Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood, 51, and wife of 20 years Alexandra announced their separation in a joint statement on Monday 21 November.
And according to The Sun, sources have claimed their marriage struggled after Paul’s fame rocketed – with his wandering eye leading him to have an affair while working in the USA.
“The truth is they’ve worked really hard to salvage their relationship but just couldn’t recover from the damage that had been done.” a source told The Sun.
Paul married Alex in 1998, but separated in 2013 when he admitted to having an affair Marcela Valladolid, then 35.
“Paul was totally into Marcela and threw himself in with both feet,” the source added.
“When it all fell apart he went back to Alex with his tail between his legs, but in reality if Marcela had wanted to keep it going he was all for it.
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“He really believed he was going to start a new life with her, but in the end she walked away and he was left with nothing.
“He went back home and begged for forgiveness — but things were never the same.”
In their full statement on Monday, the couple vowed to focus on their 14-year-old son Josh, and there was no mention of whether any third parties had been a factor in the marriage breakdown.
Their full statement read: “It is with sadness that we have decided to separate.
“Our focus continues to be the happiness of our son… we ask the press and public to allow us privacy during this very difficult time.”
OK! Online have contacted a representative for Paul for comment.
It comes weeks after Paul was recently seen kissing Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown on the cheek – with some reports falsely claiming it might have been something more.
A representative for Paul explained later the photos, insisting Paul was saying goodbye to a group of people when he was pictured pecking Candice on the cheek.
“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 is of Paul saying goodbye to each of us,” the spokesperson said.
“The story this morning suggesting more is untrue and defamatory of both Paul and Candice who are in separate relationships.”
Candice also completely slammed the claims, taking to Twitter to tell her 87.5k followers.
She added: “No kisses or hugs hello or goodbye from now – handshakes or waves only.”
Stacey Solomon also replied, saying: “Well I was there the entire time no intimate kisses for where I was standing just a goodbye peck! I got one too…”
Candice then responded: “Whatttt you got a goodbye peck too? Remember handshakes and waves from now! Lovely to see you beautiful lady x.”