Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood confirms split from wife after filming with 34-year-old female chef, Marcela Valladolid

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood's agent has announced the star has split from his wife after 15 years together.

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has split from his wife just weeks after filming with US chef Marcela …

A statement said: '"We confirm that Paul Hollywood has separated from his wife. Their priority is protecting their son. He will be making no further comment on this private matter."

According to the Daily Mail, the 47-year-old's marriage was over "just weeks" after he filmed the American version of GBBO with young female chef, Marcela Valladolid.

Sources say he has already moved out of his family home and is now living alone in Kent.

An insider told The Sun that Paul and Marcela became great friends during filming last month.

Paul Hollywood tweeted this picture of a screengrab from Marcela Valladolid's phone or Instagram page. Copyright …

They added: "Marcela loved his Scouse charm and he thought she was gorgeous and talented - the perfect package.

"During filming they got very close and count each other as close friends."

The pair have even shared some banter over Twitter, tweeting pictures of themselves together on set in the US.

Last month mother-of-one Marcela tweeted a picture of a lavish breakfast she had made, adding: "I am officially the best mom/aunt/party-planner on the planet."

While Paul tweeted back: "I'll be the judge of that !!!"

Paul and his wife, Alexandra, have an 11-year-old son and have been together for 15 years, with her previously labelling his sexy status as "hilarious".

Marcela Valladolid, a divorced mother of one, is a successful chef in the US. Copyright [Rex]

Paul Hollywood and his wife, Alexandra, have been together for 15 years. Copyright [Rex]

He told the Daily Mirror: "My wife finds it all ­hilarious. We love going out as a family with our son Josh, who is [at the time] 10 ... I do think ‘Oh God’ when people tell me I’m a sex symbol.

"It’s very nice but I’m actually quite introverted!”

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