The hottest celeb break-up snaps as Maya Jama, Zara McDermott & Jesy Nelson prove they’re well and truly over their exes


SMILING in bikinis, sexy lingerie and glamorous outfits, these newly single celebs are certainly showing their exes what they’re missing.

Love Island star Zara McDermott put on a defiant display this week as she shared a sexy video clip on Instagram after splitting from Sam Thompson.

Zara McDermott beams in a white bikini after splitting from Sam Thompson

Showing off her gorgeous figure in a white bikini, the 23-year-old appeared to be in great spirits as she beamed, laughed and posed for the camera.

But she’s not the only star to have smiled through her split – with other celebs, including TV presenter Maya Jama, actress Vanessa Hudgens and Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson, also sharing glam post-break-up snaps.

Yet behind the pictures, divorce coach Sara Davison warns that celebrities are likely going through the same heartbreak and hurt that most of us do.

In fact, she says, their pain may be magnified because they are in the public eye, “with the pressure of their dirty laundry being aired for all to see”.

The 23-year-old Love Island star shows off her stunning figure on camera

Zara and Made In Chelsea’s Sam, 28, are pictured together before their split

Sara, also an author, tells Sun Online: “At the end of the day, celebrities feel the heartache and pain just as the rest of us do.

“We may only see the glossy images of them coping well or moving on quickly, but behind the scenes, the pain of a break-up is very real and keeps them awake at night too.”

Here, we look at the celebrities who have posted stunning post-split selfies:

Maya Jama

Split from: Stormzy

When: August 2019

Maya Jama shows Stormzy what he’s missing in a leopard-print bikini

 The couple, pictured together in 2017, called it quits last summer

Glamorous TV presenter Maya, now 26, called it quits with rapper Stormzy, 27, last summer after four years of dating.

And she wasted no time showing the grime artist what he was missing, sharing a sexy selfie in a leopard-print bikini.

In the snap, Maya can be seen sporting sunglasses and a gold necklace displaying the initial ‘M’ as she poses in a bedroom.

Jesy Nelson

Split from: Chris Hughes

When: April 2020

A then-newly single Jesy Nelson, 29, poses in a red bikini

The singer looks incredible in a white crop-top and camouflage trousers

Jesy and model Chris split during the coronavirus lockdown

Little Mix star Jesy, 29, and former Love Islander Chris, 27, split during the coronavirus lockdown after a 16-month relationship.

Just a day after news of their break-up emerged, Jesy shared a picture of herself on Instagram sporting a red bikini and a belly button piercing.

She captioned the sunny snap: “Caught a bit of ray today.”

The same day, the singer uploaded another image of herself – this time, dressed in a white crop-top, camouflage trousers and hoop earrings.

And fans were impressed with her red-hot images. “Stunner!” one commented, while another told Jesy: “Your look just killed me.”

Vanessa Hudgens

Split from: Austin Butler

When: January 2020

Vanessa Hudgens poses seductively in a pool in a black swimsuit

The High School Musical actress reveals a tattoo – and some side-boob – in a picture shared on Instagram shortly after her break-up

Vanessa and Austin, pictured together last year, dated for nearly nine years

High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, 31, dated actor Austin Butler for nearly nine years – but in January, it emerged the couple had split.

The shock news left their fans heartbroken.

Around 10 days later, Vanessa shared a picture of herself on Instagram revealing a tattoo – and side-boob- as part of the #ThirstyThursday trend.

The trend sees users post some of their sexiest photos.

Then, on Thursday, January 30, Vanessa posted an image showing her posing seductively in a pool while dressed in a black swimsuit.

Lucy Mecklenburgh

Split from: Louis Smith

When: February 2016

Ex-TOWIE star Lucy poses in red Boux Avenue lingerie and suspenders
Lucy and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith split in 2016

In the wake of her split from Olympic gymnast Louis Smith in 2016, Lucy Mecklenburgh showed she had other things on her mind.

Among the former TOWIE star’s Instagram pictures was a saucy selfie showing her posing in red Boux Avenue lingerie and suspenders.

The snap was part of her underwear campaign with the retailer.

“Red is my favourite colour & I absolutely adore this set!!” she wrote.

“Although I did learn that suspender belt straps should go under your knickers to clip on to your stockings. Clearly I’ve been doing it wrong!”

Lucy, 29, now has a baby son with fiancé Ryan Thomas.

Irina Shayk

Split from: Bradley Cooper

When: June 2019

Irina Shayk poses in a black swimsuit during a photo shoot in Iceland

She models a crop-top and skirt combo while surrounded by Versace bags

Irina and Bradley Cooper, pictured in March 2016, had been together for four years

Supermodel Irina and Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper saw their romance hit the skids last year, with Irina moving out of their LA mansion.

The couple, who share a daughter, had been together for four years. And in the wake of their split, Irina apparently found happiness in nature.

The stunning 34-year-old shared a picture of herself standing on a rock, wearing only a black swimsuit, during a photo shoot in Iceland.

Days later, she uploaded another sexy shot, surrounded by Versace bags.

Miley Cyrus

Split from: Liam Hemsworth

When: August 2019

Miley, 27, poses in front of mountains shortly after her split from Liam

The singer and actress revealed her heart was filled “with peace and hope”

Liam and Miley, seen in 2012, had a ten-year ‘on and off’ relationship

Superstar Miley, 27, and her actor husband Liam Hemsworth announced they were splitting up last August after six months of marriage.

But in an Instagram post the next day, Hannah Montana star Miley revealed her heart was filled “with peace and hope” as she holidayed abroad.

She also shared a series of snaps showing her standing in front of mountains in a crop-top – with her toned stomach and tattoos on show.

One fan remarked: “One of the hottest women I’ve ever seen.”

Sofia Richie

Split from: Scott Disick

When: May 2020

Model Sofia, 22, poses in a peach-coloured dress that shows off her long legs

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Sofia and then-boyfriend Scott Disick are pictured in California in February

Model Sofia, 22, put on a brave face after splitting with Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Scott Disick, 37, in May this year.

Taking to Instagram, she shared a string of sultry snaps, including one of her wearing a peach-coloured dress that showed off her long legs.

Another saw her in pale green shorts and a cute cardigan.

Heidi Klum

Split from: Vito Schnabel

When: September 2017

Mum-of-four Heidi poses naked in a message of strength to her fans

The German model had been dating Vito Schnabel for three years

When model and mum of four Heidi stripped down for a post-break-up picture, she did so to get across a message of strength to her fans.

Posting the naked snap on Instagram, the 47-year-old wrote: “My backbone made of steel and my heart made of gold #iwasnotbuilttobreak.”

The vulnerable shot, in October 2017, followed her split from Vito Schnabel, a 34-year-old art dealer whom she had been dating for three years.

Maura Higgins

Split from: Curtis Pritchard

When: March 2020

Love Islander Maura Higgins smiles in a chic white outfit from Boohoo

Maura and Curtis split up earlier this year, saying they “couldn’t make it work”

Love Island star Maura, 29, was all smiles and glam after breaking up with The Greatest Dancer’s Curtis Pritchard in March this year.

Just days after news of their split emerged, the Dancing on Ice star uploaded a picture of herself beaming in a chic white outfit from Boohoo.

She cryptically captioned the snap, “A strong women never gives up on herself, but she may give up on you”, followed by a white heart.

Maura and Curtis had been dating for eight months after leaving the famous Love Island villa together. They said it simply “wasn’t to be”.