Paul Hollywood was left distraught after his younger brother was hospitalised with Covid, saying: “It was a huge panic….I didn’t want to lose him.”
The Great British Bake Off judge opened up about his fears for his 50-year-old sibling Lee: “My brother phoned me up a couple of weeks ago to say he caught Covid.
“He was petrified of my mum. He got it quite badly. He just felt pressure on his chest and that was the reason they pulled him in.
“It could have been affiliated to almost a panic attack because he had it.
“He was struggling breathing for a bit. He was hospitalised. He felt this weight on his chest.”
Speaking on his new podcast, Hollywood and Byrne : “I was panicking ‘My brother is in hospital is he alright?’ I couldn’t get hold of him.
“The WiFi in hospital wasn’t working so he couldn’t contact us. I was texting him.
“My other brother, Jason set up this WhatsApp group. We were bombarding him ‘Where are you? What’s happening? Are you in ICU?’ And it was a huge panic for me. I don’t want to lose my brother.”
Thankfully Lee is out of hospital and has beaten Covid. Like his famous brother, he is also a baker and was even sharing snaps of some homemade sausage rolls earlier this week.
Lee previously ran Born & Bread in the Wirral, Liverpool, which supplied hundreds of artisan loaves, baguettes and sweet treats to hotels, restaurants, delicatessens and football clubs. But sadly his business went into administration last year.
Speaking in 2016, he said: “I’m the grafter of the family, Paul’s too busy with Bake-Off. The last time he made a proper loaf was about ten years ago!”