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19/07/2019 17:33 BST

Paul Hollywood And Ex-Wife Alex Are Officially Divorcing After 19 Years Of Marriage

The judge upheld Alex's claim Paul had been unfaithful.

Paul Hollywood and his ex-wife Alexandra are officially ending their 19-year marriage, having obtained a divorce decree on Friday. 

The former couple were granted the decree nisi in a hearing at the Central Family Court in London on Friday. The hearing lasted less than a minute, reports Press Association, and neither party was present. 

Their marriage will not formally end until a decree absolute has been granted.

Alex split from the Great British Bake Off star in 2017 and court papers revealed she had filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery.

At Friday’s hearing, Judge Duddridge held that Paul had committed adultery and that Alex found it “intolerable” to live with him. He concluded that the marriage had broken down irretrievably.

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Alex and Paul in 2014 

The pair separated previously, in 2013, after Paul admitted having an affair with Marcela Valladolid, his co-star on the US version of Bake Off.

Alexandra took the baker back into her life but their marriage was finally over four years later.

In an interview with Prima magazine, she later said: “I don’t regret taking Paul back that first time. I never regret anything I’ve done.

“I thought things through and it was the right thing to do for me and my son. Hindsight is a wonderful thing... I don’t feel angry with Paul – though of course there’s a certain amount of hurt.

“Anger is emotive and I’m not carrying that around with me. All it does is upset you.”

Paul is now in a relationship with Summer Monteys-Fullam and earlier this year, Alex was forced to deny verbally abusing her during an incident at a supermarket.

The pair met one another by chance at a Marks & Spencer store in Canterbury, Kent, and became embroiled in a dispute, according to a report at the time.

A representative for Alex later denied she had verbally abused Summer, stating: “Alex was shocked to bump into Summer in her local supermarket but even in that difficult situation, she still did not and would not ever verbally abuse anyone.

“Alex has kept a dignified position throughout the last 14 months which have been extremely challenging, and continues to do so.”