Shamima Begum says she’s taken off hijab as she ‘doesn’t have her son anymore’

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ISIS bride Shamima Begum has revealed she 'didn't feel like herself' in her hijab as she asks the UK to allow her to stand trial for terror offences.

In her first-ever live television interview, the now 21-year-old looked rather different wearing Western clothes with her hair visible and painted nails.

The east London schoolgirl who fled her home in 2015 to join the so-called Islamic State terror group in Syria had her British citizenship revoked by the Home Office on national security grounds.

However, she now claims she is getting back to her old self and believes she can be better.

She said: "I'm in a different camp, obviously. I have friends now. I have a security shield now around me with my friends and I feel more confident in myself.

"I obviously don't have my son anymore so I only have to think about my safety so if I do get attacked for taking my hijab off, it's on me.

"While I'm in this camp, I'm trying to change myself. I'm trying to better myself, because I can."

  • Shamima Begum begs UK for forgiveness on GMB while donning Nike cap and long hair

The young woman, who fled the country when she was 15, denied being directly involved in terrorist preparations.

She told GMB: "I am willing to go to court and face the people who made these claims and refute these claims, because I know I did nothing in IS but be a mother and a wife."

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