Sat. Apr 13th, 2024
alert-–-zara-mcdermott-is-forced-to-leave-strictly-come-dancing-rehearsals-early-as-she-faces-medical-emergencyAlert – Zara McDermott is forced to leave Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals early as she faces medical emergency

By Sean O’grady For

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Zara McDermott was forced to leave Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals early to accompany her boyfriend Sam Thompson to hospital over kidney concerns.

The former Love Island star, 26, is partnered with Graziano Di Prima on the current series and is hoping to avoid being in the bottom two for a third time this weekend.

But love comes first for Zara as the star left her practice time to be with Sam, 31, who feared he might have kidney disease.

Speaking to Pete Wicks on their podcast Staying Relevant, Sam said: ‘You came to me when I thought I was dying and you literally were there for me.’

‘Despite knowing there was nothing wrong with you,’ Pete replied. 

Scare: Zara McDermott was forced to leave Strictly rehearsals early to accompany her boyfriend Sam Thompson to hospital over kidney concerns (pictured with Graziano Di Prima) 

Show: The former Love Island star, 26, is partnered with Graziano Di Prima on the current series and is hoping to avoid being in the bottom two for a third time this weekend

Sam then revealed he got Zara to quit her Strictly rehearsals after thinking there was something seriously wrong with him.  

‘Do you wanna know something worse?’ Sam said. ‘I made Zara leave her Strictly training early to come and see me at the doctors and it was just for the guy to go, “Yeah, you’re fine”.’

It comes after Sam admitted he ‘could have done more’ for Zara after she narrowly avoided elimination for the second time.

After failing to impress with their Pasodoble in week three, the pair were back in the bottom two on Sunday evening – only to be saved at the expense of comedian Eddie Kadi and professional partner Karen Hauer. 

Sam revealed that he had been distracted by another priority during the week – but would come back ‘stronger’ to support her performance on Saturday. 

On his radio show, Hits UK with Sam Thompson, he shared with his listeners: ‘Zara was in the dance off again! It’s happening all too often and it’s very hard to take as a boyfriend because she comes back all deflated and she’s worked so hard.

‘I’ve got to be honest with you though I could have done a bit more! 

‘I was a bit distracted by the rugby, by the World Cup and I didn’t go as big with my usual efforts on Instagram but I’m going to come back stronger this week though! 

Couple: But love comes first for Zara as the star left her practice time to be with Sam, 31, who feared he might have kidney disease

Sam said: ‘I made Zara leave her Strictly training early to come and see me at the doctors and it was just for the guy to go, “Yeah, you’re fine”‘

‘We’re not going to go down without a fight baby!’

Sam wasn’t in the audience to support Zara on Saturday as she is only given two tickets and has her friends and family on a ‘rota system’. 

Zara and Graziano narrowly avoided elimination after scoring 28 for their American Smooth to LeeAnn Rimes’s Can’t Fight The Moonlight.  

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