The mother of Paul Hollywood’s girlfriend has posted a video about a row in a branch of Marks & Spencer involving her daughter and Mr Hollywood’s ex-wife, claiming the older woman started the fight.
The family of Summer Monteys-Fullam’s posted the Instagram video in response to the incident last week in which Alex Hollywood, 54, is alleged to have hurled foul-mouthed insults at Summer, 23, including calling the younger woman a ‘sl*t’ .
Ms Hollywood is alleged to have had the ugly spat with Miss Monteys-Fullam when the two bumped into each other at an M&S store in Canterbury, Kent on Tuesday.
The fracas is even alleged to have resulted in police being called, having initially started at the checkout before spilling out into the car park, with one witness describing the language used as ‘disgusting’.
Miss Monteys-Fullam’s mother Sabina defended her daughter today and took the TV baker’s former wife to task over her alleged nasty behaviour.
In the video, Summer Monteys-Fullam’s mother Sabina said the row was started by Alex Hollywood
Saskia captioned the video, which has since been viewed thousands of times, ‘the truth is finally out’ before it cuts to her mother Sabina, who speaks for five minutes outlining what she understands to be the truth of the matter.
Sabina says her daughter has been vilified in the press and asks everyone to ‘move on’, but adds that she has ‘a lot of sympathy’ for Ms Hollywood.
She says the attack was categorically started by the baker’s ex wife, who she says verbally abused her 23-year-old daughter as she went shopping in Canterbury, Kent.
Alex and Paul Hollywood, who have a 16-year-old son together, announced their split in November 2017 following the revelation of the star baker’s second affair.
Paul Hollywood and his then-wife Alex at the National Television Awards in 2015
Sabina, who lives near the city, said she was speaking ‘with a heavy heart’, saying: ‘My daughter Summer has been in a relationship with Paul Hollywood for just over a year and in that time, she and my family have been thrust into the spotlight.’
She said reporting of the relationship in the press has included ‘lies’, adding: ‘Summer’s character and reputation has been totally distorted in the media and it has been painful to watch as parents.
‘She is a bubbly, funny and incredibly sweet-natured person and anyone who knows her well knows that she leaves and breathes for her ponies and her dogs, all seven of them.’
She said the ex wife was ‘very angry’ when she confronted her daughter at the checkout, adding: ‘She was loud and angry and said a lot of things in front of several witnesses that have been reported in the press.
‘The cashier that was directly serving Summer at the time was concerned enough to ask her if she was OK.’
After arriving moments later with her younger daughter whom she had picked up from school, Sabina said, she walked up to Ms Hollywood in the car park while asking her daughters to film the incident.
‘We walked up to the car and I asked Alex to leave us, and my daughter, alone as her behaviour was unacceptable.
‘I said that I had sympathy for her but she could not act in this way and left soon after without any of the allegations that have been reported occurring.
Summer’s sister Saskia uploaded the video
‘She called the police on me the next day, where I showed them the video, which I still retained, from commencement to completion and they were wholly satisfied that no further action was necessary.
‘It had clearly demonstrated that there was no swearing, no threatening behaviour, no intimidation or banging on the car by me or any of my group. This is why we filmed it specifically.
‘I have a lot of sympathy for Alex and her family and the divorce being played out in public and I am especially sympathetic and empathetic as we too have had our lives played out and put in the spotlight, which I would not wish on anyone, so the last thing I’d want to do is make a situation worse for either family.
‘However our voice has never been heard. We have maintained a silence which may have been misconstrued as weakness, but was simply, we felt, the best approach.’
Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood was seen for the first time with his new girlfriend Summer Monteys-Fullam while on a boat
She said she had posted the video in order to be sure of not being misquoted.
‘It is over a year after the breakup,’ she went on, ‘they were separated for a long time and we are sad that she is still so very angry about the situation and we really hope she can find it within herself to move on to a peace and happiness in her future as quickly as possible.’
She said she had told her daughters to avoid posting anything on social media which could be misconstrued.
‘I truly hope that we can all move on to lead happy, productive and peaceful lives,’ she added.
In an interview with the Daily Mail Weekend magazine, Alex said it was ‘hard to stay married these days’ because modern couples do not treat the union with as much sanctity as their parents’ generation.
They married in 1998, but in 2013 he had an affair with Marcela Valladolid, 34, his TV co-star on the US version of Bake Off.
Mrs Hollywood said she stayed with her husband for the sake of their son Josh, and because she ‘believed I was doing the right thing’.
‘I think everybody’s entitled to one mistake,’ she said.
Speaking about their separeation she said: ‘It’s such a big thing to comprehend, to end a marriage. But I had to do the right thing, and to have self-respect as well.
‘Any marriage is about respect and loyalty and friendship. Also self-respect, and I respect myself.’
MailOnline has contacted Alex Hollywood’s representatives for comment.