Paul Hollywood, 57, and 39-year-old partner 'marry in tasteful Cyprus ceremony' with famous friends

Paul Hollywood has married Melissa Spalding

Paul Hollywood has married Melissa Spalding, according to reports

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 21/09/2023

- 15:07

The Great British Bake Off star has reportedly tied the knot with partner, Melissa Spalding

Baker and TV presenter Paul Hollywood, 53, and his 39-year-old partner Melissa Spalding have reportedly said their "I do's".

The pair, who are believed to have struck up a relationship about three years ago, were joined by friends and family as they said their vows in a "tasteful" and "stylish" ceremony.

A source has stated that staff at the Cypriot hotel where the ceremony was held "really pulled out all the stops to make it a memorable day".

The ceremony reportedly took place in the Ayia Athanasia chapel at Anassa Hotel which is located on the north-west Akamas peninsula of the island country.

"There was a very lively party with loud music and lots of drinking that went on until late into the night," the source said.

"Paul is very close to the hotel owners and they made sure that everybody had a great time.

Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood will be back with his Bake Off co-stars this month


"He loves Cyprus and it was a wonderful setting for what was a beautiful occasion," they concluded to the MailOnline.

GB News has contacted Hollywood's representatives for comment.

Among Spalding and Hollywood's guest list of 75 were friends, family and none other than Hollywood's fellow Bake Off judge, Prue Leith.

This marks the second time the Channel 4 star has been married following his divorce to ex-wife of 21 years, Alexandra, in 2019.


Hollywood's nuptials come in the same month he's set to return to screens in the new series of the Great British Bake Off.

He'll return alongside Leith and host Noel Fielding in the famous tent but this time around, Matt Lucas has been replaced by Alison Hammond.

Before a single episode of the new series has aired, however, Bake Off has been marred in controversy over show bosses' decision to axe national-themed weeks for fears of backlash.

Last year, Lucas and Fielding were criticised for wearing sombreros and shaking maracas while the contestants had to take on Mexican week, for instance.

Prue Leith

Paul Hollywood's Bake Off co-judge Prue Leith was reportedly in attendance


The decision by show bosses has angered many fans of the competition, including celebrity chef Anthony Worrall Thompson who blasted the show on GB News.

"It's complete nonsense," the chef ranted during a chat with Dan Wootton. "I mean, as William Shakespeare would say, it’s much ado about nothing.

"I can't believe the small minority who don't like these programmes don't have an on-off button on their televisions, and they can't just turn it off.

"The majority of people enjoy the programme. It's a light-hearted show. They like to have a bit of fun.

"Some of the jokes are pretty average I have to say but who cares? You know, it's a food programme with a bit of fun," he fumed.

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