Paul Hollywood’s ex-wife Alex has admitted she’s still ‘grieving’ the breakdown of her marriage after reportedly clashing with his younger lover in Marks and Spencer’s on Tuesday.
Despite kicking Paul to the kerb over his betrayal with 23-year-old barmaid Summer Monteys-Fulham, she says she’s still not completely over it.
"Well, it’s still a grieving process isn’t it. It’s grieving for something that’s dead. Finished. Don’t forget, I was married for nearly 20 years – most of my adult life. I never expected it would end. Who does?" she told the Daily Mail ‘s Weekend magazine.
In a cruel twist, Paul and Summer met at a local pub in Kent last year while he was organising a birthday party for Alex.
She had previously forgiven him for having an affair with co-judge Marcela Valladolid on the US version of Bake Off in 2013 for the sake of their son Josh.
But once she learned about him and Summer, she knew it was over for good.
However, her certainty hasn’t made the last 12 months any easier – although Alex says she’s getting stronger each day.
"The first year was a big thing – all those firsts. The first summer, winter, birthdays, all that sort of thing. You do get stronger. You realise that actually you can get through it," she said.
In the chat she refuses to call Summer by her name, insisting she doesn’t ‘see any point discussing her’.
As for her own name, she has no intention of doing away with the Hollywood part, explaining, "It’s my son’s name, and I don’t want to have a different name to my son. And I’ve been Alex Hollywood for 20 years, so no."
The interview follows reports that Alex, 54, called Summer Monteys-Fulham a ‘sl*t’ and a ‘wh*re’ when she saw her at the checkout on Tuesday.
Mum Alex was said to have asked Summer: "Do you know how much you’ve hurt my son?"
A stunned onlooker told the paper: "I was totally disgusted by the language. She called the younger woman a sl*t and wh*re.
"It’s just not the sort of behaviour you expect at Marks and Sparks," they added.
It’s also claimed that police were called when the argument continued into the carpark.
A friend of Alex said: "Summer laughed and started filming as Alex walked to her car."
They added: "Alex was shaken and called the police."
Kent police confirmed in a statement: "Enquiries were carried out in which all parties involved were given words of advice.”
Paul Hollywood and Summer Monteys-Fullam
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