This article was originally published in August, 2020. It has been updated to reflect new information.
The love story between Christina on the Coast star Christina Anstead and Wheeler Dealers star Ant Anstead is not like most. They each had fallen in love, married, and started a family with someone else before crossing paths. While finding love after divorce isn't always easy, (especially when Christina and Ant both had two kids to think about) everything just fell into place for these two... until it didn't.
In September 2020, Christina and Ant Anstead announced that they had made the difficult decision to separate. But before we unpack that, let's take a look back at where their story began. Here's everything you need to know about Christina and Ant Anstead's relationship from the beginning to now.
2016: Tarek El Moussa files for divorce from Christina Anstead
El Moussa Anstead and Tarek El Moussa married in 2009, had two kids, a daughter, Taylor (9), and son, Brayden (4), and had made a name for themselves on their HGTV show Flip or Flop. However, things at home were not great and a number of reasons lead to the end of their marriage.
2017: Ant Anstead officially divorces from wife Louise
Ant Anstead married his now ex-wife, Louise in 2005. They had a daughter, Amelie (now 16) and a son, Archie (13). The couple officially divorced in 2017.
October, 2017: Christina and Ant Anstead start dating
When Christina and Ant first started dating, they stayed quiet about it on their social media channels. However, it was later confirmed that the couple started dating in October 2017. Christina revealed that the two of them were introduced through a mutual friend, going so far as to call it #fate.
December 2018: Christina and Ant Anstead get married
The couple officially wed at their first home together home in Newport Beach, California, on December 22, 2018. Though you might imagine the ceremony would have been extravagant, they chose to keep it under wraps, calling it their secret "winter wonderland" wedding, with 70 of their closest friends and family.
"We wanted to make it about the kids. It’s the six of us. We’re a blended family, so it was really important for them to be a part of it," Ant told People. So, naturally, they all played a role in the wedding. Both Christina and Ant each had two children from their previous marriages. Side note: the ring was gorgeous!
January 2019: Christina and Ant Anstead honeymoon in Bora Bora
In a video from the vacay, Ant shared an inside joke he and Christina have together—apparently, every Sunday since they met, the two of them wish each other a "Happy Anniversary!" "This is funny to us," he shared. I guess we had to be there, but cute nonetheless.
March 2019: Christina Anstead announces she is pregnant
Christina and Ant announced that they are expecting baby number five due in September 2019. "#Gonnaneedabiggercar," Christina half-joked in her Instagram announcement post, as now her blended family of six would become seven.
September 2019: Christina and Ant welcome their first child together
The family of six officially became a crew of seven when Hudson London Antstead was born on September 6, 2019. He weighed in at 7 pounds and 7 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Christina shared the news on her Instagram with a sweet pic of her, Ant, and the baby in the hospital.
December 2019: Christina and Ant Anstead celebrate their one year wedding anniversary
"I am blessed, I am lucky, I am loved, I am full, I am happy, I am yours. You saved me and you complete me," Ant Anstead wrote on Instagram of the big day. Christina similarly shared a video of their wedding on Instagram to commemorate their first anniversary.
March 2020: Christina pens super sweet post to Ant Anstead for his 41st birthday
Christina paid tribute to the couple's adventurous life together—including their time spent in self-quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak—in a heartwarming Instagram post on March 28. "We’ve had so many adventures in the past 2.5 years. Bike rides, UK trips, safaris, Ireland, Cabo, Maui, new home, surprise wedding, surprise Hudson, and so much more," she says. "I can’t wait to see where this next decade takes us. Love you, our life together and our 5 amazing kids."
July 2020: Ant Anstead plans a sweet surprise for Christina's 37th birthday
For Christina's 37th birthday, Ant arranged a lovely breakfast for the family overlooking Laguna Beach in a teepee equipped with cozy floor pillows and cushions galore. Christina enjoyed a margarita while Taylor raved about the food: "it's so good, the food is just amazing."
September 2020: Christina announces the couple's decision to split
In a post on Instagram, Christina shared the sad news with her fans. "Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate," she said, adding that, "We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority."
The news came just a few weeks after the couple celebrated their son Hudson's first birthday.
September 2020: Christina and Ant address the separation
A week after announcing the news, both Christina and Ant made statements about the separation on Instagram.
Christina used her post to reintroduce herself to the world. She begins by listing some of her likes and dislikes, as well as opening up about her anxiety. She also comments on her new relationship status, revealing that this isn't what she planned for. "I never thought I would have one divorce let alone two. I never thought I would have two baby daddies, but sometimes life throws us curve balls," she wrote. "Instead of getting stuck in these 'setbacks,' I choose to look at these challenges as opportunities to grow."
Later that day, Ant Anstead also broke his silence on the separation. As he hints in the post, the decision to breakup was not his. He wrote: "Anyone who really knows me knows that I don’t like to share private matters publicly. I have remained silent while holding on to hope. I never gave up on us. I pray Christina’s decision brings her happiness."
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