Nadiya Hussain admits she felt ‘utterly naked’ opening up about sexual assault in her new book

Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain has admitted she felt ‘utterly naked’ while opening up about her sexual assault in her new book, ‘Finding My Voice’. 

Nadiya, 34, from London, appeared on Good Morning Britain today where she spoke about her new memoir, which discusses her personal experiences with anxiety, sexual abuse and PTSD. 

Last month, the TV chef revealed she was sexually abused when she was five by a relative in Bangladesh, and attempted to take her own life at the age of 10. 

Appearing on the show this morning, she said that although she felt it was ‘important’ to discuss these topics, she nearly talked herself out of publishing intimate details of her life, but was ultimately convinced by her husband Abdal.

Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain,34, from London,has admitted she felt 'utterly naked' while opening up about her sexual assault in her new book

Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain,34, from London,has admitted she felt 'utterly naked' while opening up about her sexual assault in her new book

Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain,34, from London,has admitted she felt ‘utterly naked’ while opening up about her sexual assault in her new book

She appeared on Good Morning Britain today where she spoke about her new, incredibly personal memoir

She appeared on Good Morning Britain today where she spoke about her new, incredibly personal memoir

She appeared on Good Morning Britain today where she spoke about her new, incredibly personal memoir

 She explained:’I think it is important, things like anxiety, sexual abuse, PTSD are things we don’t talk about enough. 

‘I’m not solving the world’s problems, but I am talking about them, and I think that’s really important I think that’s where we have to start 

‘Of course I feel vulnerable talking about it, I feel utterly naked stood in front of everyone talking about something that is so close to me.’ 

Despite the challenge of speaking out, Nadiya revealed that it’s helped other abuse survivors open up.  

‘I’ve met loads of people who since the book has come out have said “this is the first time I’m talking about it”,’ she said.   

She went on to confess that although she felt it was 'important' to discuss these topics, she nearly talked herself out of publishing intimate details of her life

She went on to confess that although she felt it was 'important' to discuss these topics, she nearly talked herself out of publishing intimate details of her life

She went on to confess that although she felt it was ‘important’ to discuss these topics, she nearly talked herself out of publishing intimate details of her life

‘That’s got to be a good thing, it has to be’. 

Revealing that her husband of 14 years, with whom she shares three children, was the one who urged her to open up, she said: ‘I had to question why I was doing it. 

‘There were moments were I wrote it in and wrote it out. I did that a couple of times and I said to my husband I am not gonna put this in. 

The baker's incredibly personal memoir 'Finding My Voice' discusses her personal experiences with anxiety, sexual abuse and PTSD

The baker's incredibly personal memoir 'Finding My Voice' discusses her personal experiences with anxiety, sexual abuse and PTSD

The baker’s incredibly personal memoir ‘Finding My Voice’ discusses her personal experiences with anxiety, sexual abuse and PTSD

‘And he said why are you doing this?  and I had to think about why I was doing it.’ 

She went on to explain that her book isn’t an autobiography, because she’s ‘still living’ – but a collection of memories which explain how she became the person she is today. 

She said: ‘It’s hard to describe the book, I don’t think you can write an autobiography because you’re still living.

‘It’s a memoir of sorts. I kind of dip in and our from memories of my life and I have put it into the roles that I’ve played. 

‘The things that have made me who I am today, being a mum, a sister a daughter, being a wife.   

‘It was difficult to write because I’ve got no recipes to hide behind, there’s no cake to hide behind.

 Elsewhere in the interview, Nadiya spoke about the moment she realised she had a talent for baking – confessing that it wasn’t until she was 21 she started taking baking seriously. 

Elsewhere on the show, the baker admitted that she didn't know what an oven was, and was shocked in her cookery class when her teacher 'turned on the cupboard'

Elsewhere on the show, the baker admitted that she didn't know what an oven was, and was shocked in her cookery class when her teacher 'turned on the cupboard'

Elsewhere on the show, the baker admitted that she didn’t know what an oven was, and was shocked in her cookery class when her teacher ‘turned on the cupboard’

The baker even admitted that she didn’t know what an oven was, and was shocked in her cookery class when her teacher ‘turned on the cupboard’. 

She said: ‘Cooking is something I’ve always done, baking was something I never did. 

‘I didn’t do it until I was in high school and I didn’t really start until I was 21. 

‘I thought the oven was a cupboard and I went into my cookery school and I was like “why are you turning the cupboard on”.’