Great British Bake Off host Paul Hollywood and his wife Alex are separating after nearly 20 years of marriage.
The couple said in a joint statement: ‘It is with sadness that we have decided to separate.
“Our focus continues to be the happiness of our son, and we would ask the press and public to allow us privacy as a family during this very difficult time.’
Earlier this month Paul, 51, was pictured kissing the winner of the seventh season of Bake Off, Candice Brown, 32.
Series seven winner Candice, who recently announced her engagement to Liam Macauley, was spotted with Paul as he cupped the back of her head and kissed her goodbye following a night out at the Pride of Britain Awards in London. She was also seen toying with Paul’s ear as they relaxed at the table at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
After the images were released, Candice branded it a ‘goodbye peck’. A spokesman for the pair said it was an ‘innocent kiss on the cheek’, and that it was ‘untrue’ to describe it as an ‘intimate kiss’.
The representative, who was also there on the night, told MailOnline:
‘Following The Mirror Pride of Britain Awards last Monday, seven of us including Paul and Candice were seated outside waiting for cars home.
The photograph was taken as Paul was saying goodbye to each of us.’
The Bake Off host, who is now worth £10million, split from his wife, 53, temporarily in 2013 after admitting an affair with his US co-star Marcela Valladolid, 39.
The couple reconciled a few months later and he described the incident as ‘the biggest mistake of my life’ in an interview with BBC radio.
Speaking at the time, he told the BBC he ‘was shocked about the whole thing kicking off the way it did… but I deserved it and I’ve taken it. It was my punishment.’
Mr and Mrs Hollywood, who is also a chef, married in 1998, and have a teenage son together, Joshua.