Paul Hollywood has spoken out for the first time following reports he has split from his girlfriend after almost two years dating.

The 53-year-old celebrity chef, who struck up a relationship with a barmaid 29 years his junior, has claimed his ex was “continuously courting the paps” after his relationship took a ‘sour’ turn.

Summer Monteys-Fulham, 24, packed up her belongings and left the £850k home she shared with the GBBO star after she refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

And Paul has been forced to break his silence on the matter, taking to Instagram to vent his thoughts, declaring he doesn’t play publicity games. He uploaded a selfie and captioned it, ‘Morning all, thank you for your messages I’ve been receiving it means a lot. My silence on any matters is not a sign of weakness or agreement of what’s been said, merely I prefer a quiet life away from my day job!’

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Morning all, thank you for your messages I’ve been receiving it means a lot. My silence on any matters is not a sign of weakness or agreement of what’s been said, merely I prefer a quiet life away from my day job! Take what’s read with a pinch of salt and read between the lines. I know the public can’t be duped into believing what’s out there from a person making money selling stories! and continuously courting the paps…There’s always two sides to a story you’ve only heard one.. but alas I don’t play those games… thanks again ❤️

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The pair, got together in November 2017 after his wife Alex, 54, filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery but Summer was not named. Just six months ago Summer and Alex had an epic supermarket row.

In his latest post Paul warned, ‘Take what’s read with a pinch of salt and read between the lines. I know the public can’t be duped into believing what’s out there from a person making money selling stories! and continuously courting the paps…There’s always two sides to a story you’ve only heard one.. but alas I don’t play those games… thanks again ❤️’

It is understood Summer thought she was going to get a proposal but instead, was offended when his solicitor asked her to sign paperwork for a NDA and the Bake Off star is claimed to have shouted, ‘Why don’t you f*** off back on that horse you rode in on?’

Meanwhile a source claims his friends saw the split coming. Paul felt he won the lottery and was desperate to show her a good time…but his friends knew it was unsustainable.’