Paul Hollywood might have only announced his split from wife Alexandra today – but it looks like his wife has been relying on her girlfriends’ support for months.

Cosying up with six close friends, Alex admitted she wouldn’t know what to do without her all-female support system.

“Evening at the pub with the girls … what would I do without you all!! #girlfriends #sisters #blessed,” she commented on the post back in May.

Earlier today, Alex and her Great British Bake Off husband announced in a joint statement that they’re separating after nearly 20 years of marriage.

Alexandra Hollywood and her friends on a girls’ night out

Paul Hollywood and wife Alexandra Hollywood have split after nearly 20 years of marriage

The Great British Bake Off judge and his wife told the Press Association in a joint statement: “It is with sadness that we have decided to separate.

“Our focus continues to be the happiness of our son, and we would ask the press and public to allow us privacy as a family during this very difficult time.”

Paul and Alex, also a chef, married in 1998, and they have a teenage son together.

Paul married Alexandra within weeks of meeting her in Cyprus where he was working as a head baker.

They previously separated in 2013 when the TV chef admitted to having an affair with Marcela Valladolid, his co-star on the US version of Bake Off.

Marcela Valladolid (left) and fellow judge, Paul Hollywood on “The American Baking Competition”

They reconciled a few months later and he described the incident as “the biggest mistake of my life” in an interview with BBC Radio 5 live at the time.

Just two years ago the TV baker told how he was the happiest he had ever been with wife Alexandra, saying: “We went through a very difficult time but we’re on top right now.”

Paul Hollywood and his wife Alexandra Hollywood attend an after party for the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall'
Paul and his wife Alexandra previously reconciled after his affair

US judge Marcela Valladolid with Great British Bake off Judge Paul Hollywood
US judge Marcela Valladolid with Great British Bake off Judge Paul Hollywood

Alex was heartbroken in July 2013 as Paul’s affair with Marcela emerged.

He went on to date Marcela but they split in the Sept­ember when Paul said he still loved Alex, his wife of 16 years.

The pair – plus son Josh – were reunited and Paul said at the time: “I’m so lucky to have this chance.”

Earlier this month, Hollywood caused controversy when he was photographed sharing an “intimate kiss” with Bake Off winner Candice Brown.

Paul Hollywood was accused of sharing an ‘intimate kiss’ with former Bake Off winner Candice Brown

She laughed off the claims

Last year’s Bake Off winner and the TV judge enjoyed a catch-up when they both attended the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards earlier this month.

They were pictured sharing a peck on the cheek to say goodbye but The Sun were quick to accuse the baking duo of “getting cosy”.

But then Candice – who is newly engaged to her long-term boyfriend Liam Macaulay – laughed off the “snog” with the married TV judge on Twitter.

First, the superstar baker pointed out that they weren’t alone and were joined by Stacey Solomon, journalist Shelaugh Fogarty and staff from Poppy Talent media agency when the “kiss” happened.

“So invisibility cloaks are real. I was so sure you were there all night too!” she tweeted.

Candice is recently engaged

They shrugged off the drama on Twitter

Then she commented on the “snog” itself, pointing out that the kiss was just a display of friendship.

“No kisses or hugs hello or goodbye from now on – handshakes or waves only!” she tweeted.

“I think maybe saluting each other is the way to go?!” journalist Shelagh responded.

“You can’t be shaking someone’s hand, what would the neighbours say! The only way forward is for everyone to live in bubbles,” another Twitter fan joked.

Paul Hollywood shared the sentiment as he retweeted Candice’s tweets on his own account to his 674k followers.



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