Although the first episode of GBBO Season 13 has yet to premiere — it will be postponed due to Queen Elizabeth II’s recent passing — Lightbody has already gotten significant support for her journey on the show. Lightbody has a boyfriend whose favorite Turkish flavors she has begun to incorporate into her baking, per the show’s website. He’ll presumably be cheering her on from back home — whether or not she brings Middle Eastern tradition to the white tent.
The young chef also has some esteemed backing behind her. Rahul Mandal, who won the competition in 2018, stated that he was a fan of Lightbody’s TikTok account, where she occasionally posts food content. He commented on GBBO’s Instagram post about the contestant, “Aww Rebs, you are so beautiful and your tiktoks are awesome, so as your bakes! Please be my bake off sister.” Furthermore, her alma mater, Ballymena Academy, tweeted, “We wish you well Rebecca and will be supporting you all the way!”