Maya Jama breaks down as she recalls how first boyfriend was shot dead

Maya Jama has got candid about how her first love ended in tragedy when her boyfriend was shot dead by a bullet meant for someone else.

The 27-year-old star’s boyfriend Rico Gordo was tragically killed when he was just 21-years-old in 2011 after a vicious row broke out in Bristol.

And now Maya has opened up over the traumatic tragedy during her stint on Channel 4’s Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours.

The presenter revealed that Rico’s death changed her as a person forever because it caused her to grow up very quickly as she woke up to the harsh realities of adult life.

Fighting back the tears, Maya said: “I got to 16 and I met a boy. He was killed in the summer I was supposed to move to London and that was my first love.

“So, then your whole world just changes as you’re a little girl and you realise, ‘All right, this is adult stuff going on.’ I was devastated, I was so sad.”

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Maya also bravely opened up about her relationship with her dad in the candid programme.

She revealed that her relationship with her father began to break down when she was just three-years-old after he was jailed for a bottling a man.

The star said she ‘feels sad’ for her younger self for having to deal with those issues, and described how she masks her pain with laughter.

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“I had a situation where my dad was in and out of jail from three,” she explained.

“I don’t like crying about that stuff. I have to laugh or I get emotional.”

She went on: “I’m OK now, but obviously I’m sad for my little, younger self that I had to deal with that.

“I feel happy that I made a good situation out of some bad ones.”

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