Maya Jama flashes huge diamond ring after getting engaged to Ben Simmons as they’re seen for first time since happy news

MAYA Jama flashed her incredible £800,000 diamond ring beside her boyfriend Ben Simmons as they were pictured for the first time since confirming their engagement.

The happy news, which The Sun exclusively revealed last year, came after a whirlwind seven-month romance.

TV star Maya was seen walking with NBA ace Ben in Philadelphia this week sporting a huge emerald-cut diamond ring on her finger.

The expensive sparkler – which Ben chose himself – was prominently on display as they returned from a workout at the gym.

Experts from H&T Pawnbrokers said of the jewellery: "The engagement ring appears to be a large Emerald cut Diamond of good colour possibly G or H with fancy cut diamond shoulders, possibly trapeze cut.

"It is clearly mounted and set in either white gold or platinum. The large Emerald cut centre stone is between 8 to 10 Carats in weight. Based on this assessment, we believe the ring would retail around £700,000-£800,000."

Maya, 27, began dating Aussie Simmons, 25, in May and grew closer to the 6ft 11in hunk during trips to the US.

She has since been splitting her time between the States and the UK – where she fronts Simon Cowell's new talent show Walk The Line.

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The star spent Christmas with the Philadelphia 76ers star at his £3.7million mansion in Moorestown, New Jersey.

And now, with unsettled Simmons’ future with the Sixers unclear, Maya, from Bristol, is ready to make a permanent move to the US to be with him in a new city.

The NBA player, 25, asked TV star Maya to marry him over Christmas, but the pair kept the news quiet until now.

A source told The Sun in December: "Ben adores Maya and has fallen head over heels for her.

"He picked up the ring on Jewelers’ Row in the diamond district of Philadelphia the day before he proposed.

“He chose the ring himself and felt he knew exactly what she would want. Maya said yes and they’re both thrilled.”

The source said Simmons had been nervous about popping the question because Maya had said no to a previous ex when he proposed.

They added: “He and Maya have been together for much less time but, thankfully, she said yes. Ben was so excited, but they’ve decided to keep the news low-key and tell only those closest to them.

“Maya flew to New Jersey to spend Christmas with him and is still there now.

“They had a small family gathering last weekend and announced their engagement.”

Simmons, who once dated Kendall Jenner, 26, and Maya, who dated rapper Stormzy, 28, have since had matching tattoos to mark their love.

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