Who is new Love Island host Maya Jama? MailOnline takes a look at the radio presenter's career

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She’s has a successful career working for MTV and BBC Radio 1. 

And as Maya Jama has been confirmed as the new Love Island host MailOnline takes a look at the presenter who will be replacing Laura Whitmore – after the Irish star quit following a two year stint on the popular ITV2 show.   

Maya, 28, currently lives in London and is 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.

New venture: As Maya Jama, 28, has been confirmed as the new Love Island host MailOnline takes a look at the presenter

New venture: As Maya Jama, 28, has been confirmed as the new Love Island host MailOnline takes a look at the presenter

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.

She set up her own YouTube channel as well as landing a gig as a presenter for JumpOff TV.

bBeach babe: Maya currently lives in London and is of Somali and Swedish descent, her parents named her after poet Maya Angelou

bBeach babe: Maya currently lives in London and is of Somali and Swedish descent, her parents named her after poet Maya Angelou

Exciting: After successful career working for MTV and BBC Radio 1, she will replace Laura Whitmore on the ITV2 show, and announced the hews with an Instagram video

Exciting: After successful career working for MTV and BBC Radio 1, she will replace Laura Whitmore on the ITV2 show, and announced the hews with an Instagram video 

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.

Amazing: In November 2017, she became the youngest person, then aged 23, to co-host the MOBO Awards on Channel 5 (pictured at the 2020 awards)

Amazing: In November 2017, she became the youngest person, then aged 23, to co-host the MOBO Awards on Channel 5 (pictured at the 2020 awards)

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.

Talented: She became the team captain on ITV2 rap panel show Don't Hate the Playaz presented by Jordan Stephens (pictured on the show in 2020)

Talented: She became the team captain on ITV2 rap panel show Don’t Hate the Playaz presented by Jordan Stephens (pictured on the show in 2020)

In an Instagram post, at the time she said: 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.

‘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.’ 

On air: Maya enjoyed a successful radio presenting career hosting #DriveWithMaya on Rinse FM from 2014 to 2017, and co-presented Radio 1's Greatest Hits and her own show, Maya Jama on BBC Radio 1 (pictured on May 2)

On air: Maya enjoyed a successful radio presenting career hosting #DriveWithMaya on Rinse FM from 2014 to 2017, and co-presented Radio 1’s Greatest Hits and her own show, Maya Jama on BBC Radio 1 (pictured on May 2)

Announcement: In 2020, she announced she was leaving BBC Radio 1, a station she has hosted on for two years

Announcement: In 2020, she announced she was leaving BBC Radio 1, a station she has hosted on for two years

In September 2021, it was announced that Jama would be the host of Simon Cowell’s new music competition gameshow Walk The Line. 

Most recently, Maya it was announced that she set to host the first of two series of Love Island which will be filmed in South Africa, from early 2023. 

Maya said in a statement: ‘I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows! I can’t wait to get into the Villa to meet all of the Islanders.’

TV show: In September 2021, it was announced that Jama would be the host of Simon Cowell’s new music competition gameshow Walk The Line

TV show: In September 2021, it was announced that Jama would be the host of Simon Cowell’s new music competition gameshow Walk The Line

Sun-soaked: Most recently, Maya it was announced that she set to host the first of two series of Love Island which will be filmed in South Africa, from early 2023

Sun-soaked: Most recently, Maya it was announced that she set to host the first of two series of Love Island which will be filmed in South Africa, from early 2023

Both Maya and Love Island shared a video of herself scrolling through stories about her being the rumoured presenter on various media outlets. 

The Love Island account shared: ‘Okay, the rumours are true Say hey to your brand-new #LoveIsland host @mayajama!’

As far as her personal life goes, Maya famously dated rapper Stormzy in 2016. They split three years later but remain friends.

Exes: As far as her personal life goes, Maya famously dated rapper Stormzy in 2016. They split three years later but remain friends (pictured together in 2017)

Exes: As far as her personal life goes, Maya famously dated rapper Stormzy in 2016. They split three years later but remain friends (pictured together in 2017)

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, Australian professional basketball player, Ben Simmons six months after getting engaged, due to long-distance, as he played for the Brooklyn Nets in New York.

Break-up: In August, she split from her fiancé Ben Simmons six months after getting engaged, due to long-distance

Break-up: In August, she split from her fiancé Ben Simmons six months after getting engaged, due to long-distance

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