Maya Jama opens up about split from Stormzy: ‘I’ve been through worse’

‘I’ve had a new lease of excitement,’ says broadcaster

Olivia Petter
Sunday 19 July 2020 14:27
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Maya Jama has spoken about her breakup with Stormzy, whom she split from last year, explaining that she felt “a new lease of excitement” afterwards.

Speaking on the TTYA Talks podcast, the 25-year-old said: “I was in a relationship for nearly five years and I’ve had a new lease of excitement.”

Jama added that she didn’t allow herself to dwell on the breakup.

“I don’t allow myself to be down in the dumps about things that are out of my control like my break up,” she explained.

“I’m one of those hard, nutty people — I’ve been through worse.”

It’s not the first time that the Bristol-born presenter has opened up about her relationship with Stormzy.

In February, she opened up about the public’s reaction to the split.

Speaking on the BBC’s “The Reality Tea” podcast, the broadcaster and DJ explained how she thought people treated her differently post-breakup because she was a woman.

Jama said: “I used to think that sexism was dying out, and then now and recently as well, especially, I’m like, it’s still so loud.

“A guy can do one thing and get one reaction and a girl can do something and be like the wicked witch of the world. [sic]

“You just have to rise above it a little bit and just take it as it is. And try and speak out as much as you can. Like hang on a minute, question your actions.

“And I think for men as well, just to be like, would I have the same reaction if she was a boy and had a willy maybe not.”

Jama added that she felt judged for her “excitable” personality on social media in the wake of the split, particularly by people who had only just started following her.

“So like they might have known who I was, but they didn’t actually watch my page,” she explained.

“And then they’ve just started following me and they’re like, ‘Rah like she’s super excitable and she’s super energetic despite going through this.’ And they’re like, ‘There’s no way someone could be like that and actually.’

“It’s like you’re not going to be satisfied until I’m in my Insta live crying with a glass of wine. Like you really want to see pain. Like I’m sorry, but you’re not going to get it from me.”

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