Paul wants to be reunited with his wife Alexandra

The Great British Bake Off‘s Paul Hollywood is hoping his wife Alexandra will forgive him for cheating with his younger co-judge on the US version of the show.

Paul, 47, hugely regrets being unfaithful with 35-year-old Marcela Valladolid and says he ‘absolutely’ wants to be reunited with Alexandra, 49.

‘I did have an affair in America with my co-judge and it was something which was the biggest mistake of my life because actually I still love my wife,’ says Paul.

‘I’m at that point at the moment where we’re talking and we’re working to get back together again. But it is going to take time.’

Marcela described Paul as a ‘handsome devil’ before filming began for The American Baking Competition in March and he moved out of the family home two months later.

Alexandra – who has son Joshua, 12, with Paul – filed for divorce in July but later exchanged Twitter messages with her ex and he recently said they’d started meeting up.

‘I was shocked about the whole thing kicking off the way it did… but I deserved it and I’ve taken it. It was my punishment,’ Paul tells BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘At the end of the day we’re moving on and I’m in a much better place.’ 

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