Paul 's estranged wife Alex says it's 'her time to shine' after ...

Paul 's estranged wife Alex has declared that she's ready to forge her own path to success, after helping her ex rise to TV stardom.

The 56-year-old cookery writer – whose marriage to Bake Off star Paul crumbled in 2017, four years after his affair with Marcela Valladolid – insists she played an instrumental role in his rise to fame, and now hopes to achieve the same for herself.

She told OK!: 'When Paul and I first came back from Cyprus [where they met], we literally had £1,000 and a suitcase. We worked hard together and as a result of that, Paul got The Great British Bake Off and did really well.

Time to shine: Paul Hollywood's estranged wife Alex has declared that she's ready to forge her own path to success, after helping her ex rise to TV stardom. Pictured in January 2015

Time to shine: Paul 's estranged wife Alex has declared that she's ready to forge her own path to success, after helping her ex rise to TV stardom. Pictured in January 2015

'Through hard graft from both of us, he got to the point where he was so big with Bake Off and now it's my time to shine. I'm not saying I don't wish him well, I really hope that he will find happiness.'

Alex, who shares 18-year-old son Joshua with Paul, 53, says she has moved on from her marriage – but she's ruling out romance until their divorce is finalised.

When asked if she's dated since the split, she responded: 'I'm not properly divorced yet so I want to get that over with first... I have divorce fatigue. I just want it over with so I can reassess how I'm going to live my life and find out who I want to be.' 

Waiting: The cookery writer, who shares 18-year-old son Joshua with Paul, 53, says she has moved on from her marriage – but she's ruling out romance until their divorce is finalised

Waiting: The cookery writer, who shares 18-year-old son Joshua with Paul, 53, says she has moved on from her marriage – but she's ruling out romance until their divorce is finalised

Paul and Alex's marriage came close to ending in 2013, when it was revealed that he'd had an affair with his The American Baking Competition co-star Marcela, 42.

He told The Mirror in July of that year 'It’s my fault. I am very sad about what has happened. I do feel very sad about it and what it brought on the family.'

However, Alex took him back three months later for the sake of their son, only for the pair to announce in November 2017 that things were officially coming to an end.

Announcing the end of their union, the pair said in a statement: 'It is with sadness that we have decided to separate.

Affair: Her marriage to Bake Off star Paul crumbled in 2017, four years after his affair with The American Baking Competition co-star Marcela Valladolid

Affair: Her marriage to Bake Off star Paul crumbled in 2017, four years after his affair with The American Baking Competition co-star Marcela Valladolid

'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.'

That same year, Kent barmaid Summer Monteys-Fulham, 24, sparked headlines when she revealed that she'd

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