has revealed he was Sam Thompson's shoulder to cry on during his painful public split from Zara McDermott.
The TOWIE and Celebs Go Dating star said he was there to support his close pal after the former Love Island babe confessed she had been unfaithful to her ex.
Zara told pals on Made In Chelsea how she repeatedly slept with another man during her stint on X Factor : Celebrity last year.
The lovers are reportedly now back together, but Pete has revealed how he stood by the Made In Chelsea star through his darkest days.
He told OK! magazine: "Sam is a really aggravating man. He's like the brother I never wanted. But he's one of the nicest, most genuine guys in the world, he's got a genuine heart and obviously it was a really tough time for him."
Sam Thompson and Pete Wicks are closer than ever
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Pete revealed he has been there for Sam through the heartbreak and admits he sees Sam as a "brother".
"I think listening is the most important thing if you're trying to be there for someone, it's just listening to people, letting them say whatever they need to say and get stuff off their chest," the reality star added.
He also said he talks to Sam "every day" and they did before the public split.
Sam and his girlfriend Zara McDermott
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Pete concluded: "He's a strong guy and the comeback is always bigger than the setback. Sam's my pal so whatever he decides to do with his relationship life, I support."
It comes after Zara hit the headlines in recent weeks after confessing she had cheated on Sam on the E4 reality show.
She admitted she slept with music boss Brahim Fouradi while she was filming for Simon Cowell's talent show in 2019, and made the tearful admission to her heartbroken boyfriend.
They are said to be back together
The sobbing star later tried to apologise to Sam and win him back by sharing old snaps of them together on her Instagram.
And it appears to have worked as he reportedly forgave Zara two weeks ago.
A source told MailOnline : "They are certainly back together again. This finally happened about two weeks ago now. He took her back."
It seems the couple are happy together again and are trying to move on from the past.
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