Inside Paul Hollywood’s love life – from cheating to ex 29 years younger

As The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens tonight, and much-loved presenter Paul Hollywood will be hoping for a smooth ride – unlike his wild love life.

The classic British TV show has been a constant in the silver-haired chef’s life since 2010, and he’s had a number of partners in that time.

Hollywood’s longest partner was wife Alexandra, who he met while working as a head baker at a Cyprus hotel in 1996 – she was the scuba diving instructor.

Alex said that Paul would often be her only student on the first boat every morning, and would spoil her with warm, buttery croissants, straight from the oven.

“They were filled with a wonderful ganache made from champagne, melted chocolate, cream, and about two gazillion calories,” Alex said at the time.

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Two years later they were happily married after a beautiful Cypriot wedding, and in 2001 had son Josh.

But as Paul’s career took him to the glitz and glamour of the showbiz world, including a successful audition for Bake Off, the marriage sadly came to an end.

In 2013, Hollywood jetted off to co-host The American Baking Competition alongside fellow chef Marcela Vallodolid, who was 12 years his junior. Paul then separated from Alex, after 15 years of marriage, and began dating Valladolid.

“It was the biggest mistake of my life because actually I still love my wife,” he said.

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After their separation, Alex and Paul got back together, explaining: “You’ve just got to get on with life, haven’t you? I’m an eternal optimist, he’s an optimist”.

However, it didn’t last as the couple finally split for good in 2017. Months after his split from Alex, 51-year-old Hollywood started dating a 22-year-old barmaid who he originally met down the pub.

This relationship, with barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam, lasted two years and included a luxury trip to Mauritius in the early days.

Regardless, Monteys-Fullam quietly called it quits with Hollywood.

In the same year as the divorce with Alex was finalised, Hollywood went official with 39-year-old local landlady Melissa Spalding, spending Christmas Day 2019 together at her pub. The couple tied the knot just weeks ago in a wedding ceremony in the Ayia Athanasia chapel which forms part of the luxury Anassa Hotel in Cyprus – the same country where he met his first wife Alex.

Guests at the bash, which included fellow Bake Off judge Prue Leith enjoyed a lavish meal at the hilltop Viklari Castle restaurant, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.

A source described it as a “very tasteful and stylish wedding”, with “a very lively party with loud music and lots of drinking that went on until late into the night”.

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