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Paul Hollywood: Affair was 'biggest mistake of my life'

Celebrity baker Paul Hollywood confirmed for the first time that he'd had an affair and said he is working to repair his marriage Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Great British Bake Off host Paul Hollywood has described his affair with an American co-star as "the biggest mistake of my life."

He was widely reported to be having a fling with Marcela Valladolid, co-judge of The American Baking Competition, but had never previously spoken about it.

He told BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Bacon: "It was the biggest mistake of my life - because actually I still love my wife [Alexandra]. We are talking, working together but it's going to take time.

"I 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."