Christina Haack charmed the world with her second marriage to Ant Anstead. It seemed like a match made in heaven but turned out sour after two years. After a divorce, there has been a showdown over their miracle child, whom she conceived after all hope had been lost.
TV show actress Christina Haack won the hearts of many flipping houses during her time as a "Flip or Flop" star with her ex-husband Tarek El Moussa.
Sadly the pair split, but a new love story was born when the real estate investor met an English TV presenter, Ant Anstead, in 2017.
Christina Haack attends the TREND Group and Granite Transformations' product collection launch event, 2016, Miami Beach, Florida. | Source: Getty Images
Anstead, who dubs as a car builder and designer, found his heartthrob when he was fresh from divorce from his ex-wife, Louise.
Both Anstead and Haack connected instantly. They were so confident in their love that they shared their vows a second time, believing that they found each other at the right time. According to the British-born:
"We saved each other."
Ant Anstead attends Discovery's "Serengeti" premiere at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on July 23, 2019 | Source: Getty Images
They opted for an intimate wedding ceremony to keep the happiness between them. The celebration of love tagged "winter wonderland" took place at their home in Newport Beach, California, in front of seventy guests, including close friends and relatives.
Haack was overjoyed at becoming a Mrs. again, and she revealed that she would be changing her last name. She added:
"Christina Anstead. We couldn't be any happier!"
The pair included their kids from the word go, two: Taylor and Brayden, from Haack's previous marriage, and two: Amelie and Archie, of Anstead's, in the equation.
They were at their wedding, and Anstead mentioned that they chose to make their children a top priority, as they are all part of the bunch. Thankfully, the kids had no problem bonding, which produced a perfectly blended family.
CHRISTINA HAACK'S LIFE AS CHRISTINA EL MOUSSA
Before finding happiness with Anstead, the real estate investor was in a sweet romance with Moussa, whom she married in 2009, and they made a beautiful family despite the health changes that plagued them.
A few years after welcoming their first child, Taylor, the pair began trying for a second child. In 2013, Moussa was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and simultaneously, while receiving treatment, the couple attempted sperm banking and IVF.
Unfortunately, their first two attempts at conceiving via IVF failed, as one led to a miscarriage (Haack had been diagnosed with PCOS). Haack decided to change her doctors and routine on another trial, determined to keep the baby.
Through a strict ritual of avoiding a stressful lifestyle that ran for months, Haack maintained her pregnancy, and in 2015, the couple welcomed their first son. However, following the arrival of their newborn, their marriage began to crumble.
Giving a refreshingly honest take on his failed marriage, Moussa revealed it all started when he was battling physical health challenges, including thyroid, testicular cancer, and back pain.
That was not all. The "Flip or Flop" actor mentioned that they used to be undetachable until their businesses and the cameras created an obstruction.
Sadly, the couple could not weather the storm without incurring a damaging effect on their marriage. In the end, their nearly one-decade romance became history.
MIRACLE SON, HUDSON
Immediately after her honeymoon with Anstead in Bora Bora, Haack started to feel unwell. She ruled out the possibility of pregnancy due to her health issues but wanted to be sure, so she took a test. Following the result, she said:
"I just didn't think I could get pregnant anymore."
Soon, it was confirmed that a boy described as a "miracle baby" would be joining the blended family. Still, Haack could not get over the excitement.
This is not the first time that Haack defied science. In 2009, she was diagnosed with the condition that saw her ovaries producing too much androgen and required hormonal therapy for conception.
She conceived her first child the following year, and Brayden was born in 2015. So her third child's birth was unexpected, which made it more fascinating.
CHRISTINA HAACK DIVORCES ANT ANSTEAD AND THE AFTERMATH OF THE SPLIT
What many thought was a happy-ever-after love story with an exemplary blended family turned out to be Haack's shortest marriage. After their divorce, the TV host and Anstead went back to the singlehood in 2021.
Nearly two years after they said their "I dos," the mother-of-three filed for divorce. Court papers revealed that they would have joint custody, both physical and legal, of their toddler son, Hudson London Anstead.
It was also reported that neither party would submit any fortune. However, the former lovers have been discreet about the terms and agreement in their court case.
What remains clear is that their separation was not due to infidelity or any other controversies that affect a Hollywood-like marriage. Instead, sources say they drifted apart.
Since then, the former couple has shown that they still believe in love, as they have moved on with new people. Haack chose to date realtor Josh Hall, and after a year, she sealed their romance with an "I do."
On the other hand, Anstead is not doing too badly as he is currently in a relationship with 53-year-old Renee Zellweger.
However, the pair are not in haste to confer the married label on themselves. They have been together for a while and are growing more assertive in their commitment to each other.
Considering how secretive the former couple was about the terms of their separation, fans found it surprising when Anstead slammed a lawsuit seeking temporary sole custody of their son, leading to an in and out of court episode.
The car builder recently asked the court to grant him custody of their 2-year-old after explaining that Haack has been absent from Hudson's life for a long time.
Anstead added that his ex-wife has resorted to backlashing him on social media, using their son as her pawn. But, that was not all; he reported how careless the mother-of-three has been with Hudson.
He mentioned how the toddler returned with a terrible sunburn after spending time with his mother and how unremorseful she acted when confronted about the situation.
The British-born also stated that his former partner put their child and himself in harm's way when she returned Hudson without revealing that her family suffered from coronavirus.
Apart from that, Anstead cited recklessness in her behavior, explaining that she once took Hudson in a golf cart without strapping him with a seat belt.
While Anstead considered Haack an unsafe parent, he pleaded with the judge to ban her from posting Hudson for her commercial benefits.
Following the accusations, Haack was distraught. She maintained that his lawsuit was to spite her and that Anstead could have chosen a private judge to address the issue if it was because of their son.
She challenged some allegations but confessed to the coronavirus claims, adding that she was the only one infected. Haack said that she was asymptomatic but chose to return their son. In the end, she said:
"I have had my share of ups and downs but I am a good mom."
Long before these allegations, the couple promised that they would continue to co-parent amicably, making their son a priority even as he matures. But unfortunately, Hudson already has to travel long distances to see them as a young child.
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