Love Island host front-runner Maya Jama ‘splits’ from fiancé Ben Simmons eight months after getting engaged

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Maya Jama and Ben Simmons are believed to have called time on their relationship  (Getty)
Maya Jama and Ben Simmons are believed to have called time on their relationship (Getty)

Maya Jama and Ben Simmons have reportedly split up, eight months after getting engaged.

Basketball player Simmons, 26, proposed to Jama, 28, last Christmas following a whirlwind seven-month romance.

The TV presenter and Brooklyn Nets star are believed to have struggled to keep their romance alive in the following months however, due to busy schedules and maintaining a long distance relationship, with Simmons based in Brooklyn, New York, while Jama lives in London.

‘While they both care for each other so much, they truly gave it their all and realize that they just come from two different worlds,’ a source told NY Post of the alleged breakup, adding that it was ‘one of the hardest decisions of their lives.’

“It’s been a difficult time for them,’ the insider went on.”‘They now understand they don’t have the time they thought to dedicate to this relationship.”

Maya Jama and Ben Simmons got engaged last Christmas following a whirlwind seven-month romance (Maya Jama / Instagram)
Maya Jama and Ben Simmons got engaged last Christmas following a whirlwind seven-month romance (Maya Jama / Instagram)

“After many long nights and hours of heartfelt talks, they finally realized as much as they love each other, their nonstop careers and endless travel have made it incredibly impossible to make it work,” the source added.

They insist that “there is a lot of love between them,” with hopes that they will be able to remain in each other’s lives, despite ending their romantic relationship.

The Standard has contacted representatives for Maya Jama and Ben Simmons for comment.

Meanwhile, Jama - who has been tipped as a front-runner to present the next series of Love Island along with the new series of Big Brother - has been giving away no signs of heartbreak on Instagram, sharing a slew of pictures from a girl’s trip to Ibiza to celebrate her recent 28th birthday.

Jama previously dated rapper Stormzy for four years. They split in 2019.