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Sam Faiers cradles her sister Billie’s bump as feud with Ferne McCann comes to light 

Sam Faiers is set to return to screens during Wednesday’s episode of The Family Diaries, after her huge feud with pal Ferne McCann came to light.

First look snaps from the upcoming episode show the reality star sweetly cradling her sister Billie’s bump as she attends her clothing launch, just weeks after giving birth to her baby son Edward.

On Wednesday, MailOnline revealed that Ferne has been accused of branding her pal a ‘fat c***’ in a leaked audio, with Sam’s mother Suzie Wells being so appalled by the recording, she has since posted it on her Instagram. 

FIRST LOOK: Sam Faiers is set to return to screens during Wednesday’s episode of The Family Diaries, after her huge feud with pal Ferne McCann came to light

In the upcoming episode of The Family Diaries, Sam proudly embraces her sister Billie before cradling her bump, as she awaits the birth of her third child with her husband Greg Shepherd.

The family celebrated the unveiling of Billie’s latest clothing range, a much happier time before her feud with Ferne came to light

In the shocking audio Ferne, 32, appears to brand Sam a ‘fat c**t’ and body-shame her, describing her thighs as ‘so big.’ 

On soon: First look snaps from the upcoming episode show the reality star joining her loved ones for Billie's fashion launch

On soon: First look snaps from the upcoming episode show the reality star joining her loved ones for Billie’s fashion launch

'Shocking': Ferne McCann's close friendship with Sam Faiers is in tatters after Ferne was apparently heard referring to former TOWIE co-star as a 'fat c***' in a leaked recording, MailOnline can reveal

Shocking: On Wednesday, MailOnline revealed that Ferne has been accused of branding her pal a ‘fat c***’ in a leaked audio

Happier times! In the upcoming episode, Sam supports her pregnant sister Billie at the launch of her latest collaboration with George at ASDA

Happier times! In the upcoming episode, Sam supports her pregnant sister Billie at the launch of her latest collaboration with George at ASDA

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. 

Sam’s mum 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.

‘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.

Siblings! The two sisters pose up a storm together, with Billie showcasing her bump after announcing she is expecting her third child

Siblings! The two sisters pose up a storm together, with Billie showcasing her bump after announcing she is expecting her third child

So sweet! Billie also gets to meet her new baby nephew Edward, as Sam gave birth to her third child just weeks earlier

So sweet! Billie also gets to meet her new baby nephew Edward, as Sam gave birth to her third child just weeks earlier

‘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.’ 

Drama! The family celebrated the unveiling of Billie's latest clothing range, a much happier time before Sam's feud with Ferne came to light

Drama! The family celebrated the unveiling of Billie’s latest clothing range, a much happier time before Sam’s feud with Ferne came to light

At odds: 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

At odds: 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

Sam unfollowed and blocked Ferne on Instagram after hearing the message, which in full said: ‘Sam Faiers is a fat c***, her thighs are so big, and I looked really skinny today and um yeah.’ 

Reality TV stars Ferne and Sam have been close friends and in each other’s lives for more than two decades.

In their TOWIE heyday the pair would party at Essex haunt Sugar Hut and support each other through their dramatic storylines, including when Sam split from on-off boyfriend Joey Essex.

'Shocked': Sam's mum Suzie posted the audio recording and statement to her Instagram on Wednesday morning, saying 'nobody should ever speak about their friends like this'

‘Shocked’: Sam’s mum Suzie posted the audio recording and statement to her Instagram on Wednesday morning, saying ‘nobody should ever speak about their friends like this’

They have celebrated milestone birthdays together, the arrivals of their children, and Ferne is also a close friend of Sam’s sister Billie, 32, attending her hen do, wedding, and baby showers.

Ferne shared an emotional tribute to Sam on her 30th birthday in 2021, declaring her love for her former co-star on Instagram.

She said: ‘Wow it’s been emotional looking back at all of these pictures. So many laughs, parties, and special memories made. You my darling have given me so many memories that I will cherish forever.’

Ferne even sang at Billie’s 2019 wedding in the Maldives, with the reality star saying the surprise performance from her best friend was a moment she will never forget. 

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 Diaries.

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.

'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

‘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

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