Maya Jama says she became a millionaire at 24 but insists 'money doesn't motivate me'

MAYA Jama has revealed she became a million at 24 – and insisted that 'money doesn't motivate' her.

Aside from her TV work, the former BBC Radio 1 host, 26, has enjoyed success with fashion collections with PrettyLittleThing and JD Sports, and has modelled for brands such as Adidas and Maybelline.

Maya also recently used her earnings to buy her very first home in London this summer, which she has been spending lockdown 2.0 in with a pal.

Speaking to the Evening Standard about her career,Maya said being a millionaire is "nice" but it was never her goal as money doesn't motivate her.

She said: "You do something you enjoy and then you get paid for it and you’re like: 'Oh my gosh, this is so cool!'."  

Meanwhile, Maya, who split from rapper Stormzy in 2019 after four years together, explained she's not looking to date at the moment.

The ITV host added: "It's different for everybody, but I’ve accepted that now isn’t the best time to find somebody".

Earlier this month, The Sun's Bizarre revealed that Maya had become a millionaire after working her way up the showbiz ladder.

An insider said: "Maya has been grafting for years, honing her craft, but this year she’s really come into her own.

"After leaving Radio 1 in May she said she had exciting projects and she wasn’t wrong. Landing a presenting gig alongside Peter Crouch on his BBC primetime TV show Save Our Summer was massive, and it’s just the start."

Maya's company MIJ & Co has £1.3million in the bank and that figure will only rise.

Along with more TV deals, she is to launch her own skincare range this year and has big-money endorsements on the go.

Maya, from Bristol, went from a DJ on London community radio station Rinse FM to in 2017 becoming the youngest person ever to co-host the Mobo Awards.

From there she was picked up by Radio 1 and landed her first telly presenting gig, on MTV’s True Love Or True Lies, before becoming a team captain on ITV2 panel show Don’t Hate The Playaz.

Maya has also signed fashion ad deals with PrettyLittleThing, Adidas, Gap and Kurt Geiger.

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