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Zara McDermott brushes off flouting Tier 4 rules for Maldives break


She came under fire on Tuesday after it emerged she broke Tier 4 travel regulations by jetting off to the Maldives for a romantic New Year’s break with Sam Thompson. 

And Zara McDermott ignored the backlash as she took to Instagram on Tuesday night to answer a Q and A. 

The Love Island star, 24, gushed about her love for Sam, 28, and also discussed her career pre-Love Island working as a government advisor. 

Ignoring: Zara McDermott brushed off flouting Tier 4 rules for Maldives break as she discussed her previous government career and love for Sam Thompson in a Q and A on Tuesday night

Ignoring: Zara McDermott brushed off flouting Tier 4 rules for Maldives break as she discussed her previous government career and love for Sam Thompson in a Q and A on Tuesday night 

One follower asked Zara what her ‘favourite thing’ was about Sam. 

The Made In Chelsea star said ‘That’s a hard one’, before talking about her beau’s positive traits. 

‘I really admire his love of live, his work ethic, the pride he takes in bettering himself as a person and being the best version off himself (which inspires me a lot), his ability to make every situation (no matter how bad) into something positive.

‘He can also make people smile.’ Zara added Sam is ‘extremely clever’ and loves history. 

In love: The Love Island star, 24, gushed about her love for Sam, 28, and also discussed her career pre-Love Island working as a government advisor

In love: The Love Island star, 24, gushed about her love for Sam, 28, and also discussed her career pre-Love Island working as a government advisor

Smitten: One follower asked Zara what her 'favourite thing' was about Sam. The Made In Chelsea star said 'That's a hard one', before talking about her beau's good traits

Smitten: One follower asked Zara what her ‘favourite thing’ was about Sam. The Made In Chelsea star said ‘That’s a hard one’, before talking about her beau’s good traits

Government advisor: Another fan questioned the brunette beauty about her career in government before she found fame on Love Island

Important issues: Zara said she got the job back in 2015 and was put on a placement in the Department of Energy and Climate Chang

Government advisor: Another fan questioned the brunette beauty about her career in government before she found fame on Love Island

Another fan questioned the brunette beauty about her career in government before she found fame on Love Island. 

Zara said she got the job back in 2015 and was put on a placement in the Department of Energy and Climate Change. 

‘I worked in policy for a bit but I loved working in briefings and correspondence because it meant that if the Prime Minister or any Minister were to be asked a question on our specific team area, my job would be to work with the experts and draft a brief with their expertise, get it signed off by my bosses and then send up to the Minister’s office.’

Interest: Zara added she keeps up with politics and gets annoyed about people making 'bold political statements based on what they read in the media'

Interest: Zara added she keeps up with politics and gets annoyed about people making ‘bold political statements based on what they read in the media’

Zara described how she would be ‘running around the office’ because sometimes the deadlines were an hour. 

The television personality was also quizzed about her political stance but said when an election comes around she votes for who her views most align with ‘at that time’ and would never stick always voting for the same party. 

Despite her previous career in goverment, Zara broke Tier 4 travel regulations by jetting off to the Maldives for a romantic New Year’s break with Sam. 

The reality TV pair were spotted flying out of London last Sunday on December 27 – a week after rules came into place banning travel from Tier 4 areas on December 20. 

Zara has continued to share photos on her Instagram, marking her location as London, United Kingdom. 

Caught out?: Fans accused the Made In Chelsea couple of trying to disguise the fact they're abroad by altering timestamps and sharing prerecorded content on social media

Caught out?: Fans accused the Made In Chelsea couple of trying to disguise the fact they’re abroad by altering timestamps and sharing prerecorded content on social media 

Slip up?: Last Tuesday, Zara shared screenshots of messages she had received to her Instagram Stories, showing a different time zone before they changed to reflect the time in London

Slip up?: Last Tuesday, Zara shared screenshots of messages she had received to her Instagram Stories, showing a different time zone before they changed to reflect the time in London

Fans have accused the Made In Chelsea couple of disguising the fact they were abroad by altering timestamps and sharing pre-recorded content on social media.  

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A source told MailOnline Zara and Sam, who live together in west London, stayed at luxury resort Ayada Maldives, where they previously visited in December 2019.

On Monday night, Zara uploaded a photo of her to promote her new edit with fashion brand Missguided, tagging the location of the Instagram post, ‘London’. 

Fans of the couple became suspicious of their whereabouts last week, when eagle-eyed followers spotted something was off with Zara’s Instagram Stories. 

Last Tuesday, Zara shared an old video of her watching Sam on the PlayStation, urging other girlfriends of ‘gamers’ to respond with ways of irritating their partners as they compete. 

Zara then started to share screenshots of comments sent by her fans on her Instagram Stories – with one showing her local time to be 11:14pm, instead of just gone 7pm as it was in the UK. 

In a swiftly-deleted Instagram story, Zara posted a response from a fan, which read: ‘Accidentally unplug the TV whilst plugging the hoover in or just hoover in front of the TV’ alongside the comment: ‘This is a good one. “Babe I’m cleaning? Why are you complaining?”‘   

After viewers spotted her local time, the next interaction reflected the correct time in London.    

MailOnline has contacted Sam and Zara’s representatives for comment.  

Prior to their break-up, Zara and Sam had planned a luxurious trip to the Maldives in November alongside Sam’s sister Louise Thompson, 30, and her fiancé Ryan Libbey, 30.

The couple, who rekindled their relationship in December, missed out on the holiday, with Zara sharing a post longing to be on the idyllic getaway.  

'Meant to be in the Maldives right now but whatever': Prior to their breakup, Zara and Sam had planned a trip to the Maldives in November alongside Louise Thompson and Ryan Libbey

‘Meant to be in the Maldives right now but whatever’: Prior to their breakup, Zara and Sam had planned a trip to the Maldives in November alongside Louise Thompson and Ryan Libbey

At the point of Zara and Sam’s flight to the Maldives, London was under Tier 4 restrictions. 

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Travel abroad for leisure is banned under Tier 4 guidelines with exceptions only allowing reasons such as work, education and childcare.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to the Maldives.

Idyllic: Sam and Zara last holidayed together in the Maldives in December 2019, staying at luxury hotel Ayada (Zara pictured in the Maldives in Dec 2019)

Idyllic: Sam and Zara last holidayed together in the Maldives in December 2019, staying at luxury hotel Ayada (Zara pictured in the Maldives in Dec 2019) 

All travellers over the age of 11 must undertake an obligatory test for COVID-19 within 96 hours before departure. The traveller must show proof of a negative result before embarking.

In Tier 4, no household mixing is allowed, though one person can meet one other person outside in a public space, while all non-essential shops and businesses must close, including personal care and indoor entertainment.

Nobody can enter or leave Tier 4 areas and residents must not stay overnight away from home. 

While enjoying their holiday, the country has been plunged into a third lockdown, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirming the message from the government is to now ‘stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.’

TIER 4 RESTRICTIONS – WHAT ARE THE RULES? 

In Tier 4, no household mixing is allowed, though one person can meet one other person outside in a public space

You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas and New Year period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble

Nobody can enter or leave Tier 4 areas and residents must not stay overnight away from home 

You cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse

Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household  

All hospitality is closed, except for takeaways and deliveries, and accommodation and entertainment venues must shut 

Travel exceptions are only allowed for reasons such as work, education and childcare. Leisure travel abroad is not permitte



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