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30th Jan 2023

Maya Jama opens up about an accident that left her using a wheelchair

Ellen Fitzpatrick

God love her.

Love Island host Maya Jama has opened up about being seriously injured as a teenager which left her relying on the use of a wheelchair.

Speaking on PrettyLittleThing’s Behind Closed Doors podcast, Maya said that when she was 17 she endured a foot injury that was so severe that she couldn’t walk, according to The Sun.

Maya said: “I went to Ayia Napa when I was 17 to host Charlie Sloth’s show Fire In The Booth. But the day before the actual beach party thing we were supposed to be hosting, I ended up slipping on a bit of mashed-up kerb.

“The bottom of my foot was hanging off. I had to be in hospital for two days and ended up in a wheelchair for the rest of the time.”

She then went on to explain that she had “ripped a nerve” and couldn’t feel the extent of the damage that had been done.

“I was getting carried into the ambulance like ‘wahey…’ not knowing that I might not be able to bend my f**king toes,” the 28 year old said.

“The big one doesn’t bend… it can bend but it doesn’t tuck. I will never forget that trip.”

In other Maya Jama news, the presenter has reportedly quit her other presenting gig after the success of Love Island this season after taking over hosting duties.

Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star first aired back in 2019 with Stacey Dooley at the helm for the first two seasons and saw make up artists compete in different challenges.

Maya then took over the presenter role for the third and fourth seasons but following the huge success her series of Love Island has seen, it’s been reported that Maya may quit Glow Up.

“Maya loved her time hosting Glow Up for the last two series but has decided now not to return for another run,” a source told The Sun.

“It was a really difficult decision but she’s going to be really busy doing two series of Love Island this year and couldn’t make it work.

“She’s also gone down such a storm on Love Island that demand for her has gone through the roof and her diary outside of filming the show is absolutely jam-packed.”

The BBC is said to be “gutted” about the decision and currently are looking out for her replacement.

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