Paul Hollywood Breaks Silence After 24-Year-Old Girlfriend Of Two Years Dumps Him
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Paul Hollywood has finally broken his silence following his split from Summer Monteys-Fullam, hinting she had "made money selling stories" and urging the public: "There's always two sides to a story."
Reports emerged over the weekend that the 53-year-old Great British Bake Off judge had split from his 24-year-old girlfriend after she refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
The NDA reportedly prevented her from discussing their sex life, private life or his wealth, The Sun report.
Taking to Instagram, Paul insisted his silence on the matter was "not a sign of weakness or agreement of what's been said," and that he wanted to maintain "a quiet life away from my day job."
He urged his 229k followers to "take what's read with a pinch of salt and read between the lines", adding: "I know the public can't be duped into believing what's out there from a person making money selling stories! and continuously courting the paps [...] there are two sides to a story you've only heard one... but alas I don't play those games.
In a statement over the weekend, Paul's solicitor Tom Amlot said he had asked summer to sign the NDA as "standard practice"
He said: "I asked Summer to sign an NDA as is standard practice in order to protect Paul's family and their private lives.
"Summer insisted that she had no intention of selling any stories to the press and declined. I think that her refusal to discuss or sign it caused concern, understandably, so it's not entirely surprising that they have gone their separate ways."
Paul first met his ex girlfriend in the summer of 2017 in the bar she worked in where it is thought he was organising a part for his then-wife, Alex. However, Paul has always insisted there was no overlap between the two women.
Alex and Paul got married in 1998 and split in 2013 after the baker admitted he had an affair with The American Baking Competition co-host Marcela Valladolid. The pair reconciled and split again in November 2017.
The pair finalised their divorce in mid-July, and according to The Mirror, Summer was expected a proposal when she was presented with the gagging order.
Paul Hollywood is currently gearing up for the next season of Great British Bake Off which hits BBC One in late August.