Maya Jama snogs new man Ben Simmons as they go public with romance at Wimbledon
Maya Jama locked lips with her basketball player boyfriend, Ben Simmons, as the pair went public with their love while watching a spot of tennis.
The 26-year-old TV presenter and 24-year-old Australian sport star Ben looked more interested in each other than the action on the court at Wimbledon on Monday.
Maya and Ben were spotted kissing away as they sat surrounded by fellow spectators at the Wimbledon Championships Tennis Tournament at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
The TV beauty snuggled up to the basketball star – who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers – and looked head-over-heels as she laughed and giggled beside him.
The pair didn’t look shy as they put on some serious public displays of affection following weeks of speculation that they are madly in love.
Maya stunned a summer shorts and blazer suit combination, while Ben looked chic and ready for sport in a smart-casual ensemble by Polo, Ralph Lauren.
The couple laughed as they spent the afternoon together – and following a glitzy lunch hosted by Vogue magazine.
Rumours circulated back in May that Maya and Ben were an item after they spent two weeks together in the USA.
Tongues were set wagging when the British beauty joined the sport star for an extended break in Philadelphia – where he lives and plays for the NBA team.
A source said in May: “Things are hotting up for Maya and Ben. They are really into each other and the fact she flew to Philadelphia to be with him says a lot.
“They had a fun two weeks together. It’s nice to see her so happy.”
Ben was previously linked to Kendall Jenner, while Maya split from long-term boyfriend Stormzy in 2019 after four years of dating.
Fans have been rooting for Maya and Ben to become a couple as far back as 2019 after followers on social media noticed the basket ball player leaving flame emojis under a number her posts.
The pair have kept rumours of their romance at bay by refusing to directly involve each other on social media posts.
However, Monday’s PDAs will leave fans convinced that they are now an item.
Last year, Maya said she was anxious about dating after attracting a high degree of interest while linked to Stormzy.
She told Cosmopolitan: “It makes me nervous [about] who I’m going to be with next, because if they aren’t in the public eye already, maybe they’re going to be brought into [it].
“It’s made me extra careful. I was 20 when I got into that [with Stormzy]. Now life is different. Even social media is bigger. It’s going to be harder to keep things private but I’ll do my best.”
Reflecting on how life was simpler when she first met her chart topping ex, Maya said: “We met before it was in the public eye. It felt like a normal relationship, and then, ‘Oh sh**, everybody’s talking about us!’
“We did everything that normal couples do, it was [just] on a bigger scale.”