In a whirlwind of excitement, British television celebrity Paul Hollywood, famous for his role as a judge on “The Great British Bake Off,” is reportedly on the cusp of marrying his beloved girlfriend, Melissa Spalding, aged 39. The picturesque setting for their nuptials is none other than the same resort where Hollywood once exchanged vows with his former spouse.
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After three years of a loving and largely low-profile relationship, Hollywood and Spalding have chosen to make their love official. The engagement, discreetly sealed in 2022, has now blossomed into a full-fledged wedding celebration, capturing the attention of fans and the media alike.
Recently published photographs, acquired exclusively by The Sun, provide a glimpse into the couple’s pre-wedding festivities. The idyllic scene portrays Hollywood and Spalding basking in the sun’s golden rays, surrounded by their closest friends and family. Notably, the beachside celebration takes place at a renowned five-star venue, adding an aura of grandeur to the event.
Paul Hollywood, a man known for his distinctive style, took to the water in eye-catching bright orange swimming trunks, his zest for life and love shining through.
Insiders close to the couple have hinted at an impressive guest list, with around 75 attendees expected, including esteemed celebrity friends like fellow “Great British Bake Off” judge Prue Leith. However, a shadow of curiosity looms over the choice of venue, as it holds precious memories of Hollywood’s first marriage, which concluded in divorce. An unnamed source questioned the decision, saying, “People privately think it’s odd he’s marrying here because he has so many memories of his first wife connected to the hotel. He gets treated like royalty by the owners, but what must Melissa think? She’s following in the same footsteps where he had another woman on his arm. He publicly talks of how precious the memories are for him at the Anassa. But they all involve other women.”
Hollywood’s prior marriage to Alexandra endured for a significant 19 years before the couple announced their separation in 2017, attributed to allegations of infidelity. Their love story began in Cyprus, where they eventually sealed their commitment.
Following his divorce from Alexandra, Hollywood publicly embarked on a romance with Summer Monteys-Fullam, who was just 26 at the time. However, their love story, too, had an abrupt ending in 2019.
Sources close to the couple reveal that Hollywood proposed to Melissa earlier this year, and while the engagement remained a closely guarded secret, she has only recently started wearing her engagement ring in public, sharing the joyous news with friends. Wedding plans, it seems, are still in the making.
It was disclosed last year that Hollywood and Melissa have taken up residence together in an 18th-century farmhouse—a property originally acquired with his former partner, Summer. Melissa’s move to the farmhouse came about as the owners of her former residence, The Chequers Inn in Smarden, Kent, decided to put the establishment up for sale. Friends of the couple attest to their deep affection for each other, despite the unusual circumstances surrounding their cohabitation.
As friends stated, “Paul and Melissa spent a lot of time together in lockdown. 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 duo officially confirmed their relationship in December 2019, initially denying any romantic involvement when their friendship came to light in August 2019, shortly after Hollywood’s split from Summer.
Melissa cleverly utilized Hollywood’s renowned credentials to boost business at her workplace, The Chequers Inn. She organized a bake sale, with Hollywood as the judge, as evident from a Facebook post: “Who will be our Smarden star baker? Paul Hollywood will be judging your delicious cakes in a winner takes all competition.” Notably, this occurred during a time when Hollywood was navigating the complexities of his divorce and financial negotiations with his ex-wife.
In a separate legal matter, Paul’s former girlfriend, Summer Monteys-Fullam, took legal action against him for £4,000, relating to two horse shelters she had constructed on his property earlier in the year. The legal dispute arose four months after their two-year relationship ended. Summer alleged that she had no alternative but to seek legal recourse, asserting, “All I have ever wanted was to get back what is rightfully mine – stuff I bought with my own savings… he’s punishing my horses with his spite.” These shelters were built for her horses, and she moved them to his £800,000 Kent farmhouse at the beginning of the year.
In a statement, she lamented, “Dealing with Paul is a nightmare – everything is done through his lawyers.”
In conclusion, the spotlight shines brightly on Paul Hollywood and Melissa Spalding as they prepare to embark on a new chapter of their love story. Their wedding, set against the backdrop of a memorable resort with a touch of history, promises to be an event filled with joy and celebration, following a journey marked by love, controversy, and legal entanglements.