Ferne McCann has allegedly taken a swipe at Billie Faiers for giving her son the same name as her ex-boyfriend in a leaked voice note, but fans have flocked to her defence saying the alleged feud should be sorted privately.
The former TOWIE star, 32, hit headlines this week after she was accused of calling Billie’s sister Sam a ‘fat c***’ in a message leaked by a social media account.
And a third voice note, leaked to Instagram on Thursday, claims to be from Ferne talking about her best pal Billie, 32, deciding to call her son Arthur.
But fans have expressed sympathy with Ferne, saying they feel the apparent feud should be sorted in private and saying that ‘everyone has said things behind closed doors’.
Shocking: Ferne McCann has allegedly taken a swipe at her friend Billie Faiers for giving her son the same name as her ex-boyfriend in a leaked voice note
Billie shares her son Arthur and daughter Nelly with her husband Greg Shepherd, while they are currently expecting a third child together.
In a voice message, Ferne allegedly said it was ‘weird’ that Billie decided to call her son Arthur – the name of Ferne’s ex Arthur Collins, who she shares daughter Sunday with.
Arthur, 29, is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence after being found guilty of carrying out a brutal acid attack in 2017. Ferne has raised Sunday as a single parent.
The voice note says: ‘It feels so weird saying ‘Arthur’, I can’t believe, it’s like me having a little boy and calling him Greg, anyway, whatever.’
Row: A voice note, leaked to Instagram on Thursday, claims to be from Ferne talking about her best pal Billie, 32, deciding to call her son Arthur
Swipe: In a voice message, Ferne allegedly said it was ‘weird’ that Billie decided to call her son Arthur – the name of Ferne’s ex Arthur Collins, who she shares daughter Sunday with
However, many fans have flocked to Ferne’s defence, insisting everyone makes comments ‘behind closed doors’ and arguing that the row should be sorted in private.
Taking to social media, one fan said: ‘Always two sides to every story. You just never know what goes on behind closed doors. Fact.’
Another wrote: ‘I really disagree with this, however can’t it be sorted privately, I recon Ferne will be in a very bad place over this, as much as she has done wrong, two wrongs don’t make a right.’
While a third added: ‘It’s not nice what @fernemccann has said but come on!! We all say things behind closed doors.’
A fourth commented: ‘Ferne is being proper outed I do think it needs to be sorted in private!’
Support: However, many fans have flocked to Ferne’s defence, insisting everyone makes comments ‘behind closed doors’ and arguing that the row should be sorted in private
Just weeks before the row, Ferne went on a family holiday with her fiancé Lorri Haines, and Billie and her husband Greg and their two children.
MailOnline has contacted Ferne and Billie’s representatives for comment.
It comes after Billie’s sister Sam unfollowed Ferne on Instagram after the first voice note was leaked online.
The shocking row came to light earlier this week when a social media account leaked the messages and claimed they were sent by Ferne.
Family: Billie shares son Arthur and daughter Nelly with her husband Greg Shepherd, while they are currently expecting a third child together
Ex: Arthur, 29, is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence after being found guilty of carrying out a brutal acid attack in 2017. Ferne has raised daughter Sunday as a single parent
Friends are said to have rallied around both camps amid the furore, with insiders claiming that Ferne has gone into ‘panic mode’ over the drama.
A source close to Ferne said: ‘She is in a living nightmare and wants this to stop. People don’t know all the facts. All eyes are on what could come out next on this Instagram account.’
‘If those voice notes were made by Ferne then it is incredibly damaging. She is being seen as a bit toxic at the moment. No one can believe she would say such things.’
Sam’s sister Billie – who is close friends with Ferne – is said to have confronted Ferne over the shocking leaked audio recordings.
Pals: Just weeks before the row, Ferne went on a family holiday with her fiancé Lorri Haines, and Billie and her husband Greg and their two children
Awkward: It comes after Sam Faiers has unfollowed Ferne on Instagram after an alleged voice note of the First Time Mum star calling her a ‘fat c***’ was leaked online
Ferne is said to have denied that it is her voice on the messages but it has been reported that the phone conversation did not end well.
A second voice note has been released which is reportedly of Ferne branding Sam a ‘narcissistic b**ch’, which leaked on social media on Wednesday evening.
It came shortly after Ferne appeared to body shame her, describing her thighs as ‘so big’, in another recording.
Allegedly Ferne describing Sam, the voice note said: ‘Sort of girl that she is, she’s just a narcissistic b**ch, she honestly won’t care.’
Social media friends: Sam has unfollowed Ferne but Ferne is still following Sam
Cutting to a different message, the voice note says: ‘It’s an exact copy. It’s just so s**t on people who have worked so hard. Because she’s got a big following, it’s just ridiculous.’
The Instagram account wrote alongside the clip: ‘@FerneMcCann what a jealous bitter woman talking about your so called best friend @SamanthaFaiers who you have known for 20 years.
‘As a friend you should be supporting your friends not running to other friends and slating them.’
The voice messages were allegedly sent by Ferne on WhatsApp to a friend in June, just a month after Sam had given birth to her third baby, Edward.
‘Sam’s at a loss’: The voice message was allegedly sent by Ferne on WhatsApp to a friend in June, just a month after Sam had given birth to her third baby, Edward (pictured July 2019)
After the first clips were circulated online, Sam’s mother Suzie was so appalled by the message that she posted it on her Instagram page, which is accessible to her 270,000 followers, this morning.
Suzie wrote: ‘So, after a few days of hurt and upset I can no longer sit back and say nothing.
‘The vile voice note has been circulating social media, and now press articles are calling it a ‘feud’, which it is not.
‘Shocked’: After hearing the first clip, Sam’s mum Suzie posted a statement to her Instagram on Wednesday morning, saying: ‘Nobody should ever speak about their friends like this’
‘This has come as a complete shock to myself and my family. Ferne has always been a very close family friend to all of us for over the past 20 years.
‘It appears this voice note was sent just weeks after Samantha gave birth back in May. Since this voice note has surfaced more has been sent – very upsetting nasty things.
‘We are as shocked as you are! Nobody should ever speak about their friends like this ever!
‘My girls are my absolute everything and I’ll do anything to protect them. I don’t have anything else to say on the matter.’
A source told MailOnline: ‘Naturally Sam is incredibly hurt and upset by these comments, especially from someone she considered to be a good friend, she’s at a loss as to why Ferne has decided to speak out about her in such a derogatory way.’
Reality TV stars Ferne and Sam have been close friends and in each other’s lives for more than two decades.
Sam and Ferne’s relationship has been blighted in the past amid various fallouts – but they have always managed to make amends.
They feuded over their rival TV shows after Ferne landed First Time Mum following the success of Sam’s ITVBe series The Mummy Dairies.
‘Cherished memories’: Ferne shared a tribute to Sam on her 30th birthday in 2021, declaring her love for her on Instagram and sharing throwback pictures of them throughout the years
In 2018, Sam confirmed the pair had put their differences aside, saying: ‘To be honest over the last couple of years Ferne and I hadn’t seen eye to eye over on a number of things and sometimes as friends you do just drift apart.
‘I’m in Hertfordshire with my family and she’s doing her thing with her family. There was never a big argument, we just drifted apart but it was nice actually because at my sister’s bridal shower it was fine, and we were catching up on the babies and that’s it really.’
Sam, who gave birth to son Edward in May, is also a mum to Paul, six, and Rosie, four, who she shares with her long-term partner, Paul Knightley.
Protective: Suzie dismissed recent claims that Sam and Ferne were ‘feuding’ and said the past few days have been very ‘hurtful’ and ‘upsetting’ (Suzie pictured with daughters Sam and Billie)
Ferne is a mum to four-year-old Sunday from her relationship with Arthur Collins, who’s currently serving a 20-year prison sentence after being found guilty of an acid attack in 2017.
In the same year, it was reported that Sam advised Ferne to end her romance with Arthur and their friendship suffered as a result of his imprisonment.
She got engaged to fiancé Lorri Haines in July after a whirlwind seven-month romance, telling her followers on Instagram: ‘So happily ever afters do exist.’
Ferne’s representatives refused to comment when approached by MailOnline, but a source close to Ferne suggested that the partial recording, which was publicly released may have been edited or taken out of context.
Sam joined the cast of TOWIE as an original in 2010 while Ferne became a show regular three years later.
Fallout: Ferne is also close friends with Sam’s sister Billie but relations between the pair have turned sour following the shocking recording