Real reason Summer is over for Paul
Bake Off lover’s ‘trust had gone’
PAUL Hollywood’s ex-love believed the Bake Off star was about to propose – but instead of a ring he gave her a gagging order that broke them apart. The TV star, 53, had just finalised his divorce from ex-wife Alex – leaving Summer Monteys–Fullam, 24, convinced he would make things official with an engagement sparkler.
But Paul’s solicitor handed the ex-barmaid a legal contract never to reveal details of their life together. “She was totally heartbroken that Paul would even ask her to sign such a thing and took it as an insult,” said a source. “It showed her how he really viewed their relationship.”
Summer was worried she could not even speak to family and friends if she signed and realised the trust between them had gone.
Soon after, she packed her bags in the early hours of Thursday morning and stormed out of the £1million mansion they shared.
She is now staying with her mum Sabina at her family home in nearby Ickham, Kent.
“Paul is eating humble pie and wishing he’d not pushed for the gagging papers,” the source added.
“He’s apologetic but friends say he took her for granted.
“Summer now realises that there is only room for one person in a relationship with Paul – and that’s himself.”
As news of the split broke on Friday night he licked his wounds on a jaunt with pals. He partied happily in his hometown Wallasey on Merseyside a week earlier too.
On Friday he had a boozy night with pals at The Jug and Bottle in Heswall, posing for pics with locals.
“It was mainly the women who went for him, obviously,” a barman said. “He was very polite and didn’t turn down any requests. He was quite jovial about it all.”
The next night he ate Bang Bang Chicken, garlic bread and chips with relatives at the Otto Lounge.
Summer met Paul at his local pub in the summer of 2017.
Paul’s ex-wife Alex – who reportedly clashed with Summer in Marks & Spencer – is said to be on holiday but aware of events.
Yesterday the star’s solicitor Tom Amlot confirmed: “I asked Summer to sign an NDA as is standard practise in order to protect Paul’s family and their private lives.
“I think her refusal to discuss or sign it caused concern, understandably.
“So it’s not entirely surprising they’ve gone their separate ways.”
The showstopping split comes ahead of The Great British Bake Off ’s Channel 4 return this month.
KILLER BLOW Summer was shocked by legal contract
BAKE SOON Paul’s hit show returns to TV in September
HUMBLE PIE Paul is licking his wounds
IT’S A WRAP With Summer on her birthday
ALL OVER Paul with ex-wife Alex