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Broadcaster and model Maya Jama has talked openly about her breakup with rapper Stormzy, and we’ve never heard anything so relatable about relationships.

For literally years, Maya Jama put up with being called “Stormzy’s girlfriend”. Despite being hugely successful in her own right, people put her boyfriend’s career before her own. 

“It happened to me once at the National Television Awards some girl came over to me and said ‘Stormzy’s girlfriend’ and I said, ‘My name is Maya’,” revealed Jama in 2018.

Now that the couple have split after four years, the presenter, model and influencer has spoken out about just how much the obsession with their relationship affected her. 

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In an interview with Evening Standard, Jama described how celebrity breakups are unrealistically portrayed in the media. 

“I used to read magazines when I was little and see all these Hollywood people break up and they didn’t feel like real people.,” she said.

“And then when you’re in that position, you’re like, oh shit, it’s very real. Everybody just sees it as entertainment. These things never last that long. People find something else to talk about.”

Maya Jama and Stormzy in 2017.
Maya Jama and Stormzy in 2017.

Jama also detailed the very relatable ways that that she dealt with the breakup. 

“I forgot how much I loved just literally being in a house with loads of my friends, eating, talking, drinking. I was like, I miss this a little bit. I’m having fun,’ she added.  

“I’m scared to date. I haven’t been single in so long, how the f**k do you flirt any more? I’ve been basically with my friends 24/ 7.”

She also said that she now lives on her own in a “Sex and the City inspired apartment” but “without the sex”. 

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Where do we sign up to be Jama’s best pal? Because these are some of the most relatable things we’ve heard a high profile person say about a breakup, right? 

It’s perhaps unsurprising, as Jama has spoken frankly about life before. 

Last year, she told Stylist that her greatest fear is “having lots of regrets. Looking back and wishing I’d done lots of things I haven’t. But so far I don’t have any”. 

She also revealed that she’s prefer to probably be “respected over liked. You might not like me but you’ve got to respect what I’m doing. You’re never going to be liked by everybody.”

While presenting an award at last year’s Stylist’s Remarkable Women Awards, Jama revealed the woman who she finds the most remarkable.

“Maya Angelou is the perfect example of an icon to me, a completely remarkable woman,” she said.

“She didn’t give up on what she believed in. She’s an inspirational dream. Women keep inspiring and keep growing and proving people wrong. 

“We keep showing we’re superhuman. I hope there are more women in important positions in the future, so our children can look up to absolute icons.”

We couldn’t agree more with what Jama says. 

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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