• Nadiya Hussain with her husband Abdal Hussain. (Twitter)Source: Twitter
The Great British Bake Off champion had an arranged marriage to husband Abdal when she was just 19.
By
Alyssa Braithwaite

16 Aug 2016 - 1:28 PM  UPDATED 16 Aug 2016 - 1:28 PM

Most people count their wedding day as one of the best days of their life, but for British-Bangladeshi baker Nadiya Hussain it was one of her worst.

The 31-year-old television personality married her husband when she was just 19 in an arranged marriage, and spent most of her big day in tears.

"I have to say my wedding day was one of the worst days of my life," Hussein reveals in a new two-part documentary for the BBC, The Chronicles of Nadiya, reports the Mirror.

In the show Hussain returns to Bangladesh for the first time in 11 years and becomes emotional as she attends the wedding of a distant cousin, and recalls her own nuptials.

"One of the unspoken rules is as a bride you have to behave submissively and look downcast. I was an emotional wreck and I cried through the whole thing. I didn't smile very much. You are literally on show and it's something I was always really uncomfortable with. The bride will often keep her head down. I never really understood it. It's bizarre a bride is unhappy on her wedding day when really she should be happy."

Despite the inauspicious beginning to their marriage, the couple went on to have a happy and successful union. They have now been married for 11 years and have three children together.

But Hussain says she will not be arranging her children's weddings.

“If I was the person I am now, I certainly would not have gone into a contract," she said.

"I wouldn’t take out a mortgage contract without knowing how much money I am putting in and what my mortgage is, so why would I sign a marriage contract where I don’t know what I am getting myself into?

"I want something different for my children. I wouldn't dream of arranging a marriage.”

The talented baker, who made the Queen's 90th birthday cake in April, has previously revealed she only met Abdal once before their wedding day - and that was the day they got engaged.

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