TOWIE's Sam Mucklow staged a FAKE engagement to Shelby Tribble
TOWIE’s Sam Mucklow EXCLUSIVE: Star staged a FAKE engagement to Shelby Tribble to ‘make ex Nicole Bass jealous’ as he QUITS the show
TOWIE star Sam Mucklow staged a fake engagement to girlfriend Shelby Tribble last night to ‘make his ex Nicole Bass jealous.’
Insiders told MailOnline that Sam wanted to upset Nicole on her birthday and ‘asked friends to congratulate him and Shelby to make the proposal look real.’
The 27-year-old has quit the reality show midway through the current series and stopped filming after returning home from Marbella.
Green with envy: TOWIE star Sam Mucklow staged a fake engagement to girlfriend Shelby Tribble last night to ‘make his ex Nicole Bass jealous’
Shelby, 26, has also left the ITVBe programme – with mutual pals of the pair saying Sam ‘put pressure on her to leave with him.’
A source exclusively told MailOnline: ‘Shelby and Sam aren’t really engaged.
‘They’re not even in the same country – he’s on holiday in Barbados with his family and Shelby is at home.
‘Sam was keen to make ex Nicole jealous on her birthday and ruin her weekend.
Masterplan: Insiders told MailOnline Sam wanted to upset Nicole on her birthday (pictured on Saturday) and ‘asked friends to congratulate him and Shelby to make the proposal look real
Moved on: But the masterplan didn’t appear to work as Nicole partied the night away with Yazmin Oukhellou and Georgia Harrison while celebrating her birthday on Saturday night
Cryptic: Sam, 27, took to Instagram to share a loved-up snap of himself kissing Shelby as he captioned it: ‘Who’s coming to the wedding then?’ followed by a bride and groom emoji
Congratulations: Fellow TOWIE stars Liam Gatsby, Courtney Green and Chloe Meadows commented on the post with their well wishes
‘He wanted the proposal to look real so text several of his famous friends to comment congratulations on his post.
‘Sam decided to leave the show after filming in Marbella ended. He put pressure on Shelby to quit with him so she terminated her contract too.
‘Her friends on TOWIE are upset to see her leave and believe she will regret her decision.’
Sam and Nicole parted ways in September 2018, after just six months of dating.
A spokeswoman for TOWIE confirmed Sam would not return to TOWIE this series, they said: ‘We have mutually agreed with Sam that he won’t return to filming this series as he is busy pursuing his other business ventures.’
Quit: The 27-year-old has quit the reality show midway through the current series and stopped filming after returning home from Marbella (pictured last month)
Glamorous: Fellow reality star Nicole has moved on since her split from Sam
Sam posted a photo of him and Shelby kissing on Saturday with the caption: ‘Who’s coming to the wedding then?’
Fellow TOWIE stars Liam Gatsby, Courtney Green and Tommy Mallet commented on the post with their well wishes.
But fans were quick to point out that Sam’s pretend proposal came on the same day as ex-girlfriend and former co-star Nicole Bass’ birthday.
A spokesperson for Nicole said: ‘Nicole hasn’t spoken to Sam in months and she knew nothing of his and Shelby’s engagement until notified by MailOnline.
‘She wishes Sam and Shelby all the best in the future – whether that’s together or apart.’
Shelby and Sam were first pictured getting cosy in October 2018, with the two having a casual fling.
In May, the brunette beauty embarked in a relationship with Sam – mere weeks after calling it quits during an explosive row, which saw him call her a ‘s**g’.
All over: In September 2018, Sam and Nicole split after just six months of dating
Back in August Shelby told MailOnline that she is planning a blissful future with Sam, with marriage and babies on the cards.
She said: ‘For me personally we think about having babies, marriage. He’s got so many qualities that I love in a man and I know that he will make a great partner and dad because of how he is with me.
‘He has so much to offer his work ethic, he works hard, he makes me laugh, caring and supportive.
‘To me he’s an amazing man so why would I not see myself marrying and having kids with him. I really, really love him so of course that is the future. We want to get married and have kids. I definitely see that. I love him so so much.’
Cosy: Shelby and Sam were first pictured getting cosy in October 2018, with the two going on to embark in a turbulent on-off romance (pictured over the summer)
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