GBBO judge Paul Hollywood had the nation questioning his sexuality after host Matt Lucas made a reference to him being a “gay man”.

While comedian Matt may have made a joke on the Great British Bake Off Bread Week episode, many viewers were left shocked and wondering if Paul really is gay. It happened while judges Prue Leith, Paul and Matt made brief visits to bakers as they went head-to-head against the clock to make different breads.

So is Paul Hollywood gay? We done some research into the top baker’s love life and true sexuality to find out!

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Ep3. Paul. Picture: Channel 4.

Fans react to Paul Hollywood being ‘gay’

Viewers were shocked when they thought the GBBO judge was gay. Many believed that the entire UK were researching Paul’s sexuality following the latest episode.

One fan simply put: “PAUL HOLLYWOOD IS GAY?”

While another Twitter user said: “Matt Lucas saying to Paul Hollywood, a straight man, “and you call yourself a gay man” on national tv is so iconic.”

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Is Paul Hollywood gay?

No. He is allegedly in a relationship with landlady Melissa Spalding, 37, who works at his local pub. They live together in his £1million home. They have reportedly been together since December 2019.

Before his relationship with Melissa, he was dating Summer Monteys-Fulham, 24, however they split up in early 2019. Paul was previously married to Alexandra Hollywood for 20 years, who he shares son Josh, 17, with.

It has been reported that the GBBO judge had an affair with American Baking Competition co-star Marcela Valladolid in 2013, while he was with Alexandra, which he said was the “biggest mistake” of his life, according to Hello magazine.

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Why did viewers think Paul Hollywood is gay?

Fans were led to believe Paul Hollywood could be gay after Matt Lucas said to him: “And you call yourself a gay man”. It came after Paul said he had never been to any shows in the West End.

The moment took place when they were both looking at baker Laura’s West End cake for the showstopper challenge. However it seems like Matt was making a joke about Paul.

Just before the showstopper challenge, bakers were asked to make rainbow bagels. This is when Paul Hollywood referred to them as “NHS bagels”, however this sparked backlash from several viewers.

One viewer said: “Paul Hollywood let down the gays this week. Paul, you can’t get more gay than a bagel, never mind a rainbow bagel.”



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Celine Byford
Celine Byford

Celine is a journalist with over five years of experience in the media industry and the chief staff writer on Reality Titbit. After graduating with a degree in Multimedia Journalism she became a radio newsreader and reporter, before moving into her current role as a reality TV writer.

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