A Timeline of Christina and Ant Anstead's Relationship — From Secret Romance to Shocking Split
All of the key moments from the Flip or Flop star's romance with her British TV presenter husband
Christina's New British Beau
New year, new man! The Flip or Flop star and the TV presenter's relations made their relationship public in January 2018, marking the moment with a photo of the couple taking a bike ride. They had clearly been keeping their romance under the radar for a few months, as Christina later said they met "at the end of 2017," and Ant revealed they celebrated a 6-month anniversary on April 30.
Here for the Holidays
Christina posted a sweet tribute to her new love on Valentine's Day, and showed off his homemade gift for her: a picture frame. Ant echoed her sentiments, writing "My Valentine is a HOTTIE," on his Instagram Stories that day.
Home Town Date
The HGTV host posted a heartfelt tribute to the Wheelers and Dealers star on his 39th birthday. "He has already grounded me in so many ways and I'm so grateful for him," she said, adding that he "is an amazing dad to his children and also great with mine, driven and talented, humble and kind, patient and a great listener, fun and hilarious, spiritual and to top it all off he's hot AF."
Time flies! Ant gushed over Christina on their six month anniversary, writing, "I've loved every second I spend with her!" He added that she is a "proper travel buddy," and also complimented her sense of humor and her ability to get his "British sarcasm."
Dating Advice from a Royal
Although they hadn't revealed any plans for marriage at the time, Christina and Ant did celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials in May. Ant even admitted to texting the royal for advice on dating a "Yank." The famous newlywed's answer? "His reply will be kept a secret!" Ant said.
Ready for Forever
In a July PEOPLE cover story, Christina opened up about how she saw her future with Ant.
"I can see myself getting married to him," she said. "He's so down-to-earth, and we have so much in common. We basically do the same thing, so he gets what my world is like, and he's just rolled with the punches and handled everything so well."
Written in the Sky
That same month, after surprising her with a trip to Mexico for her 35th birthday, Ant made a grand gesture, having "I [heart] C" spelled out in sky writing above their oceanfront hotel.
He also posted a gallery of photos on Instagram to celebrate the big day. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY to this absolute LEGEND!!!! 35 today!!! @Christinaelmoussa you make me laugh every single day! You are crazy! In a good way! An inspiration! You saved me! Oh and not too shabby for 35!!!" he wrote.
Making a Blended Family
The party of six vacationed together in Hawaii in August, and braved a travel disaster, when, Christina revealed, they missed their flight because of a visit to urgent care and the impending arrival of a hurricane. "I guess Maui wasn't ready for us to leave," she wrote of the incident.
Celebrating One Year
The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary in October 2018 with Christina revealing the story of how they first got together. "A year ago today [Ant Anstead] called me for the first time and we spoke for 29 mins two days later ... he FaceTimed me (I was thinking who FaceTimes?)," she wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of them showing some PDA while in London. "Anyways I answered and we spoke for 2.5 hours ... two days later we met for the first time and we've been inseparable ever since."
In December 2018, Ant posted a photo of him and Christina sharing an "epic" dessert while "celebrating something special." Fans were quick to speculate that "something" was an engagement, noting in the comments that Christina's hands were conveniently cropped from the image.
The pair tied the knot in a winter wonderland-theme wedding at their home in Newport Beach, CA, on December 22, 2018.
To pull off their surprise "I dos," the pair asked 70 of their closest friends and family members to meet at the house, where a charter bus would then transport the group to watch the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Instead, guests walked into a wedding. Under an altar in their front yard, the couple exchanged vows with their children close by.
A New Addition
Three months later, in March 2019, the newlyweds revealed they were expecting their first child together.
The HGTV star posted a photo of herself hugging her husband and holding up a sonogram on Instagram, "Ant and I are so excited to announce #babyanstead coming this September!! The kids are all so excited to meet their new sibling," she wrote.
And baby makes 7! Their son, Hudson London, was born on September 6, 2019.
"It's definitely been a big adjustment for all of us having a newborn around again. But it's so nice to be home, and we're all excited to figure out our new normal with the cutest little British baby," Christina said in an episode of Christina on the Coast that documented Hudson's arrival and aired in January 2020.
Celebrating One Year
In December 2019, the couple shared messages of love to celebrate their one-year anniversary. "1 year ago today! I still get emotional watching this! What a year it's been. I was 2 weeks pregnant with baby Hudson here and had no idea – ?. @ant_anstead I love you, our blended family and this life with you," Christina captioned their wedding video on Instagram.
Ant wrote his own note alongside a series of highlights from their wedding day. "Holy smokes!!!! A year ago! And What a year!? We have done enough for several lifetimes! 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!? you are PERFECT!!! My wife!"
Calling It Quits
On September 18, 2020, less than two years after their wedding, Christina announced in an Instagram post that the couple had split.
"Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate. We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority," Christina wrote. "We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future."