Maya Jama Talks About Growing Up With Her Father In Jail

The Rinse FM presenter explains how she cut ties with her Dad because he kept 'doing bad things'

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The more we know about Maya Jama, the more our respect grows for this seriously strong woman.

The Rinse FM presenter opened up on a Loose Women panel about her complicated relationship with her father, who was jailed when she was three years old.

The 22-year-old has made a documentary, When Dad Kills: Murdered in the Family, which explores how children are affected if they have a parent in jail.

She explained how she cut ties with her own dad when she was 10 because he kept 'doing bad things.'

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'Then I saw him get arrested and for ages in my child mind I thought it was because of me.'

Maya previously said in a Beat London 103.6FM interview that she felt responsible for her father going to prison, because she told police where he was hiding when they came to their house.

'From a young age you blame yourself. The police came and knocked on my door and I told them where my dad was hiding - he was hiding under a bed upstairs or something.'

Speaking about what she learnt while filming the documentary, Maya says: 'I learnt that I'm not as strong as I thought I was.

'Especially when it came to my dad, I was like "Doesn't matter, my life's great, didn't need him anyway, don't care"'.

'As it went on, I started feeling overwhelmingly sorry for him. I learned that I have such a little melty heart like "Oh, I just want to love!"'

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The documentary follows Maya as she decides whether or not to reconnect with her dad after all this time.

'It was a journey for me. I feel like I could get to know him now and he might not want to go back in. That is kind of what I wanted from it but in the documentary, I decide whether I want to meet up with him or not. I can't say now if I do,' she added.

Maya made regular trips to prison as a child to visit her Dad and they became routine.

'You'd get your car, your sweets and blankets. It became normal, almost like a road trip.'

Asked why she stopped visiting him, she added: 'I got a bit older and it was annoying, I didn't want to go and visit.

'I thought "I'm a child. I shouldn't have to visit you in jail". He was going in and out of jail, he had loads of little sentences. He was constantly re-offending.

'It's not really fair. I'm spending my weekends to go and see you, and you're just doing exactly the same thing again, and again, and again. You get kind of fed up. One day he was out at my grandparents and knocking on the door and I didn't want to see him. I thought "you're doing bad things, I don't know you any more"'.

Obviously boyfriend Stormzy was there to support his boo and tweeted while Maya was on the show.

The couple recently went on a date night to restaurant Sexy Fish and, well, are living their best lives.

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