PAUL Hollywood loves young women more than a perfect bake with a crispy bottom.
Barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam, 29 years his junior at 24, ticked all his boxes.
He secured his fantasy girlfriend and lavished thousands on her, with gifts including a £9,000 hot tub, and exotic holidays.
But nearly two years after going public, the relationship is now over — just as many of his pals and his ex-wife Alex quietly predicted.
A source said: “Paul felt he won the lottery by dating Summer and was desperate to show her a good time, knowing their age gap could bring obvious problems.
“But his friends knew it was unsustainable.
“They were always expecting this day to come.”
Over the past decade, Paul has gone from bit-part TV chef to one of the most powerful and richest stars in the industry.
Her career trajectory has been so impressive he’s racked up a £10million fortune and now commands £400,000 a series for his judging role on The Great British Bake Off, the series which turned him into a household name.
But his carefully-managed route to the top of his profession contrasts heavily to his love life, which he still can’t get right.
If only his relationships were as smooth as a Hollywood handshake.
His fallout with young lover Summer is the latest prang in the petrolhead’s precious brand.
It has so far managed to withstand cheating accusations, heavy flirting with contestants and fallouts with co-stars.
The romance with Summer was certainly a risk.
Breaking off a 20-year marriage to the mother of your only child and moving on with a much younger barmaid was never a move that fits the image of a figurehead of a family-friendly show.
Paul insists the pair only got together after his marriage to Alex fell apart in November 2017.
Alex, 54, filed for divorce last August on grounds of adultery but Summer was not named.
Paul and Summer went public with their romance in the same month his split with his wife was confirmed.
He wined and dined Summer at posh London hotel The Dorchester.
But his charm offensive had pre-dated their romantic dinner — when he lent her his chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce for her 22nd birthday in the previous May.
Paul first met Summer while organising a birthday party for his then-wife at his local pub, the Duke William, in Ickham, Kent, where the barmaid worked.
In March 2018, and now an item, The Sun revealed Summer had been whisked away by Paul to stay at a £1,000-a-night villa in Mauritius.
In April that year, she gushed: “I can only thank the people that are close to me. Including my amazing boyfriend.
“You have turned me from a girl to a woman.
“I love you so much! This post is not for likes but the love of my life.
“I am truly a lucky girl and have the best things and people and animals around me.”
And for her 24th birthday earlier this year, he took her for an all-expenses paid day out at Chester Races, where they celebrated with friends in a £330-a-head private box.
As well as the day at the races, Paul bought her a £9,000 hot tub for her birthday. Summer showed off her new toy on Instagram, wearing a swimsuit emblazoned Cake Cake — her pet name for the TV baker.
He also bought her a £9,000 ring and a £1,000 rottweiler pup earlier this year.
Yet their blossoming romance wasn’t just flashy trips and fancy gestures.
In February this year, Paul would have winced at the negative headlines caused by a slanging match involved his ex-wife and girlfriend at a self-service checkout inside Marks & Spencer.
Summer and Alex happened to bump into each other inside the branch in Canterbury, resulting in an epic row which spilled out into the car park.
Alex was heard yelling at a stunned Summer: “Do you know how much you’ve hurt my son?”
A shopper said at the time: “I was totally disgusted by the language.
“She called the younger woman a slut and whore.”
Summer was with older sister Saskia and her mum Sabina, while Alex was alone.
Alex insisted she was an innocent victim in the row at 4pm — and called police complaining of harassment.
But to add to Paul’s embarrassment, the slagging match continued on social media the same evening.
Summer appeared on Saskia’s Instagram alongside her sister with both of them giving one-finger salutes. The post was captioned: “Got you biiissshhhhh. Got youuuuuuuu.”
Six months on, Summer is packing her bags again.
This time she has left the £850,000 Grade II-listed property she shares with Paul following her refusal to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
You can understand if Alex revels in her husband’s misfortune but she may regret not showing some of Summer’s ruthlessness during their 20-year marriage.
Lots of ups and downs
1998: Paul weds Alexandra in Cyprus weeks after they were introduced.
2001: They have a son. Their only child.
JUL 2013: She files for divorce after he admits affair with US chef Marcela Valladolid.
SEP 2013: Alexandra takes Paul back.
EARLY 2017: Paul meets barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam at his local.
MAY 2017: He reportedly lends her his Rolls-Royce for her 22nd birthday.
NOV 2017: They eat at London’s Dorchester but any romance is denied.
NOV 2017: Paul is pictured kissing Bake Off winner Candice Brown.
NOV 2017: Paul and Alex confirm that they are divorcing.
MAR 2018: He takes Summer to a £1,000-a-night villa in Mauritius.
FEB 2019: Alexandra calls Summer a “slut” and a “whore” at M&S.
FEB 2019: Paul buys £1million Kent townhouse for him and Summer.
JUL 2019: Alexandra and Paul granted decree nisi.
Paul and Alex met when he was head baker at a five-star hotel in Cyprus where she was working as a scuba instructor.
They married in 1998, weeks after they first met, and welcomed a son three years later.
Alex watched on as Paul became a huge star on TV following the success of The Great British Bake Off, the little-known BBC2 series which turned into a phenomenon, attracting 14million viewers at its peak.
Its huge success sparked a US version in 2013, which Paul was asked to co-judge alongside Mexican-American chef Marcela Valladolid, who took on the Mary Berry role. The pair’s outrageous flirting on the show, which was axed halfway through the first series, led to a full-on affair which triggered Alex’s decision to end their marriage.
She started divorce proceedings in July 2013 on grounds of adultery.
Speaking that October, Paul said: “I made the biggest mistake of my life and I regret it.”
“I made a huge mistake and at the moment Alex and myself are working things through together.
“We are just going to take things one step at a time, but I still love her, that is ultimately what it is.” Two months later she forgave him, determined to give the relationship another go.
She said: “You’ve just got to get on with life, haven’t you? I’m an eternal optimist, he’s an optimist. We’re having a good time.
“The most romantic thing he did was bake chocolate croissants on a Sunday morning. That was a lovely thing to do.”
But it didn’t take long for Paul to become embroiled in more trouble with the opposite sex.
At the 2017 Pride of Britain Awards, he was pictured kissing Bake Off winner Candice Brown on the lips on the red carpet. Given how Paul took an obvious shine to Candice on her way to being crowned champion, the picture caused a huge stir.
Candice tried to play it down as a display of friendship.
She added: “No kisses or hugs hello or goodbye from now on — handshakes or waves only.”
Paul’s treatment of Alex is believed to have put a strain on his relationship with ex-Bake Off judge Mary who left the show following its move to Channel 4 in 2016.
In December 2018, The Sun revealed Mary refused to share the stage with him at the Good Food Show nor have her picture taken with Summer.
And in January this year, The Sun on Sunday revealed Paul had been lavishing TV baker Molly Robbins, 24 years his junior, with gifts, including a £5,000 designer watch, while he was still married to Alex.
His wife only found out about their relationship, and the secret messages they sent each other, after she and Paul announced they were divorcing in 2017.