ISIS bride Shamima Begum begs British people to forgive her for 'making a mistake'

By Kirsty McCormack

ISIS bride Shamima Begum appeared on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday where she spoke to Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid about her current situation.

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

When Susanna asked why the British public should forgive her, Shamima replied: "Because I made a mistake at a very young age, most young people don’t know what they want to do with their lives.

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

When Susanna went on to describe ISIS as a "death cult," Shamima was adamant that she didn't know how bad ISIS was.

ISIS bride Shamima Begum appeared on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday (ITV)

"I thought it was an Islamic community," she said, before continuing: "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," she added.

Asked why she had decided to stay with ISIS, she said: "Because it was not possible to leave at all, you had to find connections.

"My husband, after he came out of prison, he was being watched very closely by ISIS. You also needed to have a lot of money and we didn't have access to any."

Susanna was keen to ask Shamima about comments she had previously made about the Manchester bombings.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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