Sam Thompson will reunite with best friend Pete Wicks instead of girlfriend Zara McDermott when his time on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' comes to an end.

Pete Wicks with Sam Thompson

Pete Wicks with Sam Thompson

The former ‘Made In Chelsea’ star, 31, met Pete, 35, when they were both on the same series of 'Celebs Go Dating’, and after striking up a close friendship they have been inseparable ever since, even launching their own podcast 'Staying Relevant'.

'Love Island' beauty Zara - who was eliminated from this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing' on Week 6 - seemed to be the obvious choice to meet with Sam once his time in the jungle is over, but Pete has revealed it will be him waiting for his pal and the former 'TOWIE' cast member is flying out to Australia on Tuesday (28.11.23).

Appearing on the Hits Radio Breakfast show this morning with Fleur East, he said: “ITV wanted me to go because I need to protect Ant and Dec from Sam when he comes out otherwise there could be some sort of restraining order happening

“It wasn’t a competition with Zara - it was always going to be me! To be fair, Sam and I thought she’d still be in 'Strictly' because we didn’t realise how bad she was at dancing!"

Fleur then asked what Pete thought of Sam chanting “do it for Pete, do it for Pete" during the Locker Shocker Bush Tucker Trial.

He replied: "Zara messaged me and asked, ‘What is this about?!’ Obviously, she knows I’m the favourite and she’s used to it by now but I’m hoping he doesn’t do that in bed. That would be slightly weird..."

Host Fleur - who competed on the 2018 series of the ITV reality programme - also asked Pete if he was missing his mate, and the television heartthrob was quick to joke that he was really enjoying the “peace and quiet”.

Pete said: "Absolutely not! No, to be honest, weirdly, I actually am, and I didn’t think I would. The first week was lovely, I really chilled out and it was nice to have a bit of peace and quiet but now I don’t really know what to do with myself."