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‘I’m sad for my little, younger self:’ Tearful Maya Jama looks back on the summer when her first boyfriend was murdered and her jailed father while admitting she’s trying not to get ’emotional’ about it

  • Maya’s friend Rico Gordon was killed at age 21 by a ricocheting bullet intended for someone else during a fight in Bristol in 2011
  • Maya also shared that she felt that her father, who was in prison at such a young age, has now made her stronger.
  • The presenter was just 16 when her boyfriend was murdered the summer she was due to move to London to continue her now thriving TV career
  • Maya is currently featured in Channel 4’s Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours where she discussed her past heartbreak










Maya Jama wiped away tears as she discussed how her first boyfriend was shot and how she thought her father was “normal” in and out of prison.

Rico Gordon, the 27-year-old TV star’s boyfriend, was killed at age 21 by a ricocheting bullet intended for someone else during a fight in Bristol in 2011.

Maya, who can be seen in Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours, also shared how she felt her father was imprisoned at such a young age and has now made her stronger.

Emotional: Maya Jama wiped away tears as she discussed how her first boyfriend got shot and how she thought her dad in and out of jail was ‘normal’

Maya was just 16 when her boyfriend was murdered the summer she was due to move to London to continue her now thriving TV career.

She said, “So then your whole world changes when you’re a little girl and you realize, ‘Okay, this is an adult thing.’ I was devastated, I was so sad,” The Sun reported.

Emotional Maya also thought about her jail time, Father Hussein, who was sent to prison for bottled up a man.

Heartbreaking: Rico Gordon, the 27-year-old TV star's boyfriend, was killed at age 21 by a ricocheting bullet intended for someone else during a fight in Bristol in 2011 (pictured)

Heartbreaking: Rico Gordon, the 27-year-old TV star’s boyfriend, was killed at age 21 by a ricocheting bullet intended for someone else during a fight in Bristol in 2011 (pictured)

She added: “I had a situation where my father went in and out of prison from the age of three. At the time, I didn’t think it bothered me. It was all I knew, so that was normal, I don’t like crying about that sort of thing. I have to laugh or I’ll get emotional.

“I’m fine now, but of course I’m sorry for my little, younger self that I had to deal with that.”

Maya previously said growing up without her father was not something she “cryed about at home,” during an interview with Marie Claire.

Opening: Maya, who can be seen in Foxy's Fearless 48 Hours (pictured), also shared how she felt her father was in prison at such a young age and has now made her stronger

Opening: Maya, who can be seen in Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours (pictured), also shared how she felt her father was in prison at such a young age and has now made her stronger

She said, ‘Anything that seems tragic or makes people feel sorry for me, I make a joke. I think it’s because I’m okay with it. I’ve accepted it and I don’t want you to make me feel sorry for me.

“When people said, ‘Where’s your father?’ I’d say, ‘Oh, he’s in jail’ and I’d laugh about it. It wasn’t something I would sit at home crying for.’

Maya added that she has a good relationship with her stepfather and is grateful to have seen a “love relationship” develop between him and her mother Sadie.

She said: ‘When I was 10, my mother met my stepfather and he is the most beautiful man. So I was shown a loving relationship, which I think can affect young women growing up without a father – not experiencing love firsthand and seeing what a healthy relationship should be like. Daddy wasn’t there, but I had all the love I needed from elsewhere.’

Maya, born and raised in Bristol, shared how she had a group of older boys that her mother would always babysit and look after her.

She said, “Every woman in my family is super strong and a go-getter. Since my mom was babysitting boys in our neighborhood, I had older boys who would babysit me.

“If they saw me outside, they’d say, ‘Maya, we’ll drop you off at home.’ It was a community and that really influenced who I was growing up, especially with men.”

The TV star became a millionaire at the age of 24 and bought a house the same year.

She said, “It wasn’t my life purpose – maybe because I didn’t think it was within reach. People don’t think about buying houses I come from until you’re 45.

“But I think I’m smart with money and don’t really spend anything but food and travel. And I work hard, so I save a lot.’

Success: The TV star became a millionaire at the age of 24 and bought a house the same year

Success: The TV star became a millionaire at the age of 24 and bought a house the same year

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