Zara McDermott won't return to Made in Chelsea

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Zara McDermott has quit Made in Chelsea and reality TV altogether.

The star found fame on the 2018 series of Love Island and went on to join Made in Chelsea between 2019 and 2020, during which she hit headlines for cheating on her boyfriend Sam Thompson while making The X Factor: Celebrity.

During an interview with The Sun, Zara revealed she has turned her back on reality TV to focus on producing and presenting other types of programming.

"I've definitely quit doing reality TV. I stopped doing reality around a year ago," she stated. "I have closed that chapter of my life. I did it for three years and now it's time for the next chapter of my life. I won't be going back to Made in Chelsea."

The 24-year-old explained that she struggled with the online abuse she received during her time on the shows and turned to therapy to cope with the trolls.

"I have loved doing reality TV and don't regret any of it. I just hated all the trolling. It is also hard because you have to relive things so many times," she confessed. "You go through it in real life, and then you have to keep reliving it on camera. Then you have to relive it all over again when it's on TV and everyone has an opinion. Facing the public backlash is awful.

"I have had death threats. People saying they know where my family lives and threatening them too. It's disgusting and scary. It is weird how hardened you have to become to it."

Zara presented two documentaries for BBC Three called Revenge Porn and Uncovering Rape Culture this year and will also present the channel's upcoming dating show Love In The Flesh. She told The Sun that she wants to study to become a producer next year so she can help develop projects as well.

She is back together with Sam, who is still on Made in Chelsea.

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