A recap of Maya Jama and Stormzy's relationship—from when they first dated to *those* reunion rumors

They're the will-they-won't-they couple fans can't help but root for—here's the 411 on Maya Jama and Stormzy...

Maya Jama and Stormzy posing together at the Elle Style Awards 2017 on February 13, 2017 in London, England./ in a pink and purple template
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What happened between Maya Jama and Stormzy? It's the question that's been on their fans' lips for the better half of this year and after Maya made her debut as Love Island's new host, we're all just desperate to know their history.

As Maya Jama's Love Island outfits caused all our jaws to drop, as she entered the villa for the first time—viewers raced to not only get the lowdown on where that black dress was from but also to search who (if anyone) Maya's boyfriend is.

Her love life initially hit the headlines in 2022 after rumors started swirling that she'd not only split from fiancé Ben Simmons but was potentially getting back together with Stormzy. In fact, The pair quickly became the talk of Twitter after the rapper dropped his new album This Is What I Mean, which he'd previously described as being heavily influenced by his past relationship with the TV presenter. 

And after hearing what appears to be a full-on love letter to her, fans are all saying the same thing on social media. So, on that note, let's take a look back at their relationship history.

When did Stormzy and Maya Jama get together?

Maya Jama and Stormzy first started seeing each other all the way back in 2015, though they didn't go public with their relationship until the following year. 

The pair were together for four years before announcing their break-up in 2019—although it wouldn't be a stretch to say that fans have been pining for a reunion ever since. 

Is Maya Jama in a relationship?

Following her split from her fiancé Ben Simmons, which was announced earlier in 2022, as far as we know she is currently single. 

In a recent interview with The Sunday Times (opens in new tab), ahead of her Love Island stint, Maya confirmed her single status saying: "I’m really, really single right now. Newly single. It’s only been a month, but it’s nice." 

Is Stormzy in a relationship?

Although he has been linked to model Yasmine Aisha Khalifa Holmgren since his split from Maya, as far as we know Stormzy is also currently single. 

Stormzy and Maya Jama posing together at the Glamour Women of The Year Awards 2017 at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 6, 2017 in London, England.

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Are Maya Jama and Stormzy back together? 

Alas, it seems the pair are not getting back together—despite Stormzy's recent album—as both parties appear to be single.  A rep for Maya also denied rumors that the couple had reconciled last month, telling Digital Spy that reports are "false" and that "Maya and Stormzy remain great friends."

However, ever since the release of his single Firebabe—which many believe is about Maya—fans just can't help but root for them to get back together. 

Despite Maya's reps' denial of the claims, Stormzy's emotional tracks prompted fans to share their pleas for the couple to get back together—like a modern-day Ross and Rachel—on Twitter as many were convinced most (if not all) of the rapper's latest songs are about her.

In fact, one fan felt the album was giving major Love Actually vibes, tweeting this very accurate meme: "Maya Jama listening to Stormzy’s new album this morning..."

Another agreed with: "Stormzy this whole album sounds like it’s about Maya Jama".

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Others have taken to the app to plead with the TV presenter to take Stormzy back, saying (opens in new tab): "Nah Maya Jama, please take Stormzy back, this album is soul destroying".

While another added: "If you think I'm going to listen to Stormzy beg Maya Jama to take him back for 1 hour straight, you are damn right I am."

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Which Stormzy song is about Maya Jama?

If you're yet to listen to the album for yourself to decipher which song is about Stormzy's former beau, there are actually a few different tracks that fans think seem to be about Maya, which we've run through below. 

Firebabe

First of all, many fans think 'Firebabe' is about Maya, mainly because she's a Leo which is—you guessed it—a fire sign. Fans also felt the actress Stormzy chose for the music video looked rather familiar...

He also references his previous song 'Lessons' in the verse: "Listenin’ to Lessons, that’s a lesson taught." If you need a reminder, he mentions Maya by name on that, saying his nephew keeps asking for his aunty Maya.

Fire + Water

'Fire + Water' is also thought to be about the star, with lyrics like: "I ain't spillin' all my truth to try and stress you with it, I was workin' on my flaws to try impress you with it, and you don't believe the growth but, yeah, I guess you're with it, right?"

One fan Tweeted in response to this particular song: "I’ve said it… I want Stormzy and Maya to get back together. We all make mistakes Fire + Water."

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Need You

'Need You' is another song that appears to reference their breakup, with Stormzy saying: "I heard in the news about the guy you’re dating, you see my new girl she’s fire...you don’t care much and I ain’t hating." Again, seemingly referencing her star sign.

Bad Blood

In 'Bad Blood' he appears to touch on why they broke up, saying: "Maybe if you came in with a lower guard, maybe if we got off to a slower start, we didn’t even grow apart, we just fell apart, that’s the saddest part and I had your heart, that’s the maddest part." Emotional stuff.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.