Ruth slams Paul Hol­ly­wood

Ruth Langs­ford has been very vo­cal about the an­tics of celebrity chef Paul Hol­ly­wood…

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Ruth Langs­ford has voiced what a lot of us are prob­a­bly think­ing when it comes to Bake Off judge Paul Hol­ly­wood, 52, and his blos­som­ing ro­mance with 22-year-old for­mer bar­maid Sum­mer Monteys-Ful­lam.

The new re­la­tion­ship comes af­ter the celebrity baker an­nounced in Novem­ber that he was split­ting from his wife of 20 years, Alexan­dra, with whom he has son Josh, 16. Paul is said to have met Sum­mer at the lo­cal pub she worked in when he was or­gan­is­ing a party for his wife.

Dur­ing a lively de­bate on This Morn­ing last week, Ruth gave the Bake Off star a ver­bal roast­ing, say­ing if hubby Eamonn Holmes ‘did a Paul Hol­ly­wood’ and traded her in for a younger woman, Eamonn’s daugh­ter Re­becca would ‘dis­own’ him (and if that’s not a stern warn­ing, Eamonn, we don’t know what is!).

Her out­burst came when Eamonn pitched in, adding that at 58, he and Paul were of a sim­i­lar age – and was about to imag­ine him­self in a sim­i­lar sce­nario when Ruth butted in, say­ing, ‘ Your daugh­ter would dis­own you if you had a girl­friend younger than her!’

And Eamonn was swift to agree, adding, ‘Nor, in­deed, do I have any at­trac­tion to a 22-year-old. It doesn’t ap­peal to me. I like the older woman.’

Later, in the same show, Ruth re­turned to the topic, con­fess­ing she’d be ‘dis­gusted’ if Eamonn were to fol­low in the baker’s foot­steps. Paul and Sum­mer were first pic­tured to­gether on a boat dur­ing a hol­i­day in Mau­ri­tius. An In­sta­gram snap showed Sum­mer pos­ing in a red swim­suit with the words ‘Cake Cake’ on the front – ru­moured to be her nick­name for Paul. She’s al­legedly moved into Paul’s cot­tage in Kent, and re­cently gushed in an In­sta­gram post that her new man had turned her ‘from a girl to a woman’.

Should age-gap re­la­tion­ships like this one be given the same chance as any other? Or, as Ruth clearly be­lieves, is it ‘dis­gust­ing’ for a 22-year-old to be with some­one who’s old enough to be her dad?

It’s di­vided fans on­line, with one writ­ing, ‘I still can­not see a young woman dat­ing a mar­ried old bloater.’ An­other posed the ques­tion, ‘I wonder if he would dis­own his daugh­ter though if she dated an older man???’

At least Paul is con­sis­tent – his roller-coaster love-life has reg­u­larly proved as colour­ful as his culi­nary cre­ations…

Ruth said that if hubby Eamonn ‘did a Paul Hol­ly­wood’, his daugh­ter Re­becca would dis­own him

Ruth is not happy about Paul and his new love in­ter­est

Sum­mer ap­par­ently calls Paul ‘Cake Cake’ The Bake Off Judge split from his wife last year

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