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Zara McDermott QUITS Made In Chelsea to focus on making ‘more documentaries’ after revenge porn show

Zara McDermott has confirmed she’s quit Made In Chelsea following a 16-month stint.

The former Love Island star, 24, was embroiled in drama with her on-off boyfriend Sam Thompson on the last series of the programme when she admitted to cheating on him with another man during her time on 2019’s X Factor: Celebrity. 

Declaring reality TV is ‘hard on the soul’, the model revealed she’s steering her focus towards making more documentaries after the release of her BBC revenge porn programme – based on her own horrific ordeal. 

‘No more reality TV for me!’ Zara McDermott has confirmed she’s quit Made In Chelsea following a 16-month stint

The influencer – who rose to fame on dating series Love Island in 2018 before starring on the E4 hit – told The Sun’s TV magazine: ‘I’ve left. Sam’s still in. No more reality TV, it’s hard on the soul.

‘I would like to do more documentaries. I’m bursting with ideas. I think I surprised myself – I was obviously nervous, a year ago. I enjoyed that gratification of helping people. That’s my goal for this year and next year.’

The media personality’s new documentary sheds light on her two experiences with revenge porn, after explicit images were taken and leaked when she was both 14 and 21.

Zara has been shooting the show for over a year and has been campaigning relentlessly to tighten laws on the crime of image-based sexual abuse, which is the sharing of private, sexual materials of another person without their consent. 

'I'm bursting with ideas': The former Love Island star, 24, revealed she's steering her focus towards making more documentaries after the release of her BBC revenge porn programme

‘I’m bursting with ideas’: The former Love Island star, 24, revealed she’s steering her focus towards making more documentaries after the release of her BBC revenge porn programme

On and off: The model was embroiled in drama with boyfriend Sam Thompson on the latest series when she admitted to cheating on him with another man (pictured in her debut in 2019)

On and off: The model was embroiled in drama with boyfriend Sam Thompson on the latest series when she admitted to cheating on him with another man (pictured in her debut in 2019)

Drawing parallels between making the film and her days as a government advisor, the blonde added: ‘I’d come home and feel like I’d helped someone. Every change you make was positive, and that’s something I’ve missed for a few years.’

The TV star insisted she’s now prioritising juggling her work on social media with her fashion career, working with charities and campaigning.  

Earlier this week, a source claimed the Essex native reportedly wishes she could be allowed to move on with her beau Sam, 28, without being continually reminded of her cheating betrayal. 

An insider  told OK! Magazine: ‘Zara hates when people bring up the past. She knows it’s hurtful for Sam too and just wishes people would let them move on.

First TV appearance: The influencer rose to fame on dating series Love Island in 2018 (pictured) before starring on the E4 hit

First TV appearance: The influencer rose to fame on dating series Love Island in 2018 (pictured) before starring on the E4 hit

Early beginnings: The blonde was involved in a love triangle with then-boyfriend Adam Collard and Rosie Williams during her time on the ITV2 show

Early beginnings: The blonde was involved in a love triangle with then-boyfriend Adam Collard and Rosie Williams during her time on the ITV2 show

Unfortunate: While their relationship breakdown was played out on Made In Chelsea (an emotional Sam pictured last year), the couple have appeared stronger than ever since

Unfortunate: While their relationship breakdown was played out on Made In Chelsea (an emotional Sam pictured last year), the couple have appeared stronger than ever since

‘Every time she sees a comment about the cheating, it makes her feel sad. It still hurts her to be labelled a cheat.’ 

While their relationship breakdown was played out on Made In Chelsea, the couple have appeared stronger than ever in recent months.

Former Celebs Go Dating star Dam previously told MailOnline how their brief split ‘humanised’ him. 

The younger brother of Louise Thompson said: ‘I believe in forgiveness. I understand the context – and I think in any walk of life you can’t move forward unless you forgive.

Ordeal: The media personality's new documentary sheds light on her two experiences with revenge porn, after explicit images were taken and leaked when she was both 14 and 21

Ordeal: The media personality’s new documentary sheds light on her two experiences with revenge porn, after explicit images were taken and leaked when she was both 14 and 21

‘Forgiveness allows you to heal. You can only heal when you forgive the other person and get over that. 

 ‘I would definitely say no matter what you should always try to forgive and you’ll feel better in yourself – it’s f***ing easier said than done but you’ve got to strive for that.’

Sam had ended their 16-month romance last August, leading Zara to share declarations of love in a bid to win him back. 

However in the series finale of the show, which aired last December, the hunk revealed he was willing to give things another go. 

Moving on: Former Celebs Go Dating star Sam gifted his partner a bouquet of flowers on Valentine's Day earlier this month

Moving on: Former Celebs Go Dating star Sam gifted his partner a bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day earlier this month


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