Alexandra says she will still watch next series of the baking show

The Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood‘s estranged wife has urged fans not to turn against him.

Alexandra Hollywood, 49, who was married to Paul for 15 years until their recent split, says: ‘Don’t hate him.’

She made the plea after anger from some fans after the Bake Off starbecame close to American chef Marcela Valladolid, 34 during filming of the US version of his hit show, provoking his marriage split.

‘It would be incredibly sad if the public turned against Paul,’ Alexandra, who has an 11-year-old son Josh with Paul, says. ‘He is brilliant at what he does and is passionate about baking.’

And she says she will be tuning in to the next series of the popular cooking show. ‘My son wants to, she tells the Sunday People. ‘He’s incredibly proud of his Daddy, so I will watch it with him.’

‘I’m distraught, completely devastated – but I don’t want or need revenge.’

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