When Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood announced his split from wife of 15 years Alexandra earlier this month all eyes turned to his pretty US co-judge Marcela Valladolid as a possible factor in the breakdown of his marriage – now sources say the 34-year has made her feeling clear to the handsome cook.
Paul – dubbed the George Clooney of baking – confirmed in a statement this month that he had split from his wife after it was reported that he had moved out of the family home and into a flat in Kent.
Paul announced his split from his wife earlier this month (WENN)
And while the 47-year-old offered no explanation for the breakdown of his marriage, it was hinted that his close relationship with Marcela as they filmed the US version of the popular BBC cooking show was to blame.
Now sources say Marcela, who is divorced from her politician hubby Fausto Gallardo, has revealed to Paul her feelings but insists that she has no plans to relocate to the UK following his split.
"Marcela has made it clear what her feelings are for Paul and that her marriage is over," a source told the Mirror.
"She is fascinated by what the future might hold with him. But she has made one thing clear – there are no plans to go and live in England."
Marcela is keen to stay in the US, according to insiders (WENN)
A friend of Marcel allegedly told the tabloid that she initially wanted to work through her relationship with Fausto, who she has a nine-year-old son with when she returned home to Tijuana, but instead confided to him that she had met someone new.
"She didn’t refer to Paul by name. All she would say was that the guy was rich and famous.
"Fausto had to go on the internet to find out who he was. He is obviously devastated but things have been on the rocks for a long, long time."