Paul Hollywood and wife Alexandra are one step closer to getting divorce – ending 19 years of marriage.
Neither the Great British Bake Off star or his estranged wife were present at the hearing – which granted the couple a decree nisi, which is the first step towards a divorce being finalised.
District Judge Robert Duddridge granted a divorce decree in a hearing at the Central Family Court in London on Friday.
Neither party was at the hearing, which lasted less than a minute.
Judge Duddridge granted a decree nisi.
A marriage does not formally end until a decree absolute has been granted.
The 53-year-old celebrity baker split from the mother of his son, Alexandra, 55, in 2017.
Their case was heard today by a judge at the Central Family Court in London today.
After Paul announced his split from cook Alexandra it emerged that he’d been wining and dining Summer Monteys-Fullam, 24, a barmaid at his local pub.
Alex and Paul first split in 2013, when Paul had an affair with 34-year-old Marcela Valladolid after going to America to front a US version of Bake Off.
He later said publicly that it had been the “biggest mistake” of his life, and Alex took him back.
Talking about her decision, she said: “I stand by that decision. I believed in my marriage, I wanted to make it work.”
And Alex says when she became concerned about Paul’s relationship with Summer, she knew it was over.
She added: “It was over. I didn’t have to make a decision, that was it. The only decisions for me then were about me son, about my future. I mean, that is a lot. Divorce is tough, very tough. You don’t expect it, you are in shock, and all of a sudden you are on your own.”