Advert

Shamima Begum Apologises For 'Making A Mistake' In First Live TV Interview

Published 
| Last updated 

Shamima Begum Apologises For 'Making A Mistake' In First Live TV Interview

Shamima Begum has spoken to Good Morning Britain in her first ever live television interview, and has begged the British public to forgive her for 'making a mistake'.

The now 21-year-old, who left the UK to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria at the age of 15, spoke with hosts Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid on ITV's flagship morning show today.

During the interview, Begum was asked by Reid why the British public should forgive her, and told the hosts: "Because I made a mistake at a very young age, most young people don't know what they want to do with their lives.

Advert

"I know it's very hard for the British people to try and forgive me."

Reid later described ISIS as a 'death cult', to which Begum responded that - when she left the UK - she had no idea how bad they actually were.

Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain
Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain

She said: "I thought it was an Islamic community,

Advert

"I think - yes - I was groomed and taken advantage of.

"I did not know that there was war...

"Well, I did know there was a war, but not where women and children were living. I did not know that ISIS were trying to take over the world.

"The reason I came to Syria was not for any violent reasons, I did not want to hurt anyone in Syria or anywhere else in the world."

Advert

She added: "At the time I did not know it (so-called Islamic State) was a death cult, I thought it was an Islamic community I was joining.

"I was being fed a lot of information on the internet by people."

Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain
Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain

Begum, who had her UK citizenship revoked by the Home Office over concerns regarding national security in 2019, apologised for her actions and asked the public for forgiveness on several occasions.

Advert

She said: "I know it's very hard for the British people to try and forgive me because they have lived in fear of Isis and lost loved ones because of Isis, but I also have lived in fear of Isis and I also lost loved ones because of Isis, so I can sympathise with them in that way.

"I know it is very hard for them to forgive me but I say from the bottom of my heart that I am so sorry if I ever offended anyone by coming here, if I ever offended anyone by the things I said."

She then added: "If ISIS were to come back now and say, 'who wants to join us?' and 'whoever doesn't join us we'll kill them', I'd rather die."

And in regards to her new appearance, Begum admitted she hasn't worn her hijab for over a year and she 'took it off for herself'.

Advert

"I felt very constricted in the hijab, I felt I was not myself and I feel it makes me happier to not wear a hijab... I'm not doing it for anyone but myself."

Featured Image Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain

Topics: World News, UK News, Shamima Begum

Tom Wood
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

News

Alec Baldwin Speaks Out For First Time After Fatally Shooting Halyna Hutchins On Set

a day ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Entertainment

Paul Walker's Daughter Meadow Gets Married

11 hours ago