Maya Jama weeps as she recalls how boyfriend was shot dead by bullet meant for someone else
MAYA Jama weeps on TV as she recalls how her first romance ended in tragedy — with her boyfriend shot dead by a bullet meant for someone else.
She also told how her dad being jailed when she was a child had made her stronger.
Boyfriend Rico Gordon was killed at the age of 21 by a ricocheting bullet during a 2011 fight in Bristol.
The presenter said: “I got to 16 and I met a boy. He was killed in the summer I was supposed to move to London — and that was my first love.
“So then your whole world just changes as you’re a little girl and you realise, ‘All right, this is adult stuff going on.’ I was devastated, I was so sad.”
Maya, who dated rapper Stormzy for four years, also brushed away tears as she spoke of her father Hussein being jailed for bottling a man.
She added: “I had a situation where my dad was in and out of jail from three. At the time, I didn’t think it bothered me. It was all I knew so that was normal.”
Forcing a smile, the 27-year-old goes on: “I don’t like crying about that stuff. I have to laugh or I get emotional.
“I’m OK now, but obviously I’m sad for my little, younger self that I had to deal with that.
“I feel happy that I made a good situation out of some bad ones.”
Maya opens her heart in Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours, which airs on Channel 4 tonight.
NEW HEIGHTS FOR MAYA
TONIGHT’S show sees SAS: Who Dares Wins hardman Jason Fox, 45, train Maya to bungee jump and abseil.
She told The Sun on Sunday: “Foxy is incredible and I’m so glad I did it — but it’s honestly one of the most nerve-racking things I’ve ever done.”