Stormzy said Maya Jama break-up was the 'biggest catalyst' in his life
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Stormzy has opened up about his split from Maya Jama in a series of new interviews with documentary maker Louis Theroux.
Stormzy, 29, and Maya, 28, got together in 2015 - before they were both as famous as they are now - but split in 2019 after four years together in 2019.
At the time of their split, there were rumours that Stormzy had been unfaithful to Maya - but he has always denied this.
In a new interview with Louis, however, the rapper has explained he had to learn some lessons about his behaviour, saying it was his 'biggest catalyst' for growth.
“My break-up, that was probably the biggest catalyst for growth as a man," he said.
“It was like, OK, you made a mistake and you lose someone you loved, someone you cared for, someone who is special to you.
“That’s probably the biggest loss a man can have, isn’t it? Away from someone passing away, that’s the biggest loss you can have.
“The whole f***ing palaver that surrounded that situation, do you know what I mean? There were other things in terms of mistakes I’d made.
“I didn’t do what a man should do to fully appreciate love, and care for his woman.”
Speaking about one day having a family and getting married, Stormzy - who has a new album out on 25 November - added: “Long story short, I learned that if I don’t want to feel like that again, and if I believe that God will bless me again with an amazing woman and a family and marriage and all of that kind of thing, I have to do all the necessary work to never be in that situation again.”
In fact, the rapper says his idea of an 'amazing future' is having dinner at the table with his wife and kids.
“I do want a family of my own and I want to get married and I want to settle," he told Louis.
“My idea of an amazing future is having my house and kinda running around and my missus there.
“And we’re going to eat dinner at the dinner table.”
Maya meanwhile - who has recently been confirmed as the new Love Island host, took to Instagram on Friday where she revealed how she got through a break-up 'years ago'.
She told followers: "Fun fact / When I was going through a breakup some years ago I didn't wana listen to sad/love songs so I would play K-Trap every morning instead (it helped)."
Louis' new interview series, Louis Theroux Interviews launches next week on BBC Two. The series also includes interviews with other huge stars, including Dame Judi Dench and singer Rita Ora.
Louis Theroux Interviews: Stormzy will air on BBC Two and iPlayer at 9.15pm on Tuesday 25 October.
Topics: Celebrity, Sex and Relationships, Maya Jama