Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown talks "hurtful" negative comments and *that* famous lipstick!

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Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown has told Loose Women that it was "hurtful" to receive negative comments online following her appearance on the baking show.

Among all the support PE teacher Candice has received, there has been the odd negative comment too - although, Candice didn't take it lying down and fired back a slew of sassy responses.

Candice Brown, GBBO winner, on Loose Women, ITV
27 October


Speaking on Loose Women on Thursday, she admitted that responding in her own way had actually helped her deal with her social media critics.

Candice said: "It's hurtful. I thought, 'Oh I'm making cakes, this is alright,' and then bam, [they're saying] 'Look at your face,' or bam, 'Look at this.'

"It's not in my nature to be mean, I'm not that sort of person at all, but I thought, if I just answer back in a way like tweeting, 'Well okay, I hope you have a lovely day today,' and, 'You don't spell my surname like that, it's spelt this way,' that would actually help me."

Bake Off fans saw Candice go head-to-head with Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth in last night's final (26 October), but despite impressing judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with her in-credible bakes and winning the show, Candice still had to put up with some Twitter users overlooking her talents.

One user had commented that Candice only made the final because of her "lipstick", prompting Candice to reply: "Oh man you saw right through me, definitely only in the final because of lipstick! #lipstickoffnotbakeoff #haveawordwithP&M."

But Candice insisted any negativity she gets online is nothing compared to the support she's received since being on Bake Off: "It's hurtful and it's not nice, but actually that's a tiny, tiny amount [of people]. The support is lovely."

Candice Brown, Great British Bake Off
26 October

© BBC/Supplied by WENN

And, of course, she did address her trademark painted lip which became a talking point of this year's Great British Bake Off.

From bright reds to vampy purples, Candice *always* had her lipstick on - apart from one week when she appeared to let her lips go nude. Turns out, her lipstick had just completely come off. We've all been there.

Candice said: "I've always worn [lipstick]. When I went on there I thought, 'I'm not going to go on looking like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards,' not at the beginning anyway, at the end it was very much dragged through a hedge backwards and covered in chocolate...

"I love lipstick and I've always worn it. Heels and lipstick... what else can you bake in?"

Well, when you put it like that Candice!

During the final, Candice carried out a mammoth stint in the tent that included baking a four-tiered meringue, a Victoria sponge cake, a chocolate cake, and 48 sausage rolls, savoury scones, quiches and fruit tarts fit for a picnic.

Candice Brown wins the Great British Bake Off
26 October

© BBC/Supplied by WENN

She won a handshake from Paul for her meringue, came second in the technical for her Victoria sponge and totally nailed her picnic spread. After announcing her as their winner, Mary said: "Candice has determination and passion. She has really excelled and everything always looked gorgeous," while Paul added: "When she nails it, she's one of the best."

At the time of her win, Candice gushed how much it had meant to her, but she has since revealed she felt like "nothing had changed" despite having the Bake Off trophy in her hands.

Why you ask? Bake Off is pre-recorded and Candice had to hide the fact she had been crowned this year's winner until the final finally aired on BBC. So, instead of celebrating, Candice revealed she actually woke up and went to work the next day, pretending nothing had happened.

She told The Sun: "I went straight to bed and got up for work early the next morning, I couldn't talk about it and nothing had changed. I questioned whether it happened. I kept [the trophy] well hidden, even though I would have liked to wear it round my neck all the time."

It has since been reported that Candice is set to earn over a £1 million thanks to her win and could now bag herself a slew of TV work, book deals and even a make-up range.

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