TIME is a healer and it has worked wonders for Stormzy and Maya Jama as they are back together three years after their split.
The new Love Island host joined her rapper ex at the GQ Men of the Year 2022 celebration in west London on Wednesday night and they then left at 2am, minutes apart.
They had talked deeply at the party at the Pavilion Members’ Club in Knightsbridge. He was overheard telling his friends they were back together.
But he didn’t seem too keen on others finding out, because when a fan took a picture of them together, he confronted them and demanded it be deleted.
A source said: “Stormzy and Maya are back together. They’re taking it easy, but they’ve come back into each other’s lives after a long period of not speaking or seeing each other.”
A second source at the party said: “They spent a lot of time together at the after party and talked forever in a corner.
“My Biggest Regret”
“It seemed like they went somewhere else together afterwards because she walked out and he followed her out five minutes later.”
Stormzy and Maya dated for four years but split in 2019 when he claimed he cheated on her, which he denied.
She got engaged to Australian basketball player Ben Simmons last Christmas after a whirlwind romance, though they split this summer.
But Stormzy has remained single since splitting from Maya and has made no secret that he regrets their split.
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In his 2019 song Lessons, he described their relationship as the “greatest love I’ve ever known,” admitting, “I threw it down the drain.”
He continued, “You gave me the world and then I disrespected you.
“Hand on my heart, that’s my biggest regret. I thought I’d say it here rather than throwing it in a text.
“Until you’re ready to forgive, I always wish you the best.”
Now she has forgiven him and things are back on track. He won’t make the same mistakes this time.
ASA BUTTERFIELD plays the bumbling Otis Milburn in sex education, but he’s anything but clumsy in real life.
The Netflix star was one of the biggest party animals there, spending hours on the dance floor while women threw themselves at him.
He looked in his element while surrounded by women desperate to chat and dance with him.
Since his on-screen character, the son of a sex therapist, offers tips on how to make things work in the bedroom, I suppose some of you wanted to see if he put that advice into action.
His co-star Ncuti Gatwa, who plays Eric Effiong and will soon be starring in Doctor Who, also partied with him after recently filming the fourth series of Sex Education. There must have been some headaches yesterday.
MIMI POP IS TOP
MIMI WEBB celebrated her own Man of the Year by bringing her dad as a plus one.
The Ghost Of You singer made sure to get star treatment too by introducing him to as many celebrities as possible.
Mimi, who posed here with me and Bizarre reporter Howell Davies, made sure he got to speak to Hollywood’s Andrew Garfield, chef Tom Kerridge and boxer Nicola Adams, among others. And in the end he could hardly be torn away when Mimi finally managed to persuade him to leave just after midnight.
One of Britain’s busiest singers, she will be back on screen tonight with Children In Need.
THEY are rappers from both sides of the Atlantic having had a stellar year so it was good to see Aitch and Jack Harlow face to face at the party.
They were introduced by friends after Jack performed at the bash. And with the recent news that Jack is in the running for three Grammy Awards, I suppose Aitch had a lot to talk about — especially how he can land a nod, too. Perhaps collaboration is the solution.
- A partygoer got more than he bargained for when he took a bathroom break at the party – X-Men actor James McAvoy approached them. The star was spotted opening the door to a gender-neutral loo but then screamed and apologized as the person inside hadn’t locked the door.
TOM IN FUR DISTURB WITH COAT
I had fun hanging out with one of the nicest men in the business, Tom Grennan – but I’m not sure he enjoyed it that much thanks to a wardrobe blunder.
The chart-topping favourite, who has become a fashion icon alongside his anthemic pop, wore an unwise faux fur coat to the event and joked to me: “I can’t take it off, I’ve basically got nothing underneath! It’s a massive mistake.”
Tom, who is currently ecstatic about the success of his new single ‘Lionheart’ with Joel Corry, has been side by side with his new fiancé, Danniella Carraturo, after proposing earlier this summer.
He told me: “Apart from the stupid jacket decision, it’s nice to be out and about together – we don’t get together very often so it feels like a real treat.
“She’s my biggest supporter and I’m very lucky – I know this is a weird job and a weird world, but she totally understands and lets me be me. It’s a huge help.”
And he teased a new project he insists will have a huge impact – adding: “Lionheart has been amazing.
“It’s been going really well but I have something else in the pipeline at the moment that I’m really happy with – it’s going to be massive I think. I can’t wait to bring it out.”
ROCHELLE HUMES and AJ Odudu let their hair down at the party as they joined Maya Jama, who channeled her inner Kylie Minogue in a white hooded outfit.
They were among the lucky guests to dress up for the glamorous celebration, which lasted until 3am.
Former SATURDAYS singer Rochelle wore a sheer dress while AJ, fresh off the job as Big Brother presenter, admitted she spent hours getting her hair done.
Vick Hope also showed up in a bright pink dress but didn’t bring her DJ fiancé, Calvin Harris.
Bono caught live at the London Palladium
So what’s your overall perception of U2 frontman Bono?
A proud rock superstar with a rampant ego who thinks he can change the world and send his band’s record to your iTunes like it or not?
As he is the first to admit, he is certainly someone who divides opinion.
But his multimedia one-man show at London’s Palladium this week in support of his lengthy but gripping memoir Surrender showed a different side of the singer, who was born Paul David Hewson 62 years ago.
Vulnerable, tormented, reserved and ultimately human were words that came to mind to describe his accomplishment.
Without bandmates The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., Bono peeled away the veneers for a long, dark night of soul.
The show took the form of him bringing passages from “I wrote a book I wrote myself” to life with animated backgrounds filled with his handwriting and sketches of people and places. And of course there was a lot of swagger and Irish humour.
He was joined by producer Jacknife Lee, a cellist and harpist, for spirited renditions of U2 favourites. . . from early triumphs like “I Will Follow” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” to “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” and “Where The Streets Have No Name” to “Beautiful Day”. Many of his memories include pub chats with his late father, Bob, which took place after his beloved mother, Iris, died when he was just 14.
Bono opened up about his pain at not being judged or even heard by his father and explained why he became such a loud and moody singer. But then Bob began to show him a degree of acceptance. . . and even pride. His eldest daughter Jordan and some of his buddies were in the audience to see this emotional rollercoaster ride.
Bob Geldof, the Dubliner, rocker and activist who inspired his own campaigns against poverty and hunger.
Noel Gallagher, who famously defended U2 in a dispute with brother Liam, and whose presence caused a loud cheer at the theater. And sound wizard Brian Eno, who co-produced The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree.
Bono offered a friendly greeting to Geldof and also spoke with great affection about his wife Ali and the band, which started 46 years ago as four Chancellors of Mount Temple Comprehensive School.
The other three weren’t present, but they were there in spirit along with Iris and Bob.
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