Ruby, the star of Great British Bake Off, has changed significantly after she had a public row with the show's judge - Paul Hollywood.
While the Great British Bake Off does not usually approach its viewers with its drama and is normally viewed for sheer enjoyment and light comfort, one ex-participant made a stir when she fought with expert baker Paul Hollywood.
Ruby's public row with Bake Off judge
Ruby Tandoh was a competitor on the fourth series of the show Bake Off when she was only 21 years old. She became a fan favorite throughout the series that year. She continued her journey till the final round, where she placed as a joint runner-up with Kimberley Wilson, who is 39 years old now. It was Frances Quinn who became the victor of the competition.
After the program shifted from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2016, Ruby had a public dispute with judge Paul. She named him a ‘walking gammon joint’ and a ‘peacocking manchild’, and blamed him for ‘lingering where the money is.’.
Ruby criticized him for not following in the footsteps of his co-stars Mary Berry, Sue Perkins, and Mel Giedroyc who decided to quit the show amid its changing broadcaster.
The former contestant then refueled the fire of the conflict as she appeared on Twitter and mentioned her antis: ‘For those who thought I fancied Paul Hollywood or that I’d ever bang him to get ahead - JOKE’S ON YOU, YOU MASSIVE S******G MISOGYNISTS’
Paul later replied: ‘Very happy for you Ruby... but why do you feel it necessary bringing me into your announcement?’ as BirminghamMail reported.
The one-time participant subsequently declared that she did not 'lose sleep' over the issue and that she no longer watches the show since the theme song makes her 'feel sick'.
What is she doing now?
At the moment, Ruby is totally unrecognizable from her Bake Off days, having gone from natural brown wavy hair and very slight make-up to longer violet-colored hair and more intense make-up nine years later. Ruby revealed in 2016 that she had shaved her head, claiming that she had been ‘hiding behind a big mop of hair’. She made a joke: ‘Bye curls. Hello being unapologetic.’
The cookbook author and culinary writer have since grown her hair back, and she even showed off purple highlights in a photo uploaded a few years ago.
A myriad of Instagram images show her with curly locks similar to her Great British Bake Off haircut, but in a shorter and less colorful style than she previously chose.
However, she has undergone other changes in her life since appearing on the program, including becoming a best-selling novelist and writing for publications such as The Guardian.
Crumb, her first cookbook, was launched in 2014, the same year she reached the final of the GBBO. She has now released Flavour and Eat Up! as follow-ups.
She just released Cook As You Are, a cookbook with over 100 recipes that have been hailed as ‘delicious, inexpensive, and doable’ for home chefs.
Ruby's personal life has also changed in recent years, with Ruby marrying her fiancée Leah Pritchard in a private wedding in Sheffield in 2018.
Ruby had previously revealed that she was bisexual and had come out to her Twitter followers in a tweet on the social media platform in 2015.