Sam and Billie Faiers have broken their online silence following former friend Ferne McCann telling James Argent why she made cruel comments about Sam.
Former TOWIE star Ferne, 32, couldn’t contain her emotions as she discussed her fallout with her best friend, 33, who she had known since her school years, after leaked voice note scandal.
In the series premiere of ITVBe’s First Time Mum, Ferne confessed she recorded the ‘hurtful’ messages because she was envious of Billie’s sister Sam, 32, at the time.
Since the emotional scenes aired on Wednesday evening, Sam has been silent on social media but has now returned to Instagram.
Posting a throwback snap, Sam said that she was living her best life with her friends as she posed alongside her friends – without Ferne.
Drama: Sam and Billie Faiers have broken their online silence following former friend Ferne McCann telling James Argent why she made cruel comments about Sam
Tough: Former TOWIE star Ferne, 32, couldn’t contain her emotions as she discussed her fallout with her best friend, 33, who she had known since her school years
Elsewhere, Billie also broke her social media silence as she took to Instagram to share a sweet family snap after Ferne’s admissions.
On the show, Ferne claimed to know who was behind the leak, which saw an anonymous Instagram account, called Lady Whistledown after the Bridgerton gossip sharer, post a series of voice messages from a woman they claimed was Ferne last year.
One heard a woman’s voice label one of acid attacker Arthur Collins ‘ victims a ‘silly b****’ while another saw Ferne accused of body-shaming Sam Faiers.
She said during the episode: ‘I’m so ashamed and embarrassed and I know the words are very hurtful. It was from a time when I was really hurting, and in a very vulnerable and bad place,’ she explained while sat reflecting in her car.
‘They were from about five years ago when me and Sam had a fall out. It’s very hard for me to talk about this because I don’t want to bring up the past. Would I say those things now? Absolutely not, but those I absolutely apologised for.
‘But now because of this hate campaign and this person that has held onto them for five years, to weaponise them against me, I’ve lost my… I’ve lost some of my best friends.
‘I’ve lost my whole relationship with Billie, and that really hurts.
‘She has been my best friend for so many years, and that plays into where I don’t feel whole, I feel really lost. Friendships are so important. And you say things where if you’re angry, or if you’re hurt, you say things.’
In a confessional, she told viewers that she knows exactly who leaked the voice notes, but alleged they had been edited ‘to removed their context’.
She said: ‘When I heard the voice notes, I immediately remembered who I’d sent them to but I believe they’ve since been edited to remove their context.
‘Why? Because I think that someone is trying to destroy me and to inflict as much damage into my life as possible. There’s only one person that I know would want to inflict this amount of pain and damage onto my life. They destroyed me.’
Old pals: Billie, Sam and Ferne (L-R) are picture during happier times in 2019
‘Living our best life’: Since the emotional scenes aired on Wednesday evening, Sam has been silent on social media but has now returned to Instagram
Adorable: Elsewhere, Billie also broke her social media silence as she took to Instagram to share a sweet family snap after Ferne’s admissions
Elsewhere, the influencer revealed she found the school run ‘traumatising’ following her leaked voice note scandal, but admitted it was her ‘purpose’ to get up every day.
She broke down in tears while confiding in her friend James Argent, 35, in the series premiere of her show.
In footage exclusively shared with MailOnline, Ferne confessed she was ‘mortified’ to drop her daughter Sunday, five, off at school in the morning.
Revealing she was filled with ‘anxiety’ and found it ‘traumatising’ to leave her house, she explained how an act of kindness from a fellow parent relieved her.
She said: ‘To be fair, thank God for the school run. I know it sounds so stupid, but having that consistency, like, every day was a purpose to get up because I had to for Sunday.
‘My only savior was being a parent to Sunday. Oh it was so bad… and also I’m so grateful to some of the school mums. I was so embarrassed to go on the school run, I was so mortified.
‘It was so traumatising just to get out the front door, get past the paps, the anxiety.
‘There was one school mum, who’s a good friend of mine, that called me in the car park and she was like, ‘I’m going to take her in for you,’ and I didn’t even have to get out of the car.
‘I think that it’s those moments that I’m just like… I’ll never, ever forget. I’m so incredibly grateful for the friendships I have got.’
Arg replied, ‘I remember when I was associated with addiction and stuff, like I was thinking, ‘Are people not gonna wanna be seen with me or they’re not gonna wanna be associated with me?”
Ferne said: ‘You have hit the nail on the head. I’m so paranoid. It’s weird. I don’t want people to be seen out with me.’
Happier times: In the series premiere of ITVBe’s First Time Mum, Ferne confessed she recorded the ‘hurtful’ messages because she was envious of Billie’s sister Sam, 32, at the time
Heartbroken: On the show, Ferne claimed to know who was behind the leak, which saw an anonymous Instagram account, called Lady Whistledown
Arg continued, ‘You know, I’ve made some terrible mistakes in the past and you never ever once turned your back on me. You was always there for me and supportive and I’ll be the same for, you know what I mean?
‘I know you’re not a bad person, Ferne. I know, listen, don’t get me wrong, those voice notes, they weren’t nice and it wasn’t the finest hour and I’m not condoning them, of course, but you’ve been such a good friend to me over the years.
‘I would really have struggled without you and I really love you and I believe in you and I know you can turn this around.’
Ferne concluded: ‘Yeah, that means so much to me.’
She broke down in tears again on Wednesday’s This Morning as she discussed her leaked voice notes scandal.
The pregnant reality star described it as her ‘lowest moment’ and admitted she has been in therapy since the incident.
Ferne, who is expecting her first child with fiancée Lorri Haine s, 31, said that she was a ‘different person now’ and that the infamous recordings happened six years ago when she was in a ‘vulnerable situation’.
The TV personality was shown a clip from her ITVBe show First Time Mum, which documented the breaking scandal and aftermath.
Struggling to watch, Ferne said: ‘I wear my heart on my sleeves and I like to be transparent with my viewers’.
‘I have to let the cameras and it really is warts and all. I can’t just not include the difficult times.’
Support: She broke down in tears while confiding in her friend James Argent, 35, in the series premiere of her show
She went on to describe the incident as not her ‘finest hour’ and revealed she had attempted to contact those hurt by the incident.
‘It wasn’t my finest hour, it was a difficult time of my life.’
‘I need to take this opportunity again to apologise publicly again, and I have reached out to those people, but it is a criminal investigation so I can’t say too much’.
She continued: ‘The voice notes were from a time when I was in a very vulnerable situation about six years ago, I have been in therapy for six years since, I am a different person’.
In a bid to find some positive in the sad situation Ferne said: ‘I know my story will be able to help a lot of women and until then unfortunately I can’t say too much.’