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11/09/2019 10:57 BST

Paul Hollywood's Ex Summer Monteys-Fullam Insists She's Not Trying To 'Tarnish' His 'Career Or Name'

The Great British Bake Off judge split up with Summer last month.

Paul Hollywood’s ex-girlfriend Summer Monteys-Fullam has hit back at the suggestion that she’s taking legal action against the Great British Bake Off judge for “financial gain”, or deliberately trying to “tarnish” his career.

Summer and Paul went their separate ways last month, with reports suggesting the split came when he asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement, meaning she would not be allowed to publicly reveal any details about him or their relationship.

Since then, Summer’s name has repeatedly cropped up in the press, prompting her to issue a statement to the MailOnline, in an attempt to set the record straight.

Due to recent stories that have been printed about me I feel I need to personally clarify and rectify recent press speculation,” she began. “I have never wanted to attend court to seek financial gain from Paul Hollywood or anyone else for that matter. 

“I have never sold a story on my personal life for financial gain or otherwise. I have never courted the paparazzi in exchange for publicity, financial gain or otherwise.”

She also noted that she is simply “seizing opportunities that have been presented to me as any young woman would”, adding: “I would never intentionally do anything to tarnish anyone’s career or name.

“I am really grateful for the support I have received during what has not been the easiest of times.”

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Paul Hollywood

Paul spoke out amid the split reports on his Instagram last month, writing: “My silence on any matters is not a sign of weakness or agreement of what’s been said, merely I prefer a quiet life away from my day job! Take what’s read with a pinch of salt and read between the lines.

“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’s always two sides to a story you’ve only heard one.. but alas I don’t play those games... thanks again.”

His post has since been deleted.

Paul’s attorney previously told PA: “I asked Summer to sign a 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.”

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