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Alex Hollywood ‘lost herself’ with ex Paul as she opens up about divorce – The News

 Alex Hollywood has opened up for the first time about the bitter end to her 20 year marriage to Paul Hollywood  The chef and mum to their son 17-year-old son Josh, described her divorce from the Great British Bake Off as ‘the most difficult thing’ she’s been through   In a candid interview with Hello! Magazine, Alex admitted: “People underestimate how challenging it is It’s been a turbulent time, but I’ve dealt with it by being resolute about getting through it ”  She added: “For anyone going through a divorce, it’s the most difficult thing ”  In the wake of the Hollywood’s split in 2017, Paul, 53, went on to find love with 24-year-old barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam, 30 years his junior  But a defiant Alex says she won’t even think about dating anyone again until their divorce is finalised  She explained. “This is time for me, now. I haven’t been me for so many years because, like a lot of women, I lost my sense of self and gave myself to everyone else I’m heading in a different direction to the one I’d anticipated, but I’m enjoying the ride and feel excited about the future I am in a good place and really excited about what’s ahead.  “I think of it as a bit like a bungee jump You feel nervous before it happens, but when you make that leap you think, this is amazing,” she added, hopefully  While Alex is enjoying life as a single woman, Paul dived head first into a relationship with 24-year-old Summer after his marriage broke down  But sadly, the relationship ended in tears as Paul and Summer went their separate ways last month after he allegedly tried to force her to sign a gagging order  Summer had thought Paul was set to propose after finalising his divorce from wife Alex  Days after their split, Summer was seen parading round in a ‘Hollywood’ sweater, in an apparent show of support for her older lover  But despite the emotional impact of the split, Summer insists there is no bad blood between the pair  She said: “I’d like us to stay friends. I’m a happy person – I’m never going to be horrible to anyone ”  The barmaid is now said to be hoping to make a career in showbiz after attending her first red carpet and reading scripts for an acting role while on holiday   To read the full interview, pick up the latest copy of HELLO!, out Monday 23 September

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