GREAT British Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain has told how she was sexually assaulted by a relative when she was just five.
The 34-year-old said her horrific ordeal contributed to a suicide attempt and left her with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Nadiya Hussain said she was abused by a relative when she was five[/caption]
Nadiya has writes about the Bangladesh attack in her forthcoming memoir, Finding My Voice.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, the chef said: “I’ve only told my sisters recently and, growing up, I had a close friend at school who I told. It turned out a very similar thing had happened to her.
“It’s important to talk about it because it probably happens much more than we care to talk about.
“If that happened to my children, I don’t even want to say what I would do. I have no words.”
During the interview, Nadiya also reveals how she was bullied at school for being “too dark”.
The chef said she was left with PTSD following the attack in Bangladesh[/caption]
Nadiya, pictured with GBBO presenter Zoe Ball[/caption]
And when she first heard the word suicide, aged ten, she thought it could be a “bus ticket”.
She explained: “I can only equate it to a feeling similar to being able to buy a bus ticket.
“It was, like, ‘What? I can buy this ticket and I can just go and I’d never get bullied again?’”
She told the publication how she tried to overdose on tablets but was interrupted by the news that her mother was pregnant with her brother. She then decided to live on for her sibling’s sake.
The star shot to fame when she won The Great British Bake Off back in 2015, carving a lucrative career for herself through other foodie TV shows and her popular cookery books.
She was the sixth champion to have won the hit show.
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During the final, she baked 16 iced buns, a raspberry-flavoured mille-feuille, and a multi-layered cake called “My Big Fat British Wedding Cake”.
During her acceptance speech, she said: “I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it.
“I’m never gonna say ‘maybe’. I’m never gonna say, ‘I don’t think I can.’ I can and I will.”
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