A spectacular row broke out between Paul Hollywood’s estranged wife and his new 23-year-old lover while both were shopping in Marks & Spencer, it has been reported.
Alex Hollywood, 54, is alleged to have hurled foul-mouthed insults at Summer Monteys-Fullam when the two bumped into each other at a store in Canterbury, Kent on Tuesday.
That’s according to
Alex and Paul (pictured in 2015), who have a 16-year-old son together, announced their split in November 2017
Speaking to the paper, one witness claimed to have heard Alex telling Summer: ‘Do you know how much you’ve hurt my son?’
While a stunned onlooker is reported to have said: ‘I was totally disgusted by the language. She called the younger woman a sl*t and wh*re.
‘It’s just not the sort of behaviour you expect at Marks and Sparks.’
The Marks & Spencer fracas is even alleged to have resulted in police being called, having initially started at the checkout before spilling out into the car park.
With a friend of Alex telling The Sun: ‘The other women started verbally abusing her. Alex was shaken and called the police.’
Hollywood began dating Summer Monteys-Fullam (pictured), who was 23 at the time, after meeting her in the pub where he was planning a birthday party for his wife
Kent Police confirmed to the newspaper that it had been sent to reports of a disturbance, with a spokesman saying: ‘Enquiries were carried out in which all parties involved were given words of advice.’
The Sun also reported that a spokesman for Alex had confirmed an ‘unpleasant incident’ at a supermarket, and that one for Paul had declined to comment.
Alex and Paul, who have a 16-year-old son together, announced their split in November 2017.
In an interview with today’s Daily Mail Weekend magazine, Alex said it was ‘hard to stay married these days’ because modern couples do not treat the union with as much sanctity as their parents’ generation.
The cookery writer, whose recipes feature in today’s Weekend magazine, revealed that she stood by her husband after his first affair for the sake of their teenage son.
But in her first newspaper interview since the breakdown of her marriage to the Bake Off judge, she admitted his second affair – with a local barmaid – was too much to forgive.
Speaking to Weekend magazine’s Jenny Johnston, she said: ‘That one was different. It happened again and it was a done deal, my marriage was over. From the minute I knew, it was over. It is over. There is nothing.’
Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood was seen for the first time with his new love interest Summer Monteys-Fullam while on a boat
Hollywood began dating Summer Monteys-Fullam, who was 23 at the time, after meeting her in the pub where he was planning a birthday party for his wife.
Soon enough, she said, their entire village knew about his indiscretion. ‘Everyone knows me. They all knew Paul. It’s a small community. Everyone knows what went on,’ she said.
Within weeks of their relationship coming to light, Hollywood and his young girlfriend were spotted on a romantic holiday together.
‘It’s such a big thing to comprehend, to end a marriage,’ Mrs Hollywood said. ‘But I had to do the right thing, and to have self-respect as well…
‘Any marriage is about respect and loyalty and friendship. Also self-respect, and I respect myself.’
They married in 1998, but in 2013 he had an affair with Marcela Valladolid, 34, his TV co-star on the US version of Bake Off.
Mrs Hollywood said she stayed with her husband for the sake of their son Josh, and because she ‘believed I was doing the right thing’. ‘I think everybody’s entitled to one mistake,’ she said.
She said she has since started making bread because she finds it ‘therapeutic’, but admits she ‘never really needed to’ before last year.
‘I think it’s so hard to stay married these days,’ she added. ‘Everything is so moveable, so transient. People don’t take things… well, they think of marriage in a different way than they did in my parents’ time.
‘I just think it’s sad, because there’s an awful lot more to marriage than just two people hooking up because they like each other. It’s about friendship.’
But she said that despite the public humiliation of her husband’s relationship with his much younger girlfriend, she refused to blame herself.
‘Look, I did everything I felt I could,’ she said. ‘What you’ve got to hold on to is the reality, which is that the affair is not about the person who is not having the affair – it’s about the one who is.’
She added: ‘A lot of people go through divorce and it’s horrible. Splitting up is awful. But you can survive it, you can get through. You can start saying, ‘I’m still here. I’m me. I have a life. I’m 54. Life’s not over yet’.’