Summer Monteys-Fullam has admitted she was 'besotted' with Paul Hollywood when their relationship first began but was warned by her family that relationship could 'explode'.
The former barmaid, 24, dated The Great British Bake Off star, 53, for several months before the relationship imploded in arguments and legal battles.
Speaking to The Sun's Fabulous magazine, Summer told how she fell head over heels for Paul when they first began dating in November 2017.
Honest: Summer Monteys-Fullam, 24, has admitted she was 'besotted' with Paul Hollywood, 53, when their relationship first began but was warned the relationship could 'explode'
She said: 'It did move quickly and, yes, I was besotted at the beginning.'
Summer's mother Sabina had reservations about the 29-year age gap between the couple and had fears from the beginning the relationship would not work.
Sabina said: 'You’ve got a beautiful young redhead with an older man . . . the age gap. It was all there. I always knew it would explode.'
While the age gap between Summer and Paul raised eyebrows, the model insisted it never bothered her.
Relationship: The former barmaid dated The Great British Bake Off star for several months before the relationship imploded in arguments and legal battles
She said: 'The age gap for me wasn’t a problem. I didn’t really care about it because if you love someone, then age is nothing but a number.'
The couple kept their romance private for a number of months but Summer did receive her families blessing, including from her 12-year-old sister.
Summer admitted she was the victim of cruel online Trolls after her relationship with Paul became public, with Sabina telling how she saw a change in her daughter.
However, time heals all wounds and Summer now feels she is back to being the 'strong chick' she was a few years ago.
Summer, who dumped the TV star after he asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement about their relationship, also insisted that she never intended to pursue a life in the spotlight before dating Paul.
Summer said: 'It did move quickly and, yes, I was besotted at the beginning'
However, now that doors have opened for her, the social media star said she wants to see what her new options are.
Paul's marriage to his ex Alex 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.
News of Paul's relationship with Summer sparked outrage from Alex, who filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery soon afterwards, with sources saying she believed he'd been having an affair with Summer before their split.
Their romance attracted an avalanche of headlines as Paul treated Summer to