Maya Jama’s lookalike mother Sadie, 46, revealed: Love Island host, 28, says mum let her have carefree childhood but she’s BANNED from the star’s parties as ‘she gets too drunk’
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She has been announced as the new host of Love Island when the hit ITV2 show returns for a new winter series in 2023.
And one of the closest relationships in Maya Jama’s life is with her lookalike mother Sadie, 46, who gave birth to Maya when she was just 18 years old.
The TV presenter, 28, has occasionally shared snaps with her mum on social media where it’s clear to see the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
Family: One of the closest relationships in Maya Jama’s life is with her lookalike mother Sadie, 46, who gave birth to Maya when she was just 18 years old
The star has opened up about her relationship with her mum in the past, telling the Evening Standard: ‘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.”
The star also admitted that her mother has a wild side, saying: She’s banned from my parties though. She gets too drunk.’
In August 2020, Maya left fans amazed as she shared a jaw-dropping photo of her mother looking incredible in a bikini.
Stunning: The TV presenter, 28, has occasionally shared snaps with her mum on social media where it’s clear to see the apple didn’t fall far from the tree
The Celebrity Juice star stunned fans with a sizzling snap of her mother posing on a beach on her Instagram Stories.
Maya has been open in the past about her dad Hussein spending time in and out of jail from she was just two years old and her younger brother Omar was a baby.
She previously told how growing up without her father present was not something she ‘sat at home and cried about’ in an interview with Marie Claire.
The TV presenter’s dad spent much of her childhood in and out of prison for various sentences but Maya told how anything that seemed sad in her life, she would make a joke out of.
Proud parents: Back in 2018, Maya tweeted a snapshot of her mother Sadie and father Hussein
Candid: Maya admitted that her mother has a wild side, saying: She’s banned from my parties though. She gets too drunk’
She said: ‘Anything that seems tragic or could make people feel sorry for me, I make a joke out of. I guess it’s because I’m OK with it. I’ve accepted it and I don’t want you making me feel like you’re sorry for me.
‘If people said, ‘Where’s your dad?’ I’d say, ‘Oh, he’s in jail’ and I’d laugh about it. It wasn’t something I sat at home and cried about.’
Maya added that she enjoys a good relationship with her stepfather and is grateful she got to see a ‘loving relationship’ play out between him and her mother Sadie.
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.’
Honest: Maya has been open in the past about her dad Hussein spending time in and out of jail from she was just two years old and her younger brother Omar was a baby
Who is Maya Jama?
Maya Jama, 28, is a presenter of Somali and Swedish descent.
Her parents named her after poet Maya Angelou because her mother read the famous poem, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, during her pregnancy.
Maya grew up in Bristol, along with her brother Omar, but moved to London aged 16 to pursue her broadcasting career.
Her father was in prison for most of her childhood, for violence-related crimes such as pub brawls and fights – she stopped speaking to him aged 12 but remains incredibly close to her mother.
Maya’s parents named her after poet Maya Angelou because her mother read the famous poem, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, during her pregnancy
She set up her own YouTube channel as well as landing a gig as a presenter for JumpOff TV.
Her first big gig was as the host of MTV’s The Wrap Up, before moving on to host MTV Essentials and MTV News.
She co-presented Trending Live! on 4Music from 2015 until 2017, Cannonball on ITV in 2017, the MTV show True Love or True Lies in 2018, and the first series of The Circle with Alice Levine on Channel 4.
In November 2017, she became the youngest person, then aged 23, to co-host the MOBO Awards on Channel 5 with fellow presenter Marvin Humes.
She became the team captain on ITV2 rap panel show Don’t Hate the Playaz presented by Jordan Stephens.
Maya has enjoyed a successful radio presenting career. She hosted #DriveWithMaya on Rinse FM from 2014 to 2017, and co-presented Radio 1’s Greatest Hits and presented her own show, Maya Jama on BBC Radio 1 from 2018 to 2020.
In 2020, she announced she was leaving BBC Radio 1, a station she has hosted on for two years.
Like twins: Maya pictured with her lookalike mother
In an Instagram post, she said at the time: My loveess, I’ve made the very difficult decision not to continue my Radio 1 contract from June.
‘As you know I have been juggling & There are a lot of exciting commitments happening that would mean I’m not able to dedicate the time needed to my weekly radio show.
Maya famously dated rapper Stormzy in 2016. They split three years later but remain friends.(pictured in June 2018)
‘I’ve loved every moment of my time at Radio 1 and I would like to thank the team for their hard work and friendship during the last two years. It’s been a JOURNEY.’
In September 2021, it was announced that Jama would be the host of Simon Cowell’s new music competition gameshow Walk The Line.
As far as her personal life goes, Maya famously dated rapper Stormzy in 2016. They split three years later but remain friends.
Stormzy seemed to address rumours he had strayed in his subsequent music releases – with his song Lessons said to be about the heartbreaking split and lyrics confessing that he had ‘done the dirt’ on the TV star.
However, the award-winning musician later revealed he hadn’t been unfaithful throughout his relationship but instead, admitted to showing ‘disrespect’ to his famous ex.
In August, she split from her fiancé Ben Simmons six months after getting engaged, due to long-distance.
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