Real rea­son Sum­mer is over for Paul

Bake Off lover’s ‘trust had gone’

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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.

Pic­ture MATT SPRAKE/SPLASH NEWS

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

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