Reality television can get a little dramatic and over the top. That’s a big reason why The Great American Baking Show and its parent series, The Great British Bake-Off (called the Great British Baking Show in the U.S.) are such breaths of fresh air. Seriously, the biggest nail-biter in a given episode is whether the judge will shake somebody’s hand in approval. The show’s low-stakes nature is especially ironic given the on-again- off-again saga of head judge Paul Hollywood and his wife, Alex.
Seriously, buckle in, this story has some twists and turns.
So, did Paul Hollywood have an affair?
Paul and Alexandra Hollywood have been fairly regular tabloid fare across the pond over the last five years. The couple had a very public separation, reconciliation, and re-separation, but the sordid story is probably less familiar with American fans.
Funnily enough, the reason they split was Paul’s affair with his former American co-host Marcela Valladolid, which he admitted to in a candid 2013 interview with BBC Radio 5.
“It was the biggest mistake of my life,” he said of the affair, “because actually I still love my wife… we are talking, working together, but it’s going to take time.”
He was also taken aback by the public attention on his personal life. “I was shocked about the whole thing kicking off the way it did… but I deserved it and I’ve taken it. It was my punishment.”
Seems Paul didn’t learn from the “biggest mistake of his life,” though.
Are Paul Hollywood and his wife back together?
Not anymore! Though they reconciled briefly, Paul, 52, had another affair, this time with 20-something pub server Summer Monteys-Fullam. There was actually some pretty A+ shade on Alex’s Instagram shortly after the news became public.
A cook in her own right with some bestselling cookbooks under her belt, Alex shared an Instagram post about her “Easy Summer Berry Tart” recipe that was pretty well-timed with the news of her ex’s dalliances.
Paul and the young waitress deny that their relationship began before he and Alex called it quits (again), but the baker’s estranged wife has a different story to tell. She reportedly named Summer in her divorce filing and cited “adultery” as the cause of the split.
Is Paul Hollywood still with Summer?
It’s unclear whether Paul is single once again or still enjoying his May-December romance with Summer, a former model who reportedly now lives with Paul. The pair took a romantic getaway in Cyprus this past August — which, incidentally, is where Paul and his soon-to-be-ex-wife met more than 20 years ago — but according to the Daily Mail there was bickering, and Summer left the holiday early, leading to rumors they’d split.
Paul hasn’t said a word about his relationship status to the press, but he and Summer were spotted together amid the rumors and Summer told a reporter, “I am still with Paul,” adding, ‘It’s nothing to do with any of you lot.”
And that’s how the cookie — or should I say biscuit? — crumbles. Sorry, I’ll see myself out.