Pete Wicks says Sam Thompson’s new friendship ‘destroyed him’ and admits he was jealous of pal

Pete Wicks has shared that he was left feeling rather jealous as his best pal Sam Thompson made a number of new friends during his time in the I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! jungle.

While in the jungle, Sam formed 'bromances' with JLS star Marvin Humes and former boxer Tony Bellew, something Pete says left him feeling jealous.

Discussing Sam's new friendships on their Staying Relevant podcast, Pete said: "I said before you went away that I was most scared of you getting a bromance and leaving me behind.

"That started with Marvin – with the singing and the hugging. And then it completely and utterly destroyed me when Tony came in…"

After being crowned King of the Jungle, Sam was met on the bridge by Pete, recalling this, the former Made in Chelsea star said: "One of the first things Pete said to me was 'what's this about Marvin and Teddy T [Sam's nickname for Tony]?' It was at that moment I knew that Pete was jealous."

Following his I'm A Celeb win, Sam is thought to be in the middle of a bidding war that could see him and girlfriend Zara McDermott earn millions.

A showbiz insider told the Daily Star: "They know Sam is a star. The big bosses are all keeping a very close eye on what he does next because they see him as the next big thing.

"The wonderful thing about Sam is he is just unapologetically himself and that's what people love. He is set to become a very very rich man when he steps outside that jungle life. And not just him, his girlfriend Zara, is expected to do well too, with them seen as the new power couple.

"We know ITV are already working behind the scenes on what they could offer Sam in terms of work and contracts in the hope of signing him up long term, but the BBC will be keeping a close eye too. He is a set to become Britain's golden boy."

And it's thought that Sam could be eyed up by ITV as a potential new host for This Morning following the show's recent departures.

Body language expert Darren Stanton explained: "Sam Thompson would make a perfect addition to This Morning.

"Presenting and being on camera comes naturally to him and you get a sense he feels confident and comfortable doing it."

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