The Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Jamir Hussain has revealed her relief at finally being able to talk about her win.
She said: “I can’t even say it, because we’ve spent so long keeping it a secret. I feel like I’m doing something wrong.”
There were times when she was “teetering on the edge” of giving it away before the final, she said.
“There have been a couple of times when I’ve been like, ‘Oh God! It’s coming out! Pull yourself together!’.”
The Luton-born 30-year-old, who now lives in Leeds, said: “I haven’t slept for the last 24 hours. It’s been mad. It’s really hard to sleep when you’re on a high.
“I’m trying to soak it all in, enjoy every moment, and then take it as it comes.”
Speaking at a photocall and book signing for hundreds of fans at Waterstones in London’s Piccadilly, she said: “Now that people stop us and chat with us – it’s weird, it’s surreal, but it’s so much fun to know there are people out there supporting you.”