Ferne McCann is pictured for the first time since ‘branding Sam Faiers a ‘fat c*** with big thighs’

Ferne McCann has been spotted for the first time since she was accused of allegedly branding former best friend Sam Faiers a ‘narcissistic b**ch’ and a ‘fat c*** with big thighs’.

The former TOWIE star, 32, was seen trying to keep a low-key profile as she left a gym in Essex on Wednesday, the same day the allegations came to light. 

Makeup free Ferne left the gym with her fiancé Lorri Haines. 

Stepping out: Ferne McCann has been pictured for the first time since allegedly ‘branding Sam Faiers a ‘narcissistic b**ch’ and a ‘fat c*** with big thighs’ in leaked recordings

'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, (left) had given birth to her third baby, Edward (pictured July 2019)

‘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, (left) had given birth to her third baby, Edward (pictured July 2019)

She was dressed in activewear, wearing navy leggings and a black sweater.  

Her boyfriend Lorrie flashed his leg tattoo in a T-shirt and gym shorts and appeared protective of Ferne. 

Ferne allegedly branded Sam Faiers a ‘narcissistic b**ch’ in a shocking audio clip which leaked on social media on Wednesday evening.

Low-key: The former TOWIE star, 32, was seen trying to keep a low-key profile as she left a gym in Essex on Wednesday

Low-key: The former TOWIE star, 32, was seen trying to keep a low-key profile as she left a gym in Essex on Wednesday

Support: Makeup free Ferne left the gym with her fiancé Lorri Haines

Protective: Her boyfriend Lorrie flashed his leg tattoo in a T-shirt and gym shorts and appeared protective of Ferne

Her support: Makeup free Ferne left the gym with her fiancé Lorri Haines

Making headlines: Ferne left the gym on Wednesday, the same day the allegations came to light

Making headlines: Ferne left the gym on Wednesday, the same day the allegations came to light

Casual: She was dressed in activewear, wearing navy leggings and a black sweater

Casual: She was dressed in activewear, wearing navy leggings and a black sweater

It came hours after Ferne, 32, was accused of branding her former TOWIE co-star a ‘fat c***’ before appearing to body shame her, describing her thighs as ‘so big’, in another recording.

Allegedly describing Sam, 31, Ferne said in the voice note: ‘Sort of girl that she is, she’s just a narcissistic b**ch, she honestly won’t care.’

Cutting to a different message, Ferne appeared to say: ‘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.’

Leaked note: Ferne allegedly branded Sam Faiers a ‘narcissistic b**ch’ in a shocking audio clip which leaked on social media on Wednesday evening

Scandal: Allegedly describing Sam, 31, Ferne said in the voice note: 'Sort of girl that she is, she's just a narcissistic b**ch, she honestly won't care'

Scandal: Allegedly describing Sam, 31, Ferne said in the voice note: ‘Sort of girl that she is, she’s just a narcissistic b**ch, she honestly won’t care’

The Instagram account wrote alongside the clip: ‘@FerneMcCann what a jealous bitter woman talking about your so called best friend @Samantha Faiers who you have known for 20 years.

‘As a friend you should be supporting your friends not running to other friends and slating them.’

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Ferne for comment. 

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. 

Voice clip: It comes hours after Ferne was accused of branding her former TOWIE co-star, 31, a 'fat c***' before appearing to body shame her (Sam pictured)

Voice clip: It comes hours after Ferne was accused of branding her former TOWIE co-star, 31, a ‘fat c***’ before appearing to body shame her (Sam pictured)

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'

‘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.’ 

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.

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 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

‘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

Throwback: In their TOWIE heyday Sam and Ferne would party at Essex haunt Sugar Hut and support each other through their dramatic storylines

Throwback: In their TOWIE heyday Sam and Ferne would party at Essex haunt Sugar Hut and support each other through their dramatic storylines 

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.

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‘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. 

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. 

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)

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)

Fallout: Ferne is also close friends with Sam's sister Billie but relations between the pair have turned sour following the shocking recording

Fallout: Ferne is also close friends with Sam’s sister Billie but relations between the pair have turned sour following the shocking recording 

Sam joined the cast of TOWIE as an original in 2010 while Ferne became a show regular three years later.

Ferne is currently starring on C4 series Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

During Sunday night’s episode she confessed to being known as a ‘b****’ during her time on TOWIE – but insisted she was different away from the cameras.

She said: ‘I think on TOWIE I was probably seen as the b**** but in real life that character is not aligned with who I am.

‘I don’t like confrontation. I find it very difficult.’

Moving on: Ferne, who's engaged to Lorri Haines, is a mum to Sunday from her relationship with Arthur Collins, who's serving a 20-year jail term for an acid attack in 2017

Moving on: Ferne, who’s engaged to Lorri Haines, is a mum to Sunday from her relationship with Arthur Collins, who’s serving a 20-year jail term for an acid attack in 2017

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