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Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain happy to let children choose partners

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has said she is "unlikely" to arrange the marriages of her children.

The mother-of-three had her own marriage arranged, but she told ITV's Loose Women panel she will let her children find their own partners.

Hussain married husband Abdal when she was 19 in a union arranged by their parents.

"I'd want my kids to go out there and it's very different to what my life was like 11 years ago and things are going to change for them," she told the show.

"I do not need the hassle of finding them a husband or a wife, so I'll happily let them go and find their own partners."

As Hussain recalled her first meeting with her husband-to-be, panellist Andrea McLean had to apologise when she used the word "ass".

Hussain said her sister got the first glimpse of him, and she told her he was "very good looking but he's got an enormous butt".

She added: "Now when I met him for the first time the first thing I wanted to look at was his butt. I was like, I wanted to check if this ass was as huge... it's still very much there."

During the BBC baking show, her husband gained his own throng of admirers who dubbed him a "dreamboat".

But she told Loose Women: "It's great to be good looking and to like each other and have that attraction, but the hard bit is after you get married."

Hussain said she met her husband for the first time on the day they got engaged, and for the second time on their wedding day itself.

They have now been married for 11 years and have three children: sons Musa and Dawud and daughter Maryam.

Her husband was evidently watching her first appearance on the show and, after a teaser about what she might reveal, he tweeted: "What do I need to be afraid of, Gulp!"

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