What's going on with Maya Jama and Stormzy? Inside their past relationship and *those* reunion rumors

Maya Jama and Stormzy have some *major* history

Maya Jama and Stormzy pictured in a two picture, pink and purple template. Maya wears a white dress and Stormzy a blue flower suit
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What happened between Maya Jama and Stormzy? It's the question that's been on their fans' lips for years, more so with Maya fronting yet another season of Love Island—not to mention those recent reconciliation rumors. Here's a full recap of their past relationship and everything that's happened since their split...

While Maya Jama's Love Island outfits caused our jaws to drop over and over again during season 9 of Love Island (we can't wait to see what season 10 has in store!), Maya's boyfriend sitch also got fans talking—especially in regards to her split from Ben Simmons and her famous former relationship with rapper, Stormzy.

In fact, Maya and Stormzy actually sparked reconciliation rumors back in 2022, with Stormzy sending fans into overdrive on Twitter after he 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. Since then though, despite Maya confirming she was single in January 2023, their relationship has been back in the headlines, with claims that they've been back in contact. 

So, on that note, let's take a look back at the Maya Jama/Stormzy relationship history and investigate which of Stormzy's tracks are supposedly about her...

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—and it wouldn't be a stretch to say that fans have been pining for a reunion ever since. 

It's not clear why the pair split exactly but at the time, rumors were swirling that the rapper had perhaps been unfaithful to his TV presenter girlfriend, causing their separation. However, Stormzy quickly dispelled those rumors during a YouTube interview at the beginning of 2020, saying, "Do you know what? I actually didn't cheat. I swear to God, I didn't cheat.

Maya Jama (L) and Stormzy attend the Elle Style Awards 2017 on February 13, 2017 in London, England.

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"So we had broken up and I was out publicly being a rapper, being very inconsiderate to the fact that I've just come out of the most public relationship. We'd broken up and I went out and I acted disrespectfully. 

"I was just out in clubs. I knew the world still thought I was in a relationship and I was out looking like I didn't give a f**k."

The couple's split proved to be a shock to their fans, given that the pair had, in 2018, bought a property together and that Stormzy had admitted he was keen to propose to his girl. Speaking to the Sunday Mirror at the time, he said, "I’m still so young but I want to propose, it’s going to happen and I will do it right. She is so sick, she is the best."

Following the release of his 2022 album 'This Is What I Mean,' Stormzy addressed their split again, in an interview with GQ, saying: "I think my break up with Maya was still really heavy on my heart. I’d never experienced a breakup and the feelings that come with a breakup. 

"And I never wanted to ever be in a position again where I felt what I was feeling. Because it showed me that I was a boy. And I do not want to go any further as a boy. I’ve seen how that manifests in other people. And I don’t want to be like that."

Are Maya Jama and Stormzy back together? 

WELL!  There has been some recent speculation that Maya and Stormzy might be back in contact. But before we get to that, let's take a deep dive into when these dating rumors first cropped up...

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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Speculation around the couple first began back in 2022,  after the release of Stormzy's 'This Is What I Mean' album, which is believed to have been influenced by his relationship with the TV presenter.

He also touched on their relationship in September 2022 in an interview with presenter and documentary maker, Louis Theroux.  At the time, Stormzy confirmed he was indeed single, before revealing that his split from Maya was one of the biggest losses he has ever experienced.

Speaking candidly, Stormzy shared, “It was like, okay, you made a mistake and you lose someone you loved, someone you cared for, someone who is special to you.

“That’s probably the biggest loss a man can have, isn’t it? Away from someone passing away, that’s the biggest loss you can have...I didn’t do what a man should do to fully appreciate love, and care for his woman.”

Maya also went on to debunk the romance rumors in January 2023, telling The Sunday Times, ahead of her first Love Island stint (one of Maya Jama's many TV shows): "I’m really, really single right now. Newly single. It’s only been a month, but it’s nice." Of course, referring to her previous engagement to NBA player, Ben Simmons.

A rep for Maya also denied rumors that the couple had reconciled in late 2022, telling  Digital Spy that reports are "false" and that "Maya and Stormzy remain great friends."


It seems, with the start of Love Island 2023 now just weeks away, rumors have once again started buzzing around the former couple. In fact, a source told the Sun on  Wednesday, May 10, 2023: "The truth is she’s actually back in regular contact with Stormzy and has been heading to his house to meet up away from the spotlight.

“She visited him a couple of times before her recent holiday to Thailand and it sounds as though they’ve really clicked again."

The source then also added: "The connection never went away. They’re both keen to tiptoe around it a bit rather than throw themselves into anything public but they’re enjoying being close again."

Now, of course, previous reports that the pair were back on proved to be way off base last time, so for now, we should assume that both Stormzy and Maya are single. 

Which Stormzy song is about Maya Jama?

From Stormzy's discography, there are actually a few songs that could be about Maya, especially from his latest album This Is What I Mean, which the rapper himself has revealed was heavily inspired by their past relationship.


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.

o, while the Maya Jama and Stormzy relationship still appears to be over—for those who can't help but hope that the pair might one day reconcile, perhaps it's worth a listen to Stormzy's most recent album!

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.