MAYA Jama has been hit with a legal demand for the $1million diamond engagement ring given to her by her basketball ace ex-fiancé.
NBA star Ben Simmons obtained down on one knee to the Love Island host in December 2021 following a whirlwind romance.
However the long-distance relationship hit the rocks final August when Maya determined to give attention to her profession within the UK — and Brooklyn Nets ace Ben, 26, and Maya, 28, went their separate methods final month.
However the magnificence, who final week wowed Love Island followers on her debut look with a string of unveiling outfits, failed at hand again the large £800,000 diamond sparkler.
And now fuming 6ft 10in Aussie Ben has hit her with a legal letter demanding she return the ring instantly.
A supply near the star mentioned: “Given Ben has by no means, till now, requested for the ring again, you possibly can recognize the letter got here considerably as a shock to Maya.”
They added that she intends at hand it again. And a spokesperson for Maya informed Cialcan on Sunday final night time: “Maya obtained a request from Ben’s representatives on Friday afternoon, asking her to return the engagement ring that he gave her as a present final 12 months.
“This was the primary time that she has been requested by Ben to return it and, for the avoidance of any doubt, she has by no means refused to return it.
“Maya is making preparations to return the ring to Ben and needs him all the very best.”
A good friend of Simmons mentioned: “Ben was actually shocked when she left and didn’t give him the ring again.
“He was head over heels in love with her and thought it was ceaselessly so was actually p***ed she didn’t give it again. It value round $1million and so they have been engaged lower than a 12 months.”
Maya and the US-based NBA star started courting round Could 2021 earlier than making it official two months later.
The connection was confirmed after they have been snapped kissing on the Wimbledon tennis championships in July that 12 months.
Ben popped the query in December 2021 — however Maya confirmed the information of their break-up when talking to The Occasions this month, saying: “I’m actually, actually single proper now. Newly single. It’s solely been a month . . . but it surely’s good.”
She had been selling the brand new collection of Love Island, saying she had been practising her arrival on the villa.
A supply informed Cialcan on Sunday on the time: “Maya referred to as it off after issues got here to a head final month.
“She just isn’t going again to New York now. It’s heartbreaking for each of them, particularly as they have been so dedicated to one another.
“They’re each younger and wish to give attention to their careers. Maya has a vivid future forward of her with job gives coming in from throughout and is feeling constructive.”
They added: “It’s been a tough time for them. Whereas they each care for one another a lot, they honestly gave it their all and realise that they only come from two totally different worlds.
“They now perceive they don’t have the time they thought to dedicate to this relationship.
“After many lengthy nights and hours of heartfelt talks, they realised as a lot as they love one another, their continuous careers and countless journey have made it extremely inconceivable to make it work.”