‘It was one of the worst days of my life’: Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain on her arranged marriage
Published 15/08/2016 | 14:40
Nadiya Hussain, the reigning winner of the Great British Bake Off, has opened up about her arranged marriage and said her wedding day was “one of the worst days” of her life.
The baker, who is the subject of a new BBC documentary which sees her travel to Bangladesh for the first time in 11 years, spoke about her wedding day and said she cried for the majority of it.
“I have to say my wedding day was one of the worst days of my life. One of the unspoken rules is as a bride you have to behave submissively and look downcast,” she said in the programme.
"I was an emotional wreck and I cried through the whole thing. I didn’t smile very much. You are literally on show and it’s something I was always really uncomfortable with. The bride will often keep her head down. I never really understood it.
“It’s bizarre a bride is unhappy on her wedding day, when really she should be happy.”
However, Nadiya revealed that she soon fell in love with her husband Abdal and said she was lucky to have been paired with such a supportive and loving man. The pair have three children together, but she said that she has a different path planned for them.
“If I was the person I am now, I certainly would not have gone into a contract. I wouldn’t take out a mortgage contract without knowing how much money I am putting in and what my mortgage is, so why would I sign a marriage contract where I don’t know what I am getting myself into?
“I want something different for my children. I wouldn’t dream of arranging a marriage.”