Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein has posed for the first time with her family for an exclusive shoot with HELLO! magazine. The 30-year-old’s victory in the BBC series was the most-watched television show of the year. And Nadiya, who poses for HELLO! with husband Abdal and their children Musa, nine, eight-year-old Dawud and Maryam, five, said that she is ready for the next chapter of her life – despite nearly quitting the show before she even made her debut.
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“Before I did Bake Off I did wonder if, after ten years of being at home, I was work ready. When I was called for the final 12 I nearly rang to tell them I couldn’t do it. My speech when I won came from somewhere deep. It was all about the boundaries I put on myself. But with each week of Bake Off another boundary fell away until I felt completely open and free to run as far as I wanted. I feel there’s nothing I can't do.
“I know life will change completely now and I think we’re all ready for it as a family. For me, I just want to keep baking and cooking. I’d love to do telly and write a book and whatever else comes along, nothing’s sealed yet. None of this feels like work, it feels like fun. I’m having such an amazing time, I never imagined I would enjoy it so much. I want to grab it with both hands and say 'It’s mine!’”
In the interview, Nadiya also talks about her husband Abdal’s new heart-throb status, which he gained after appearing at the final.
“I believe he’s what you’d call a dreamboat, that’s what it says in the papers," she said. "Or 'the Hottie with the Cappucino Skin!’ That’s what I call him now.
"It’s not all that surprising though because he is lovely and quite handsome."
In the interview, Nadiya also talks about gaining three stone after having her children – and reveals how she lost the weight.
“After I was married and a mum, I got comfortable, my husband loved me, the house was warm, I was happy. I was a size 16/18.
“I decided three years ago to do something about my weight. I briefly tried meal replacements and lost a stone but they didn’t suit me. Instead, I just ate smaller portions of food and walked a lot. I would do five miles before the kids got up and then go out again in the evening. I also drank around 4L of water a day. Gradually, over nine months I lost three stone.”
And Nadiya also reflects on how her cultural heritage has supposedly turned her into a very modern role model.
"From everyone’s responses it seems I’m representing Muslims, Bangladeshis, Luton, Leeds, stay-at-home mums, wives, mothers, the list seems to get bigger," says Nadiya. "But it’s actually a fantastic thing that so many people on so many levels can relate to me. That feels like quite a privilege."
To read more of the interview with Nadiya, pick up the latest issue of HELLO! magazine, out now.