What ‘HGTV’s’ Christina Anstead Says About Her New Husband and How She Broke the News to Her Ex That She’s Expecting
According to Entertainment Tonight, Anstead called her ex-husband, Tarek El Moussa, to let him know about her upcoming arrival. “I told him right before I told the kids. “I waited after the first trimester to tell them to make sure everything was OK,” she said.
Anstead still works with El Moussa on their HGTV show Flip or Flop, so they have had to work through their differences for the sake of their careers and especially for their two children, Taylor and Brayden. Anstead said their conversation about her pregnancy was “good.” “[We’ve] just been doing it for a few years now, and it’s sort of normal, I guess,” she said.
Many issues in previous marriage
Anstead’s previous marriage faced tremendous pressure within only a few years. Country Living reports that Anstead and El Moussa married in 2009, and soon saw opportunity in the real estate market with fixing up foreclosed and distressed houses and selling them for a profit. In 2010, Anstead gave birth to their daughter Taylor, having worked with El Mousssa on the real estate renovations throughout her pregnancy. Then the couple decided to try for their own show. “We just started flipping houses and we took a long shot and sent a production company an e-mail,” El Moussa told CountryLiving.com in 2016. “They liked us and said to send a home video. We did, and they liked it. A year-and-a-half later, HGTV picked us up for a pilot.”
The show was a hit. But soon after, the couple endured several health issues, including El Moussa’s thyroid cancer diagnosis, and a miscarriage for Anstead, according to Country Living. Just as Anstead discovered she was pregnant again, El Moussa suffered a serious back injury. His recovery took a year and a half, which included a dramatic weight loss and time on strong medication, which El Moussa said “really affected my mental and physical state and changed who I was,” as noted by Country Living.
Their son Brayden was born in August 2015, and Anstead went back to work just one month later. “It was too soon for me,” she told People`. “I was overwhelmed. The tension between me and Tarek was high.” Their marriage was crumbling under all the strain from their health issues and commitment to their HGTV series. “We weren’t able to properly communicate anymore. It got to the point where we weren’t even driving to set together,” she said. “But we went through a lot in a short amount of time.”
The couple separated in May 2016. In January 2017, Anstead filed for divorce, which was finalized a year later, according to Country Living.
A new beginning
Anstead met Ant at the end of 2017. “It was immediate, that connection [with Ant]. I knew the second we drove to dinner together, we just had that spark, but [we’re] also so comfortable together. [We feel like] we’ve known each other forever,” she told Entertainment Tonight. The two wed last December.
Soon after their honeymoon, Anstead found out she was pregnant. “[Having kids] wasn’t on our mind — if it happened, it happened. It definitely was not something where [we said], ‘We want a baby right now…’ We got back from our honeymoon [and] found out I was pregnant… I felt off during the honeymoon and when I got home, I felt I should take a test, not thinking at all it was going to show positive. I was just like, ‘OK, this makes five — here we go!'”
Anstead also became a stepmom to Ant’s two children Amelia and Archie when the two tied the knot. “We have not chosen [a name] yet. We have a few up in the air. Between the four kids (between the two families) and us, this is still a process,” she said. “We are going to wait until right before and make a decision.”
Their blended family already has a bond with each other. “The kids are such different ages, but they get along so well,” Anstead told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s been super fun traveling and spending time together and we are looking forward to welcoming this new baby.”
Anstead is due in September.