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On Monday it was announced that Paul Hollywood and his wife Alexandra had separated after almost 20 years together, with the pair releasing a joint statement to ask for privacy as they cope with the split.
Now it has been reported that Paul’s so-called “intimate kiss” with last year’s Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown was the “final straw” for Paul’s wife – even though Candice, Paul and their friends, including Stacey Solomon, defended the “innocent” photos at the time.
According to sources, although Alex has accepted that there was nothing untoward going on in the images, she was “mortified” by the scrutiny that her relationship faced after the photos appeared online.
An insider explained to The Mirror: “Their marriage was coming to an end anyway but this doubtless accelerated things.
“She found the situation mortifying having the marriage being pored over and the fact it kick-started all this speculation once more.”
Alex previously took Paul back after they split in 2013 when Paul confessed to having an affair with Marcela Valladolid, his co-star on the US version of Bake Off.
The TV judge called the incident “the biggest mistake of my life”, with the star winning his wife back two years later.
Speaking in 2015, Paul said: “We went through a very difficult time but we’re on top right now. There was no let-up but now I feel we’re in a very good place. I think this is the happiest we’ve ever been.”
The pair have one child together, 16-year-old son Josh.
Yahoo Celeb UK have contacted Paul’s reps for comment.