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'The Great British Bake-Off' Isn't Dramatic, But Paul Hollywood's Love Life Sure Is

By Amber Garrett

Reality television can get a little dramatic and over the top. That’s a big reason why The Great American Baking Show and its parent series, The Great British Bake-Off (called the Great British Baking Show in the U.S.) are such breaths of fresh air. Seriously, the biggest nail-biter in a given episode is whether the judge will shake somebody’s hand in approval. The show's low-stakes nature is especially ironic given the on-again- off-again saga of head judge Paul Hollywood and his wife, Alex.

Seriously, buckle in, this story has some twists and turns.

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So, did Paul Hollywood have an affair?

Paul and Alexandra Hollywood have been fairly regular tabloid fare across the pond over the last five years. The couple had a very public separation, reconciliation, and re-separation, but the sordid story is probably less familiar with American fans. 

Funnily enough, the reason they split was Paul’s affair with his former American co-host Marcela Valladolid, which he admitted to in a candid 2013 interview with BBC Radio 5.