Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood and estranged wife Alex divorce in just 10 seconds after 19 years of marriage – The Sun
PAUL Hollywood was granted a divorce from his estranged wife Alex in just 10 seconds today after 19 years of marriage.
The Great British Bake Off star, 53, split from Alexandra Hollywood, 55, in 2017 after 19 years of marriage.
The couple first separated in 2013 after Paul admitted to having an affair with his co-star Marcela Valladolid on the US version of Bake Off.
The reconciled a few months later and at the time he described the affair as "the biggest mistake of my life" in an interview with BBC Radio 5 live.
Paul, 53, who is dating 24-year-old barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam, faces a £5million payout to Alex after their acrimonious split in 2017.
Their case was listed to be heard by District Judge Robert Duddridge at the Central Family Court in London.
He granted a decree nisi, which is the first step towards the estranged couple's divorce being finalised.
Now a divorce petitioner has to wait six weeks and a day to apply for a decree absolute – the final dissolution of the marriage.
Earlier this month, Judge Martin O'Dwyer was told a week-long trial will begin on July 22 to resolve financial remedy proceedings, which means to settle their dispute in court.
However, Paul's legal team confirmed yesterday the trial will no longer go ahead after the couple came to an agreement with the court's approval.
This divorce comes after Paul spent thousands on his girlfriend for her 24th birthday.
He showered her in gifts at the Chester horse races by paying for a £330-a-head private box.
Summer enjoyed £80-a-pop Laurent-Perrier champagne. She also drank Pimms and downed some shots given to her by pals.
Paul bought Summer a £9,000 hot tub for her birthday.
He also bought her a £9,000 ring and a £1,000 Rottweiler pup earlier this year.
Judge O'Dwyer previously imposed reporting restrictions preventing the publishing of information related to their finances, but not on any information which was "legitimately in the public domain".
Adam Wolanski QC, Paul's barrister, express concerned over newspaper reports containing financial information was leaked.
Alex, 54, who has an 18-year-old son with the TV judge, told London’s High Court she had not spilled details about his financial worth.
They include a story in The Sun on Sunday that revealed his companies raked in £9.1million last year.
Adam Wolanski QC said: “We do not know whether these leaks came from the wife.
“But we are very anxious about leaks and making sure that nothing is reported wrongly.
Alexander Chandler, representing Alex, said: “She wants to make it absolutely clear that she was not the source of the story in The Sun on Sunday.”
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