After a few months, she moved to Queen’s Park with a close family member who’d experienced a similar tragedy. “But she got this boyfriend who was a dealer, and he just kept her trapped…” The woman soon developed a crack and heroin addiction, and things Jama had left around the house started to go missing. . When I ask Maya Jama where she’d like to have lunch for this interview, she suggests Sexy Fish: the gilded Mayfair restaurant that’s usually home to The Pussycat Dolls and the Premier League, and where unapologetic opulence and Damien Hirst-designed mermaids set the scene for millionaire machismo and those who arrive in chauffeured Bentleys. “I would have loved a relationship with him but it doesn’t come naturally right now. I don’t notice it at all, I’m fine, I don’t feel any absence.’ But as an adult you think: ‘Mmm, maybe there are little signs of my behaviour that came from his actions?’ Like, the kind of man I look for is something so different to what my dad is. “I don’t want to get close to someone who will just fall back in the same pattern,” she says warily. “I woke up my mum and went to where it had happened, but they weren’t allowed to tell me anything because I wasn’t family. After all, she reflects, “I think part of my character has come from certain things happening to me that just made me realise life’s too short to give a shit… You just have to live it.”. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Speaking to Cosmopolitan UK, Maya revealed she was just 16 when Rico Gordon, 21, was caught in the crossfire between two gangs. In the tradition of the most successful mainstream presenters, Jama is prone to chatting in an exaggerated hyperbolic stream about things that are “amazing!”, “incredible!” and “so cute!” but she has a brilliant voice: husky, distinctive and naturally warm.
Jama is also unquestionably stunning. “But the feeling of entering a room where you don’t know anyone but you feel like everyone’s talking about you, that alone is…” Jama mugs a pained ‘aargh’. What started out as an unpaid internship soon evolved into a gig for football network Copa90 and, aged 19, Jama was sent to Brazil to cover the World Cup. “With him, I feel like it’s too little, too late in the saddest way,” she says.
When, through a family connection, the charity Football Beyond Borders discovers that Vogue is planning to photograph her, they ask if Davidia - She is disarmingly honest about everything, from her personal history to her physical maintenance - the perfect foil to the glossily primped celebrity culture that prevails in the digital age. Stormzy, she says, is “really good with it, because you can just do your music and disappear, you don’t have to go to events and do lots of public speaking, you let the music speak for itself”. She said: “I went through a lot. “It’s like, everyone’s relationship is so different and not everyone’s lovey-dovey and kissing every five minutes. Born in Bristol to a Swedish mother and Somali father, she spent most of her adolescent weekends visiting her father in the prisons where he served an endless string of short sentences; the years before he was sent away are coloured by vague memories of seeing her mother’s blood on the kitchen floor and “just knowing that something wasn’t right”. It was gonna come out, and it did. The 23-year-old TV and radio presenter admits that she couldn’t sing – “as much as I wish I could, being a popstar was completely out of it” – and after a string of auditions as a teenager, realised that acting wasn’t her bag because despite “almost making it on to Skins”, she was only ever playing “Extreme Maya or Angry Maya or whatever”.
“When you go through trauma, if you don’t have something to look forward to, that’s when you can get stuck in a rut.”, Maya, co-host of BBC One show Peter Crouch: Save our Summer, added: “I don’t let myself get wound up over smaller things because I know what it’s like to feel actual pain.”. By Bryony Jewell For Mailonline. When Davidia arrives, Jama showers her with attention, takes scores of Boomerangs, and sits her down for a half-hour chat.
I don’t feel like reaching out to him really, and I suppose it would be different if I saw him get a proper job and sort himself out.”, Jama, who is of Swedish-Somali heritage, has been watching her dad go in and out of prison her whole life. All his family were there. Does she worry about saying no to work, in case her moment passes? “And they do these champagne cocktails that get you mashed.”, I don’t think it would be possible to spend a day with Jama and not end it besotted. “We’re the same as a normal couple, it’s literally a normal relationship.
Instead, she would head up to London to go raving, which is where, aged 16, she met her first proper boyfriend, who was a few years older than her and “an actual dream”. “It’s amazing!” she says as she whirls into the offices of MTV in a bright orange dress, bright green jacket and new, bright blond hair, carrying a double delivery of fish and chips. “No, not at all”. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Tired from dancing, Jama went home early, leaving him in the pub with their friends. And it’s a complete headfuck,” she says through delicate mouthfuls of fish and chips. With my boyfriend passing, it gave me a fearless approach. But Jama had energy and “life goals” – and one by one, she has been ticking them off at such rapid speed that it makes her physically squeal, the human equivalent of the “omg skjhskjhlslhjk” text from a best friend with good news. “I don’t get too involved in it, I don’t really watch the news.” Being downbeat isn’t part of Jama’s brand, I suggest. “If you want to get the Maya look… just rip the shit out of your face,” she giggles to her 786,000 Instagram followers. She has ticked off presenting an ITV gameshow (Cannonball), serious Channel 5 documentaries, stints on daytime TV (Good Morning Britain; Loose Women), hosting the Mobos and landing her very own Radio 1 gig (in February, she started hosting the Saturday morning Greatest Hits show, and co-hosting Friday afternoons with Scott Mills). It hit me.”, Jama never returned home. After sliding into each other’s DMs, they first struck up a firm friendship - and, in many ways, the rest is history. She left home in Bristol at 16 to make it in London and after years of doing bits and pieces – a show on Rinse FM, a presenting gig on an unknown sports channel – “one of the ones that pop up when you go really far down the list” – work on MTV – the last year has been about mass exposure. Obsessed with the idea of “being on telly”, she would recruit them all to purchase tickets for her self-staged living-room performances and No Doubt dance recitals, while watching women such as June Sarpong and Jameela Jamil on T4 made her realise that girls like her had a place in mainstream media. “The thing I get asked most is, ‘How are you so yourself? GOT a story? At 23, Maya Jama is a Radio 1 DJ, TV host and, with Stormzy, half of a UK celebrity power couple. Maya’s world is what little girls dream of. TELLY host Maya Jama has told how the gun murder of her boyfriend spurred her on to future success in showbiz. Maya Jama is at the top of her game right now and it’s been a long time coming.
Two men were jailed for life for the murder of Londoner Rico who was visiting Maya in Bristol when he was killed. The rapper discussed his relationship and the UK election results during an interview about his new album on BBC Radio 1Xtra. “She’s real.”, Jama’s impact proves anything is possible. And maybe my independence and do-it-yourself vibe could come from him not being around.”, Still, Jama says she gets anxious, and Stormzy has spoken publicly about dealing with depression. “We thought we could be there for each other – and her intentions were really good,” she smiles.
I try to ignore what everyone has to say or write about it and move on.”, The couple have been together for three-and-a-half years and live in a townhouse in Chelsea. Jama laughs at the notion that the industry likes to bill them together as Britain’s baby Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Maya Jama: ‘I wanted to prove I’m not some girl they just found on Instagram’ Nosheen Iqbal At 23, Maya Jama is a Radio 1 DJ, TV host and, with Stormzy, half of a UK celebrity power couple. UK TV star Maya Jama chats with Liam Gallagher about his music. RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org, Strictly's Nicola Adams AXED from show after Katya catches coronavirus, The 4 mild symptoms of coronavirus you should not ignore, Heartbreaking tributes to 'little angel', 2, as man, 26, held for 'murder', UK Covid cases rise by 33,470 in biggest EVER jump, How to get £150 off your council tax bill due to coronavirus, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. At 12, she stopped seeing him, but, 10 years on, she hoped to meet him and discover why he behaved as he did, With Nick Grimshaw deciding to quit the flagship programme, we look back at the hosts who have shaped it, from Tony Blackburn to Sara Cox, The chart-topping grime rapper will publish his own book, Rise Up, with the new imprint, which will be ‘a platform for young writers’, Charmingly, he sounds like boys I grew up with.
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