Maya Jama is one of the biggest stars around at the moment, killing it in the worlds of music, presenting, fashion, and even skincare. We already know a little about her personal life (namely her ex-beau Stormzy), but who are Maya Jama's parents and what is her family life like?
The 28-year-old is on the up and up career-wise, having recently won the much-coveted gig as host of Love Island following Laura Whitmore's depature—beginning with the Love Island Winter 2023 season. She's also hosted a range of TV and radio shows, including The Circle, and her own show on Radio 1. But with public success comes lots of public interest too—while we adore Maya Jama's red carpet looks (she literally never misses), there's been just as much talk over her Maya's boyfriend situation too (is she dating Stormzy again?!).
So it's no surprise that all of her adoring fans are a teensy bit curious to know more about her home and family life. So who are Maya Jama's parents? We've got all the details below...
Maya Jama's parents—who is Maya Jama's mum?
As far as we know, Maya Jama's mum is one of the closest people to her in her life.
Her mother's name is Sadie and she's 46 years young and of Swedish descent. She had Maya at the age of 18 and the pair are thought to be thick as thieves—with Maya occasionally posting pics of her on Instagram. She even confessed to the Evening Standard that she reckons smaller parent-daughter age-gap has brought them even closer over the years.
Maya explained, "She had me at 18, so our relationship was a bit different. I rebelled less because I was quite free.
"My mum's always been like, 'I want you to have your experiences—just tell me. I'm not going to judge you or shout at you.'' SO cool.
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However, she did admit that sometimes Sadie takes the 'cool mum' vibe a *bit* too far. She hilariously confessed, "She's banned from my parties though. She gets too drunk."
Reportedly, Maya's mum named her after the legendary American writer and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou—and what a great legacy that is!
Maya also has a younger brother too, Omar, who she was raised with, though he doesn't seem to have much of a public profile.
Who is Maya Jama's dad?
The host and presenter has had a trickier relationship with her dad Hussein, who she explains was in and out of prison when she was younger.
Maya (and her father) have been pretty open about his difficult past, sharing that he was incarcerated multiple times during her childhood, due to violence-based crimes.
In an interview with The Guardian (opens in new tab), she revealed that she stopped seeing her dad at the age of 12, and had no contact with him until recently. The pair reconnected when Maya fronted a documentary in 2017 about growing up with a violent father, meeting up in person for the first time in decades.
In the interview, Maya reflected on visiting her father in prison as a child. She said, "I remember me and my brother being put into the back of the car with a blanket for a long journey, and then we’d get searched by dogs on the way in and then talk to my dad across a table.
"There were sweets in the car, and it was a day out. It was only as I got older that I realised my friends’ families weren’t like mine, that they had dads who were around, not dads who were in prison."
Despite the difficult relationship, Maya has been keen to emphasise that she still had plenty of brilliant male role models growing up.
In an interview with Marie Claire, she said, "When I was 10, my mum met my stepfather and he is the loveliest man.
"So I got to see a loving relationship, which I think is what can affect young women growing up without a dad—not experiencing love first-hand and seeing how a healthy relationship should be. Dad wasn't around, but I had all the love I needed from elsewhere."
Speaking to The Guardian, she also revealed that she had lots of support from her dad's family, too, in his place.
"I never felt unloved; my childhood was as good as it could have been," she said. "There was no lack of love, and my dad’s brother was around so there was a male presence."
Amy Hunt is a lifestyle writer and editor, and was previously Lifestyle Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She is passionate about everything from entertainment to books, to homes, food and wellness. When she isn't editing, researching or writing articles, he's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware.
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