Bake Off's Nadiya Hussain confirms wedding plans: “This time, I will mean the vows”

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The Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain has confirmed that she’s planning another wedding to her husband, Abdal, whom she tied the knot with in 2003 through an arranged marriage.

Speaking to the Mirror, Hussain said: “Well, we’ve had the Islamic marriage, but we want to have the proper ceremony now.

“Last time I didn’t get to pick my dress, flowers, or even the groom. Plus I actually quite like my husband now, so I will mean the vows.”

The talented chef added: “He still has a fat a*se, though. It was the first thing I noticed.”

While the arranged marriage clearly worked out for Hussain and her husband (she’s often thanked Abdal for being “lovely” and instilling her with a strong sense of self-belief), the Bake Off winner revealed that she would not consider organising a sponsored_longform for her three children, Musa, Dawud, and Maryam.

“Nah,” she replied, when asked as much. “When they’re older I’d rather be on a cruise ship chilling out than looking for husbands and wives for them. Traditions evolve, and when they’re old enough I’d rather they picked someone.

“I want to be in a sports car with Abdal on a road trip having fun instead.”

Hussain has been very busy since her time on The Great British Bake Off; the talented chef has made the Queen a special birthday cake, starred in her own television show, The Chronicles of Nadiya, released a number of cookbooks, and penned her own novel, The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters.

However she shows no signs of slowing down any time soon; she’s got two more novels in the works, not to mention that rumoured TV collaboration with Mary Berry, Sue Perkins, and Mel Giedroyc to look forward to.

Hussain, who was born in Luton and has Bangladeshi parents, has been widely recognised as breaking down false and negative stereotypes about Muslim women. During her appearance on Desert Island Discs, presenter Kirsty Young told Hussain that her fame has been credited with doing “more for race relations than any government initiative”.

Despite this,the 32-year-old has said that she is still prepared to encounter racism.

“It sounds really silly because I feel like that’s just become part of my life now. I expect it. Absolutely I expect it,” she explained.

“I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused because it happens and it’s been happening for years.”

Hussain, however, continues to live her life with grace and dignity – and prefers not to respond to racist abuse.

“I feel like there’s a dignity in silence,” she said. “If somebody’s being negative I need to be the better person.

“I don’t want my children to have a negative attitude to living in the UK. Yes there are those negative people but they’re the minority.

“I love being British, I love being here and this is my home. I don’t want my kids to grow up with a chip on their shoulder.”

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