Inside the Life of Paul Hollywood – Automotive Career, Heartbreak and Marriage to a Diving Instructor
Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood hasn’t always called the title the “sex symbol” he wears today.
The baker, who turns 56 today (March 1), had humble beginnings before rising to stardom on the popular Channel 4 show.
Since rising to fame, the star has amassed a net worth of £11.5million, which he also uses to fund his motor racing hobby.
The petrolhead loves driving an Aston Martin and has even trained and competed in GT races, finishing second at Silverstone in 2015 and first in 2017.
Before joining GBBO, Paul had a career as a head baker in a luxury hotel in Cyprus.
It was there that he met his ex-wife Alex, who was working as a scuba diving instructor at the time.
She previously spoke about the early stages of their relationship with Daily Mail:
Alex explained, “We fell in love very quickly. Two weeks was enough, we both knew that.”
Unfortunately, their demise began to form when a film crew visited the hotel where the couple worked.
Alex is the one who suggested his partner for the opportunity:.
She said at the time: “They put him in front of the camera and you could see how brilliant he was, he was dominating the screen.”
At first, her popularity didn’t affect the two lovebirds’ relationship as Alex recalled that she “felt very safe with Paul” and that they had a “good and happy life” together.
She also said he was “very grounded” and “fame didn’t go to his head at all,” but disaster quickly struck after Paul took a trip.
He was sent to the United States to begin filming the American version of The Great British Bake Off, with co-star Marcela Valladolid, in 2013.
Paul then moved out of the house he shared with Alex.
The father-of-one tried to patch things up with his child’s mother, but soon reverted to his old ways and started dating 23-year-old bartender Summer Monteys-Fullam, which left Alex feeling “he was ‘the man she fell for”.
However, Paul’s relationship with bartender Summer reportedly ended abruptly when he asked her to sign a nondisclosure agreement about their relationship.
They got into a bitter feud and Summer took to Instagram to say he ‘ate Rice Krispies almost every night’, while Paul accused her of ‘orchestrating pictures with the paparazzi’.
Judge is currently in a relationship with Melissa Spalding, with an insider saying the TV star is “happier than she has ever been”.
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