Nadiya Hussain says her family’s experiences of Islamophobia made them ‘stay at home’


‘We’ve been called terrorists’: Nadiya Hussain admits it’s become ‘normal’ for her family to face vile Islamophobia and it’s caused them to ‘stay at home’


Nadiya Hussain has shared insight into her family’s experiences of Islamophobia, after she and her daughter were called ‘terrorists’. 

Speaking on Times Radio, the TV chef, 36, explained that in the wake of recent terror attacks in the UK, such abuse has become ‘normal’ for her family, and has made them more inclined to ‘stay at home’.

She said: ‘Not long ago, I was out with my daughter and it was post a terror attack and I had somebody called myself and my daughter terrorists.

Candid: Nadiya Hussain has shared insight into her family’s experiences of Islamophobia, after she and her daughter were called ‘terrorists’

‘And that’s something that’s, I suppose, I shouldn’t have to say this, but it has become normal.

‘So when things like that happen, we kind of tend to stay at home a little bit more because we know that the kids might experience something like it. 

Nadiya, who is the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, went on to describe the difficulty in explaining the racism to her children.

Awful: The TV chef, 36, explained that the incident had become 'normal' and caused her and her family to 'stay at home'

Awful: The TV chef, 36, explained that the incident had become ‘normal’ and caused her and her family to ‘stay at home’

She explained: ‘My children have experienced it and it’s a really difficult one to explain to kids. 

‘It’s really tough to explain to children, but unfortunately, that’s something that they’re going to experience in their own lives. 

‘All we can do is create a safe and happy environment for them at home because I can’t control what happens outside.’

It comes after Nadiya recently revealed how winning The Great British Bake Off gave her confidence to grow in her own skin and realise that ‘brown is beautiful’.

Speaking to woman&home, she said: ‘Since winning the show, the biggest personal change has been a growth in confidence.

‘The confidence to exist in my skin, to know that brown is beautiful, and to believe that I’m good at my job and not to constantly be in a state of gratitude.

‘I am grateful for every opportunity, but I’m also very good at my job. It’s taken a long time for me to say that.’

Islamophobia: Nadiya, who is the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, went on to describe the difficulty in explaining the racism to her children

Islamophobia: Nadiya, who is the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, went on to describe the difficulty in explaining the racism to her children

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