Paul Hollywood is an English celebrity chef who’s popular for being one of the judges of “The Great British Bake Off” since 2010. He started his career as a teenager at his father’s bakery. He originally wanted to become a sculptor. He attended Wallasey Art School, following in the footsteps of his mom, a graphic artist.
The renowned chef got himself involved in a gay rumor. His sexuality got questioned when Matt Lucas, the host of “The Great British Bake Off”, made a reference to him as a “gay man” in one of the episodes. While it’s assumed that the comment was just a funny remark, it still shocked a lot of viewers. It got them wondering about Paul Hollywood’s true sexual orientation.
So, is Paul Hollywood gay? If you’re also curious to find out, let’s delve into this!
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Paul Hollywood’s Sexuality: How The Rumor Started
Paul Hollywood is known to be in a relationship with a woman but fans were led to believe that he is gay after that gay remark from Matt Lucas. It happened when Paul and Matt were looking at a competitive baker’s cake that resembled a “West End” theme. Matt Lucas then said “And you call yourself a gay man?” after Paul stated that he had never been to any shows in the West End – it is an area in London with major tourist attractions and entertainment venues, including a theater district.
It’s also ironic how, after being rumored to be gay, Paul got his name dragged over some of his friend’s homophobic jokes. Noel Fielding, an English actor and comedian, tweeted a joke that fans took as homophobic. He posted a picture of himself bending over in front of Paul with a caption:
Many took offense to the joke and accused Paul and Noel of being homophobic.
The Biggest Mistake of Paul Hollywood’s Life
Paul was married to Alexandra Hollywood. They met in Cyprus, where he was a baker at a five-star hotel and Alex was a scuba diving instructor. They got married on the Island and had a son named Josh Hollywood, born in 2001.
The couple separated in 2013 when Paul had an affair with Marcela Valladolid, his co-judge in “The American Baking Competition”. Paul Hollywood considered it “the biggest mistake of his life”, as he said in an interview with Hello Magazine. The illicit affair didn’t last long and Paul got back together with his wife, Alexandra.
However, in November 2017, the couple then decided to split again for good with a joint statement saying:
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Paul Hollywood’s Relationship: New-Found Love
Paul’s most recent relationship is with Melissa Spalding, a landlady of a B&B in Ashford. It is believed that they met in a pub near his home.
Melissa was reported to have moved into his 18th-century farmhouse right after the owners of the pub, where she used to live, put the property on sale.
After three years of dating, Paul Hollywood and Melissa Spalding finally got engaged. It has been said that Paul popped the question around Easter. A source close to the couple said to The Sun:
Back when they were still dating, Paul’s close friend revealed that Paul and Melissa spent a lot of time together in lockdown. They would just stay at his house together. Although they find it a bit strange as it was bought for Summer – Paul Hollywood’s girlfriend before meeting Melissa.
Is Paul Hollywood Gay?
With the news about the engagement, it is unlikely that the English celebrity is gay. It would be
Paul Hollywood’s second attempt on the aisle. Getting married twice is definitely something that proves the gay rumors wrong. So, no. Paul Hollywood is most definitely straight.