Our hearts go out to Nadiya Hussain

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has opened up about suffering from anxiety – and how it started with a racial attack as a child.

On Monday’s episode of Loose Women, the baker revealed how her anxiety was triggered at the age of seven after bullies attacked her in a classroom.

Nadiya explained: ‘When I remember that moment distinctly, I was seven-years-old and I was at school and I used to get bullied a lot for my skin, because I had dark skin.

‘These boys, they kind of held me up against the whiteboard… you know when we were younger we had the chalkboards and the chalk would all fall at the bottom.

‘They held me against this chalkboard, they got the chalk dust and they smothered my face in it.’

This confession provoked a gasp from the audience.

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‘I remember that moment being stood there and thinking “everybody’s looking at me. Everyone’s watching me. I don’t know what to do”.

‘Every time I have that feeling it reminds me of that moment.’

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The 31-year-old also revealed that she suffered from anxiety quite badly while filming the Great British Bake Off and that she would snap a rubber band against her wrist to distract her.

Nadiya Hussain has also spoken out in the past about receiving ‘so many negative comments’ about her faith since appearing on the show.

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