MAYA Jama is set to become a household name after ITV confirmed she is the new host of Love Island.
The TV star has had several high-profile relationships during her time in the spotlight. Let’s take a look at them…
Who has Maya Jama dated?
Maya was in a relationship with NBA player Ben Simmons since the summer of 2021.
The pair confirmed the rumours that they were dating with a kiss during Wimbledon in July of the same year.
In January 2022, they announced their engagement, but sadly they called it off eight months later, with conflicting schedules being the reason.
Speaking to UK Times, a source said: “It’s been a difficult time for them. While they both care for each other so much, they truly gave it their all and realise that they just come from two different worlds.
“They now understand they don’t have the time they thought to dedicate to this relationship.
“After many long nights and hours of heartfelt talks, they finally realised as much as they love each other, their nonstop careers and endless travel have made it incredibly impossible to make it work.
“They had no idea the challenges they would face when handling all the logistics of making a life together in two countries.
“The source then told how Maya and Aussie sports star Ben’s sad conclusion was “one of the hardest decisions of their lives”.
Rumours surrounding Jama and international megastar Drake began when he name-dropped her in his feature on Headie One’s song Only You.
The superstar rapped: “Chubbs might jam this yute for a chain / And give it to a sweet one, called that Maya Jama”.
Following this, it was reported that Drake had allegedly messaged the star while she was in a relationship with Stormzy.
However, according to an insider, a hookup was never on the cards, saying: “Maya wasn’t going to entertain any form of contact.
“Even when she split with Stormzy it’s not something Maya wanted to pursue and she has left it.”
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One of Maya’s most famous relationships was the four years she spent with rapper Stormzy.
The pair began dating in 2016 when she was 20 years old.
Much to their fan’s surprise, the couple broke up in 2019 following rumours that Stormzy had cheated on Maya with singer Jorja Smith.
Stormzy has denied that this is true.
Fast forward three years after going their separate ways, the pair were both seen attending the GQ Men of the Year 2022 awards on November 16, prompting speculation that their romance could be back on.
However, reps for Maya have responded to the speculation, confirming to Digital Spy that reconciliation reports are “false”.
They added: “Maya and Stormzy remain great friends.”
Maya has been known to speak publicly about her boyfriend, Rico Gordon, who was sadly killed when she was 16 years old.
Rico was shot during a gun battle in Bristol in 2011 following the St Paul Carnival celebrations.
Maya discussed the trauma in an interview with Cosmopolitan, saying: “When I was 16 I went through a lot.
“With my boyfriend passing, it gave me a fearless approach to things. I felt like life was really short.”
She continued, “Out of everything that [has] happened in my life, that was a reality check on a massive scale.
At 16 you think the world is a fairytale and it took me out of that. It made me even more determined.”