‘A bit of me regrets not doing it’: GBBO’s Nadiya Hussain turned down I’m A Celebrity

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She was crowned the winner of the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off.

But Nadiya Hussain has revealed she turned down the opportunity to appear on the 2020 series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 

The baking aficionado, 35, admitted she was deterred by the harsh conditions at the ITV show’s Gwrych Castle, but a part of her already ‘regrets not doing it’.

Decline: Nadiya Hussain recently opened up about why she turned down the opportunity to appear on the 2020 series of I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Decline: Nadiya Hussain recently opened up about why she turned down the opportunity to appear on the 2020 series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 

She said during an interview with The Guardian on Tuesday: ‘I got asked to do I’m A Celebrity this year, and a bit of me regrets not doing it. 

‘It’s just so cold in Wales, if I’m going to have cockroaches in my pants I’d rather it be in the sun, thanks. Still, I can’t help wondering what it would have been like.’

According to Nadiya, appearing on television changes your perception of a show, and that was the reason why she also declined the chance to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

The Bake Off winner added: ‘I got asked to do Strictly, but I said no. I love the idea, but [I] have no rhythm and I enjoy watching it too much, once you see how a programme works from the inside, it changes how you see it.’

Maybe next time: The baking aficionado, 35, admitted she was deterred by the harsh conditions at the ITV show's Gwrych Castle, but a part of her already 'regrets not doing it'

Maybe next time: The baking aficionado, 35, admitted she was deterred by the harsh conditions at the ITV show’s Gwrych Castle, but a part of her already ‘regrets not doing it’

Nadiya also recently opened up about her struggle to feel the ‘textbook rush of love’ for her first child, Musa, when he was born.

Speaking on Spinning Plates, a podcast hosted by Sophie Ellis-Bextor,  she said she only felt the ‘rush of love’ a few weeks after her son, now 14, was born.  

She said: ‘As a mum, you’re constantly told and you read that you’ll get this rush of emotions and you’re going to feel love like you’ve never felt before. 

‘When you’re anticipating that, it’s the worst thing because, when you don’t know, you can’t quite pinpoint whether you’ve felt it yet.

Missing out: According to Nadiya, appearing on television changes your perception of a show, and it was the reason why she also declined the chance to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

Missing out: According to Nadiya, appearing on television changes your perception of a show, and it was the reason why she also declined the chance to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

‘So I remember after I’d had him, I was like have I felt that yet? You expect the bells and the whistles and the fireworks and I was like, why haven’t I felt it? When does it come?’  

The 2015 Bake Off winner went on to explain how she had around 60 stitches and a fourth-degree tear. She wasn’t able to stand for six hours and had a catheter bag fitted. 

She added that it was hard to find the joy in the moment as she was in and out of consciousness and vomiting. 

It wasn’t until a few weeks later, after her husband Adbal went back to work that she experienced the textbook rush of emotions she was told about. 

Initially, she was unsure about being left alone, explaining that she sobbed because she didn’t know whether she could do it on her own.   

The baker said: ‘It was in that moment where he had gone when I had that textbook moment where they say you feel that rush of love genuinely. 

‘It was a few weeks later where he had gone off to work and I realised that like this little human being needs me. 

‘And in that moment, I realised I think I needed him more. And that was when I felt it.’ 

Candid: Nadiya is the mother to sons Musa, 14, Dawud, 13, and daughter, Maryam, 10, and  she recently discussed her struggle to feel the 'textbook rush of love' when her first child was born (pictured in 2016)

Candid: Nadiya is the mother to sons Musa, 14, Dawud, 13, and daughter, Maryam, 10, and  she recently discussed her struggle to feel the ‘textbook rush of love’ when her first child was born (pictured in 2016)

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