Icing on the cake… Great British Bake off judge Paul Hollywood makes his lockdown bubble with pub landlady Melissa Spalding permanent
- Pair began dating after Hollywood’s split from Summer Monteys-Fullam in 2019
- Friends say they are ‘madly in love’ and recently enjoyed sunshine break abroad
- The baker, 55, met Ms Spalding, 37, at The Chequers Inn where he was a regular
Pub landlady Melissa Spalding moved into his 18th Century farmhouse after the owners of The Chequers Inn in Smarden, Kent, where she was living, put it up for sale.
Friends say the couple – who began dating after Hollywood’s split from Summer Monteys-Fullam in August 2019 – are ‘madly in love’ and recently enjoyed a sunshine break abroad.
Living in: Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is living with his new girlfriend Melissa Spalding in the countryside home that he bought with his former lover
The 55-year-old baker and TV star (pictured in 2016) met Ms Spalding, 37, at The Chequers Inn where he was a regular
‘Paul and Melissa spent a lot of time together in lockdown,’ said a friend. ‘They bubbled up together and stayed at his house. Now she is there for good. They are delightfully happy, though it must be a bit strange given it was bought for Summer.’
The 55-year-old baker and TV star met Ms Spalding, 37, at The Chequers Inn where he was a regular.
He met Ms Monteys-Fullam in 2018 at another nearby pub.
Last year, Paul Hollywood officially removed his ex-wife from her positions as director and secretary of his multi-million-pound company.
The Great British Bake Off star, 54, and his former partner Alex, 56, split in 2017, with their 20-year marriage ending in divorce in 2019.
Paul is thought to be worth around £10million and the latest books for his company showed that it has investments of £2.5 million.
Exes: The former couple split in 2017, with their 20-year marriage ending in divorce in 2019 (pictured together in January 2015)
Past romance: After splitting from his wife, Paul dated Summer Monteys-Fullam (pictured) but is now said to be in a relationship with pub landlady Melissa Spalding