Paul Hollywood has been accused of lavishing gifts on a TV baker 24 years his junior while he was still married to wife Alex.
The Bake Off host reportedly showered Molly Robbins with expensive presents, including a £5,000 watch.
The Sun On Sunday reports the telly star, 53, struck up a flirtation with Channel 4 star Molly during his marriage after meeting her at .at the BBC’s Good Food Show in 2014
He is said to have treated her to pricey meals, flowers and presents, and exchanged numerous secret texts with her.
The publication reports Alex, 54, didn’t find out about messages after they’d already announced their divorce in 2017.
An insider said: “Paul and Molly grew close and had a real chemistry between them.
“They started texting and messaging regularly and things quickly escalated…
He gave her loads of presents…"
Molly is the daughter of Phoenix Nights star Ted Robbins, who is good friends with Paul.
She’s also the cousin of I’m A Celebrity star Emily Atack.
The insider added to The Sun that Alex found out about the pair’s flirtation after seeing them exchanging messages over social media.
They explained: "She was alerted to the fact they’d been flirting over Twitter by a friend…
“When she found them she was understandably confused.”
The revelation comes after after Alex broke her silence over her doomed marriage to the Bake Off star.
She accused him of cheating on her throughout the relationship, which ended in November.
Alex told Prima magazine : "No one should underestimate how separation and divorce can hit you.
"I compare it to a moment where you’re driving along the motorway and then the next moment, something beyond your control happens and you’re driving in a completely different direction.
"You have to give yourself time to get your head round it."
The former couple are parents to a son named Josh and were together for almost 20 years.
They briefly split in 2013 and Paul went on to date another women before eventually getting back together with Alex.
The marriage crumbled again as he fell for 23-year-old barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam, but he insisted they did not start dating until after he had split from Alex.
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