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Paul Hollywoods estranged wife calls split toughest time of my life as Bake Off judge romances 23-year-old

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Paul Hollywood (L) and Alexandra Hollywood attend the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Paul and Alex in happier times (Picture: Getty)

Paul Hollywoods estranged wife has admitted the last 12 months have been rough and shared words of advice for anyone else facing a new life after the end of marriage.

Taking to Instagram, Alexandra Hollywood wrote: A year ago today, my marriage ended. There have been stories and speculation about the reasons why and to say its been a rough ride is somewhat of an understatement.

But 12 months on Im still here, Im still standing and even though this has to have been the toughest time of my life so far, I still have much to be thankful for.

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A year ago today, my marriage ended. There have been stories and speculation about the reasons why and to say its been a rough ride is somewhat of an understatement. But 12 months on Im still here, Im still standing and even though this has to have been the toughest time of my life so far, I still have much to be thankful for. So I just want to say to anyone else setting out on this daunting journey – it takes courage to face the unknown, stay strong, you can do this and youre not alone. Youll find new friends and value your old ones all the more, you will realise how very loved and important you are to your Tribe and how, no matter how hard it gets, youll always have choices.. so make sure you make the best choice for YOU. I plan to live my new life boldly, be creative, cook like mad, hug the ones I love, grab opportunities with both hands and enjoy being me. PS and Ill be keeping control of the TV remote from now on too..

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Paul and Alexandra confirmed their split on 20 November 2017, admitting it was with sadness that we have decided to separate after nearly 20 years of marriage.

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They met working in Cyprus at a five star hotel while Paul was a baker and she was a scuba-diving instructor but they previously separated in 2013 after Hollywood admitted to having an affair with Marcella Valladolid, who was his co-host on the short-lived US version of Bake Off.

Paul has been a Bake Off judge for over 10 years (Picture: Channel 4)

Days after they confirmed they were divorcing, it was reported that Paul was romancing then-22-year-old barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam whom he is still in a relationship with now.

Alexandra, who is also a famed cook, has not stayed silent in the year since their split but she told fans that it takes courage to face the unknown and joked that at least now she can keep control of the TV remote from now on top.

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So I just want to say to anyone else setting out on this daunting journey – it takes courage to face the unknown, stay strong, you can do this and youre not alone. Youll find new friends and value your old ones all the more, you will realise how very loved and important you are to your Tribe and how, no matter how hard it gets, youll always have choices.. so make sure you make the best choice for YOU, she added.

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I plan to live my new life boldly, be creative, cook like mad, hug the ones I love, grab opportunities with both hands and enjoy being me. PS and Ill be keeping control of the TV remote from now on too.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Alex for comment.

MORE: Paul Hollywoods wife Alex pictured without her wedding ring as she runs errands

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