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The nation fell in love with Nadiya Hussain when she competed in and consequently won the BBC’s Gre...

Nadiya Hussain Admits She Suffers Islamophobic Abuse

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The nation fell in love with Nadiya Hussain when she competed in and consequently won the BBC’s Great British Bake Off last year, but the TV star has revealed that she often suffers Islamophobic abuse when out and about.

This really isn’t okay.

Speaking to The Times, Nadiya admitted that terrorist attacks carried out across Europe have affected her day-to-day life in Britain.

She explained: “I am proud of who I am despite all the negativity that we get.

"After every Islamic terrorist attack, I walk out of the door with a cloud over my head. If I’m on the train, people will sit away from me. Or God forbid I’ve got a rucksack or a suitcase…

"I’ve been shoved waiting for a bus and had things thrown at me.”

Still, a determined Nadiya says that none of the negative experiences make her want to “blend in” more, adding that the people who abuse her are “definitely in the minority.”

She explained: “It’s nice living in England and we are, I think, a very integrated society.

"I’m a third generation Bangladeshi and it’s taken up to the third generation to just about get comfortable. Even then, I’ve got people in my generation who live in these insular societies.

"The bits that haven’t integrated are the minority and I think that things will change.”

We certainly hope so, and kudos to Nadiya for speaking out on such an important issue.

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