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Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain claims 'it's really scary to be a Muslim right now'

Mirror logo Mirror 09/06/2018 Karen Rockett

a person wearing a scarf © PA Bake Off champ Nadiya Hussain has admitted: “It’s really scary to be a Muslim right now.”

The 33-year-old mum-of-three, who is one of Britain’s most high-profile Muslims having won the BBC’s Great British Bake-Off series in 2015, says her kids are confused by the hostility towards their religion in the UK. 

Nadiya said “My kids say ‘Mummy, do people not like Muslims?’”

a woman sitting at a table smiling for the camera: She stormed to victory on BBC's Great British Bake Off in 2015 © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited She stormed to victory on BBC's Great British Bake Off in 2015 Nadiya, who turned down a place at university to enter into an arranged marriage aged 19 with a man called Abdal, says she suffers a lot of Islamophobic abuse on social media.

a close up of a man smiling for the camera: Nadiya with her husband Abdal © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Nadiya with her husband Abdal She said: “I have to justify my existence all the time. I’m a bittle bit of everything. I’m bronw. I’m Muslim. I cover my hair.

“I claim to be British at the same time so I get abuse from every angle.

“I’m never a good enough Muslim. I’m not a good enough Brit. I’m not a good enough Bangladeshi.

“I think three years ago I would have just sat there and taken it, not now, I’ll say something.”

a man wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Nadiya said she often feels like she's 'never a good enough Muslim' © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Nadiya said she often feels like she's 'never a good enough Muslim' The Luton-born cook, whose husband filled in her Bake Off application form and looked after their kids while she took part in the competition, says she is fed up of being told to go back “home.” 

She tells Twitter followers about her religion and defends and explains Muslim practices to them in an attempt to make those who troll her more enlightened.

She observes Ramadan and fasts but says her three children, aged 7 to 11, are too young to.

a group of people standing around a cake: Nadiya baked a cake for the Queen's 90th birthday © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Nadiya baked a cake for the Queen's 90th birthday But she adds: “I decorate the house - I put little fairy lights all over the place and it is almost like Christmas for 30 days.

“I think it’s a lovely thing that my kids are proud to be Muslim.”

Labour-voting Hussain also says she finds Jeremy Corbyn “endearing” and is as you would expect is anti-Brexit.

Speaking in the Weekend magazine yesterday she said she recently turned down an offer to do Strictly but added that apart from variosu cookery prjects in the pipeline, she wouldn’t mind a shot at I’m a Celebrity.

“The jungle would be fun. Iwould love to eat a lot of stuff that si disgusting,” she laughs.

Related: The Big Family Cooking Showdown: BBC Two's answer to GBBO (Press Association)

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