Paul Hollywood is engaged to his barmaid girlfriend Melissa Spalding

Paul Hollywood is reportedly engaged to his girlfriend Melissa Spalding.

The Great British British star, 56, has been relationship with the pub landlady, 38, for the past three years and is said to have quietly proposed a few months ago.

The TV star was married to his ex-wife Alexandra for 19 years but they announced their split in 2017. Their relationship broke down over cheating allegations.

Loved-up! Paul Hollywood is reportedly engaged to his girlfriend Melissa Spalding

Loved-up! Paul Hollywood is reportedly engaged to his girlfriend Melissa Spalding

Following their break-up, Paul went public with his romance with Summer Monteys-Fullam, 26, but they then announced their split in 2019.

Sources close the couple told The Sun: ‘Paul proposed some months ago, but they have been keeping it very quiet since then.

‘It’s only in the past month that she has begun wearing her engagement ring out in public, and sharing their news with friends.

Ex-wife: The TV presenter was married to his ex-wife Alexandra for 19 years and the couple announced their split in 2017

Ex-wife: The TV presenter was married to his ex-wife Alexandra for 19 years and the couple announced their split in 2017

‘There are no wedding plans in place yet.’

Insiders suggested that Paul asked Melissa to marry him over Easter earlier this year, but she has only just started wearing her engagement ring publicly.

Last year it was revealed Paul was living with his new girlfriend in the countryside home that he bought with his former lover, Summer.

Melissa moved into Paul’s 18th Century farmhouse after the owners of The Chequers Inn in Smarden, Kent, where she was living, put it up for sale. 

Former flame: Following their break-up, Paul went public with his romance with Summer Monteys-Fullam, 26, but they then announced their split in 2019

Former flame: Following their break-up, Paul went public with his romance with Summer Monteys-Fullam, 26, but they then announced their split in 2019

Friends previously spoke about how the couple said they are ‘madly in love’.

‘Paul and Melissa spent a lot of time together in lockdown,’ said a friend. ‘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 baker and Melissa at The Chequers Inn where he was a regular.

They confirmed their relationship in December 2019 after previously denying they had sparked up a romance.

The TV judge had repeatedly denied that he was enjoying a romance  after their friendship was revealed in August 2019 following his split from Summer.

However, after the couple spent Christmas Day at the pub, a spokesman for Paul told the Mail On Sunday: ‘They are very happily together.’

It is understood that the couple headed on a mini break shortly after Christmas of the same year.

A source close to the couple said: ‘Melissa was pulling pints and cleaning tables on Christmas Day so they didn’t get to spend much time together, but they are away now.’

In November 2019, the pair were spotted holding hands by the pool at the five-star Annabelle hotel in Paphos, Cyprus, where he also met and married his estranged wife Alex. 

GBBO: Twice-engaged Melissa, who was previously set to marry a professional golfer Jason Barnes, reportedly used Paul's credentials to help her at the as he judged a bake sale (Paul pictured with his Great British Bake Off co-stars)

GBBO: Twice-engaged Melissa, who was previously set to marry a professional golfer Jason Barnes, reportedly used Paul’s credentials to help her at the as he judged a bake sale (Paul pictured with his Great British Bake Off co-stars)

Twice-engaged Melissa, who was previously set to marry a professional golfer Jason Barnes, used Paul’s credentials to help her at the pub as he judged a bake sale. 

In a screenshot of the pub landlady’s Facebook, obtained by The Sun, her post read: ‘Who will be our Smarden star baker?’

‘Paul Hollywood will be judging your delicious cakes in a winner takes all competition.’

At the time, Paul was settling his divorce and battle for his £10 million fortune from wife Alex out of court.

The TV baker’s ex-girlfriend Summer also revealed that was taking her former flame to court for £4,000 over her two horse shelters, built at his £800,000 Kent farmhouse earlier in the year.

Summer claimed she’d been left with ‘no alternative’ but to take legal action against the Bake Off judge four months after they ended their two-year relationship.

Ex: While the TV baker's ex-girlfriend Summer Monteys-Fullam, 24, revealed she was taking her former flame to court for £4,000 over her two horse shelters, built at his £800,000 Kent farmhouse earlier in the year

Ex: While the TV baker’s ex-girlfriend Summer Monteys-Fullam, 24, revealed she was taking her former flame to court for £4,000 over her two horse shelters, built at his £800,000 Kent farmhouse earlier in the year

She told MailOnline: ‘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.’

The social media influencer purchased the first stable when she moved her horses to his Grade II listed home in January, and built the second in March for her mare who was pregnant.

‘I’m incredibly disappointed that I’ve had to choose this course of action against Paul’, she said. ‘Dealing with Paul is a nightmare – everything is done through his lawyers.’

Paul and Summer split over the summer after she refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement, as requested by the Bake Off star.

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