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UK TV Star Maya Jama Call it Quits with Ben Simmons, Ending a Seven-Month Engagement

Popular UK TV presenter Maya Jama has reportedly split from her fiance, pro basketballer Ben Simmons, after a year of dating. It has been reported that the news of their breakup comes after the 27-year-old TV presenter had to frequently travel back and forth to America where Ben plays basketball for the Brooklyn Nets. However, he is yet to make his debut for the team.

Nothing Is Permanent…

They say, nothing is permanent, not even love. Well, that stands right in the case of UK TV star Maya Jama and NBA player Ben Simmons who got engaged last year and have remained committed in their relationship.

On Saturday (August 6), it was reported that the 26-year-old pro basketball player and the 27-year-old British TV presenter ended their engagement last night. “Maya called it off the engagement after things came to head last month,” a source shared. “She is not going back to New York now. It’s heartbreaking for both of them, especially as they were so committed to each other.”

The source also added that the ex-couple is young and wants to focus on their respective careers. “Maya has a bright future ahead of her with job offers coming in all over the world and is feeling positive. She has been hitting the gym a lot and spending time with her good friends.”

A Brief Yet Committed Relationship…

In January 2022, Maya Jama and ben Simmons sparked engagement rumours after she was spotted wearing a huge diamond ring during a coffee walk date in Philadelphia with Ben Simmons. However, a source close to the couple revealed that the basketball player popped the question to Maya over Christmas after she spent the holidays at his £3.7million mansion in New Jersey.

However, Maya confirmed her engagement with Ben on Valentine’s Day this year and shared a photo of a necklace with the date 12/18/21 on her Instagram story, adding a ring emoji to signify the date the pair got engaged. As for their relationship,  the two confirmed their rumoured romance with a kiss during a 2021 Wimbledon match. The pair were spotted looking adorable, cuddled up and then sealed the deal with a kiss.

Maya, who previously dated Stormzy, admitted in the past that she is hopeless in the kitchen but was determined to learn to cook when she settles down and has children. She stated: “I’m a Deliveroo person, all the time. I’m very active on that. I live in the city now, so there are so many options. You can literally get everything you fancy in under 15 minutes.

She added that whenever she has kids, she’ll become a proper kitchen girl but she just doesn’t have it in her yet. She added, “I want to love it but I just don’t have the love for it.” Well, now it seems like she is unable to balance her career and love life. Well, to each his own. 

Career-wise, Simmons has yet to play in a professional game since June 20, 2021. His last appearance was with the 76ers against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 7 of the second round of the 2021 playoffs. We wish both good luck with their future endeavours.

I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.


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