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Who is Maya Jama, the rumoured new Love Island host?

Evoke.ie logo Evoke.ie 01/10/2022 Evoke Staff

The rumour mill has been in overdrive after Laura Whitmore's shock exit as Love Island's host.

One name that is top of the bookie's odds is Maya Jama, who was rumoured to be stepping into the hot seat previously in August 2021.

27-year-old Maya has a massive following online and fans have been calling for her to take on the role for years.

But who exactly is Maya Jama and why is she the perfect choice to be Love Island's new host?

Maya Jama at the 'The Prince's Trust Gala' Hosted by Lionel Richie. Pic: REX © Provided by Evoke.ie Maya Jama at the 'The Prince's Trust Gala' Hosted by Lionel Richie. Pic: REX

Early life and career

Maya was always destined for stardom as she was named after the civil-rights activist and celebrated poet Maya Angelou as her mother read the famous poem, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, when she was pregnant.

At the age of 16, she moved from Bristol to London to pursue her dream where she landed a gig as a presenter for JumpOff.TV.

Much like the former Love Island host Laura, she rose to prominence with an MTV gig. She became the host of MTV Base show, The Wrap Up, before moving on to host MTV Essentials and MTV News.

During the 2014 World Cup, she hosted a travelogue called Copa 90's Maya's FIFA World Cup Cities.

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Big radio and TV gigs

She is also no stranger to the radio, starting her career on Rinse FM in 2014 hosting #DriveWithMaya before leaving in 2017.

In 2018, she joined BBC Radio 1 where she hosted the Friday and Saturday 10 am-1 pm shows before leaving in May 2020.

As for reality shows, she fronted Channel 4's The Circle alongside Alice Levine which saw singletons search for love in an unconventional way. She hosted MTV's True Love or True Lies.

Maya Jama at the 40th Brit Awards wearing Alonuko Pic: David Fisher/REX © Provided by Evoke.ie Maya Jama at the 40th Brit Awards wearing Alonuko Pic: David Fisher/REX

However, Love Island seems to be the goal for this star!

She joined Celebrity Juice as a regular panellist and she called it her 'dream come true' when Laura became team captain.

Maya also stepped in for Stacey Dooley as the new host of BBC Three's Glow Up more recently.

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Relationship with Stormzy

It's not just her professional life that she is famous for as Maya made headlines as Stormzy's girlfriend. They were together for over a year in secret, before going public in 2016.

The rapper dedicated his song Birthday Girl to Maya on her 22nd birthday and she appeared in several of his music videos.

Three years later the pair split in the summer of 2019 and there was certainly a fair share of buzz about their decision to end things.

Maya Jama and Stormzy Pic: Getty © Provided by Evoke.ie Maya Jama and Stormzy Pic: Getty

However, they officially stated that they ended their four-year relationship to 'focus on their careers'. Stormzy later released his single Lessons which he wrote about the breakup.

Engagement to a sports pro

In 2022 it was reported that Maya was engaged to Kendall Jenner's NBA player ex, Ben Simmons. She sparked suspicion when she shared a picture of herself wearing a diamond ring worth just under 1million on her engagement finger.

Maya Jama and Ben Simmons attend day 7 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 05, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) © Provided by Evoke.ie Maya Jama and Ben Simmons attend day 7 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 05, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

However in September it was reported that the couple had called time on their relationship as they come from 'two different worlds.'

While fans call for Maya to step into the Love Island role, there are some other strong contenders for the hosting post.

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