Maya Jama and Ben Simmons are engaged: TV star flashes HUGE diamond ring


Maya Jama, 27, and Ben Simmons, 25, are engaged

The British TV presenter and US basketball star were spotted enjoying a coffee date in Philadelphia 76ers’ player Ben’s home city on Monday, with Maya flashing a huge diamond ring.

Ben popped the question over the festive period according to reports after a whirlwind seven month romance.

Ready to wed: The British TV presenter, 27, and US basketball star, 25, were spotted enjoying a coffee date in Philadelphia on Monday, with Maya flashing a huge diamond ring

Ready to wed: Maya Jama, 27, and Ben Simmons, 25, are engaged. The British TV presenter, 27, and US basketball star, 25, were spotted enjoying a coffee date in Philadelphia on Monday, with Maya flashing a huge diamond ring

On cloud nine: Ben popped the question over the festive period according to reports after a whirlwind seven month romance

On cloud nine: Ben popped the question over the festive period according to reports after a whirlwind seven month romance

Stunning: Maya showed off an emerald-cut diamond ring as she grabbed some drinks with her new fiancé

Stunning: Maya showed off an emerald-cut diamond ring as she grabbed some drinks with her new fiancé

Maya showed off an emerald-cut diamond ring as she grabbed some drinks with her new fiancé after a couple’s gym session. 

Jewelry experts at Steven Stone have estimated Maya’s sparkler is worth around £500,000, with managing director, Zack Stone, revealing: 

‘It looks to be an emerald cut diamond set on a white gold or platinum band. The centre stone is around 10 carats, which is huge, and will no doubt be of the highest quality. With this in mind, it could be worth around £500,000 on today’s market.’

Dressed in black leggings, trainers and an oversized navy hoodie, Maya flashed a big smile as she strolled along the street with Ben, who matched the TV star in his workout wear.  

The Sun claims the pair – who went public with their romance earlier this year – have only told close friends and family the alleged happy news after getting engaged over Christmas. 

A source told the publication: ‘Ben adores Maya and has fallen head over heels for her. 

He picked up the ring on Jewelers’ Row in the diamond district of Philadelphia the day before he proposed. 

‘He chose the ring himself and felt he knew exactly what she would want. Maya said yes and they’re both thrilled.’ 

They added: ‘Ben was so excited, but they’ve decided to keep the news low-key and tell only those closest to them.’ 

Sweet: Dressed in black leggings, trainers and an oversized navy hoodie, Maya flashed a big smile as she strolled along the street with Ben who matched the TV star in his workout wear

Sweet: Dressed in black leggings, trainers and an oversized navy hoodie, Maya flashed a big smile as she strolled along the street with Ben who matched the TV star in his workout wear

Coffee stop: Maya wore a face mask and carried a £2k Louis Vuitton bag out of the coffee shop. She has been staying with Ben in the US since Christmas

Coffee stop: Maya wore a face mask and carried a £2k Louis Vuitton bag out of the coffee shop. She has been staying with Ben in the US since Christmas 

Maya flew to New Jersey to spend Christmas with him and is still there now. They had a small family gathering last weekend and announced their engagement.’ 

Earlier this month Maya hinted at her plans to move to America after spending Christmas at Ben’s £3.7million mansion in Moorestown, New Jersey. 

Maya fuelled rumours when she was asked about her plans while she was out with her friends on New Year’s Eve.

In a video shared to Instagram, Maya was at a festive party when she was asked by a woman with an American accent if she was ‘moving here’. To which Maya replied: ‘Umm maybe!’   

Happy news: The Sun claims the pair - who went public with their romance earlier this year - have only told close friends and family the alleged happy news after getting engaged over Christmas

Big move: Earlier this month Maya hinted at her plans to move to America after spending Christmas at Ben's £3.7million mansion in Moorestown, New Jersey

Happy news: The Sun claims the pair – who went public with their romance earlier this year – have only told close friends and family the alleged happy news after getting engaged over Christmas

Moving: Maya fuelled rumours about her big move to the US to be with Ben when she was asked about her plans while she was out with her friends on New Year's Eve

Moving: Maya fuelled rumours about her big move to the US to be with Ben when she was asked about her plans while she was out with her friends on New Year’s Eve

Maya and Ben were first romantically linked in June, after they were seen together on a night out at restaurant Sexy Fish in London. 

The couple went public while kissing in the stands at Wimbledon in front of the world’s media, as they stopped by the annual tennis tournament.  

Ben previously dated Kendall Jenner, 25, but the pair called things off in May 2019 after months of dating on-and-off. 

Whirlwind romance: Maya and Ben were first romantically linked in June, after they were seen together on a night out at restaurant Sexy Fish in London

Whirlwind romance: Maya and Ben were first romantically linked in June, after they were seen together on a night out at restaurant Sexy Fish in London

Whirlwind romance: Maya and Ben were first romantically linked in June, after they were seen together on a night out at restaurant Sexy Fish in London

Festive engagement: The Sun claims the pair - who went public with their romance earlier this year - have only told close friends and family the alleged happy news after getting engaged over Christmas

Festive engagement: The Sun claims the pair – who went public with their romance earlier this year – have only told close friends and family the alleged happy news after getting engaged over Christmas

Happy: A source said of the proposal: 'Ben adores Maya and has fallen head over heels for her. He picked up the ring on Jewelers' Row in the diamond district of Philadelphia the day before he proposed'

Happy: 'He chose the ring himself and felt he knew exactly what she would want. Maya said yes and they're both thrilled'

Happy: A source said of the proposal: ‘Ben adores Maya and has fallen head over heels for her. He picked up the ring on Jewelers’ Row in the diamond district of Philadelphia the day before he proposed’

Maya, meanwhile, dated rapper Stormzy for four years, with the pair splitting the same year – ending their relationship in order to focus on their careers instead. 

The two stars had been one of the most popular couple in showbiz prior to their shock split, with the stunning presenter moving out of their shared home shortly after her 25th birthday celebrations.

Stormzy seemed to address rumours he had strayed in his subsequent music releases – with his song Lessons said to be about the heartbreaking split and lyrics confessing that he had ‘done the dirt’ on the TV star. 

Inseparable: An insider said of the festive proposal: 'Maya flew to New Jersey to spend Christmas with him and is still there now. They had a small family gathering last weekend and announced their engagement'

Inseparable: An insider said of the festive proposal: ‘Maya flew to New Jersey to spend Christmas with him and is still there now. They had a small family gathering last weekend and announced their engagement’

Happiness: Maya flashed a huge smile as she showed off her new ring and strolled with her beau back to their car

Moving across the ocean: Maya has been spending more and more time across the Atlantic with her sportsman beau

Happiness: Maya flashed a huge smile as she showed off her new ring and strolled with her beau back to their car 

Moving fast: The happy couple only went public with their romance last summer but are already ready to walk down the aisle

Moving fast: The happy couple only went public with their romance last summer but are already ready to walk down the aisle

However, the award-winning musician later revealed he hadn’t been unfaithful throughout his relationship but instead, admitted to showing ‘disrespect’ to his famous ex.

‘If there was a box of what a good woman is, she ticks every one, she’s amazing. But I didn’t cheat on her. I actually didn’t cheat,’ he told HOT 97 at the start of 2020.

‘Don’t get it twisted, I’m still definitely an a***hole. 100%, that’s a fact. I’m an a***hole.

‘But I thought now was a good time to say that I didn’t cheat on my ex.’ 

Debut: The couple went public while kissing in the stands at Wimbledon in front of the world's media, as they stopped by the annual tennis tournament

Debut: The couple went public while kissing in the stands at Wimbledon in front of the world’s media, as they stopped by the annual tennis tournament

In the past: Ben previously dated Kendall Jenner, 25, but the pair called things off in May 2019 after months of dating on-and-off

Exes: Maya dated rapper Stormzy for four years, with the pair splitting in 2019 - ending their relationship in order to focus on their careers instead (pictured in 2014)

In the past: Ben previously dated Kendall Jenner (left)but the pair called things off in May 2019 after months of dating on-and-off.  Maya, meanwhile, dated rapper Stormzy for four years, with the pair splitting the same year – ending their relationship in order to focus on their careers instead

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