Before Dating Hollywood’s Biggest Stars, Who Was Lewis Hamilton’s First Love Interest?

Published 08/25/2022, 2:36 PM EDT

Becoming a Formula 1 driver is a matter of immense pride, as only the very best make it to the premier class. An even greater achievement is becoming a Formula 1 World Champion. This is exactly what makes Lewis Hamilton one of the greatest of all time. Once one reaches the level of Sir Hamilton, there is no going back.


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No matter what Hamilton does, the public eye is omnipresent, such is the fame that comes with his level of success. However, the constant oversight does not draw a line at Formula 1, and matters of private life also become public. This is exactly how we are all aware of Hamilton’s rich dating history. However, let’s have a look at the woman the Mercedes man dated before he became a household name.


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Life of Lewis Hamilton before Formula 1 fame

We hardly read or hear about it, but Hamilton had a life outside of racing and Formula 1. Before Hamilton became a Formula 1 World Champion, the Brit was just an average kid. Maybe not average as Hamilton was also competing in the Karting competitions and Formula racing series.

However, Before Hamilton made his F1 debut in 2007, he was a student at the Cambridge School of Arts and Science. During that time, Hamilton, in his teens, met his first girlfriend Jodia Ma.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes appears at the drivers press conference during previews prior to the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Interlagos on October 18, 2007 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Hamilton met and started dating the Hong Kong resident in 2003 during his university. The two dated through their university years and their relationship lasted four long years.

The pair parted ways in June 2007, the same year Hamilton put on his big boy helmet for McLaren in Formula 1. The reason behind the split is unknown. After the split, Jodia Ma reportedly moved back to her hometown and started working as a guest relations manager at the trendy Zuma restaurant.


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However, despite the split during his Formula 1 initiation, the former couple remained friends. The former lover even took a trip to Shanghai Grand Prix in 2007. “We are definitely not back together as a couple, but we are friends,” she said.

The unfortunate history behind Jodia Ma and Hamilton’s sponsor before life in F1

Way before he earned himself the ‘Billion Dollar Man’ nickname, Hamilton lived a very struggling life. Before Hamilton had McLaren’s support, he had to find sponsors to continue racing in F3. Hamilton briefly found a sponsor in the unlikeliest place.

In his autobiography, he wrote, “Jodia said, ‘My dad owns this company in Hong Kong and would love to sponsor you.’ I told her there was no way I wanted to do that but she went away and sorted it out anyway.”

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – July 22, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is seen in his garage during practice REUTERS/Sarah MeyssonnierStable

However, while Hamilton was rising through the F3 ranks in 2005, Ma Bo-Kee’s empire started to crumble. The Hong Kong tycoon allegedly handled £78million in ‘proceeds of crime’, the legal term for money laundering.

Moulin Global Eyecare Holdings, the eyewear company, crumbled after banks called in multi-million-pound debts. Fraud investigations also followed as Ma Bo-Kee was arrested with other directors.


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In 2007, while Hamilton earned his McLaren’s seat, Ma Bo-Kee was ordered to sell all his assets to repay his debtors. Hamilton ended his relationship with Jodia Ma soon after and the rest is history. However, after Jodia Ma, Hamilton dated a host of a-list celebrities.

A look at Lewis Hamilton and his rich dating history after his F1 debut


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After Jodia Ma, Hamilton started dating Nicole Scherzinger, his longest and most public relationship to date. Hamilton started dating the Pussycat Dolls singer the same year as his maiden world championship title, in 2008. The two were in an on-and-off relationship for eight years until their final split in 2015.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 7, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga

After Scherzinger, Hamilton dated a few more women, but never as long as he dated Scherzinger. A few names on his A-list celebrity girlfriends are Winnie Harlow, Sofia Richie, Rihanna, Rita Ora, Barbara Palvin, and Nicki Minaj, among others.


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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

Edited By: Jito Tenson