- 1The Beginning
- 2A Very Special Video
- 3An Empire Is Born
- 4New Beginnings
- 5A Star Is Born
- 6Not To Be Left Out
- 7Meet Ant Anstead
- 8Tying The Knot
- 9A Blended Family
- 10A New Addition
- 11Sharing Time
- 12The Happy News
- 13Now The World
- 14Boy Or Girl?
- 15The Nursery
- 16The Baby Shower
- 17A Surprise Guest
- 1810 Weeks To Go
There are few things more exciting than finding out that you are having a new baby and for Christina Anstead of Flip or Flop fame she could not be more thrilled. But this is not her first child or her first marriage which meant there was a very important person she needed to tell about her baby on board. Tarek El Moussa, who is not her ex-husband is still an instrumental part of her life as they share two children together. She knew that she would have to break the news to him about her pregnancy but was slightly apprehensive about how and when to do it.
After a lot of consideration about what to say, she decided it was finally time to tell him. The real worry that crossed her mind is what his reaction would be and how he thought it would affect their family dynamic. Her hope was that he would be positive and supportive of the fact that their two children would now have a third half-sibling. After all, a baby is a gift and things had not always been easy for Christina when it came to having their children. But what led up to this moment and how did Tarek truly react?
Once upon a time it seemed like Tarek and Christina had a fairytale-like life. They were newly married, had a great idea for an HGTV show, and it seemed like the world of flipping houses was at their fingertips.
When Christine found herself pregnant for the first time, Tarek and her decided they should also purchase their first house in need of some tender love and care. This would be the start of their housing empire and the road to HGTV. That first house and the birth of their first child is what seemed to truly cement these two as partners for life and a staple of HGTV’s regular programming.
A Very Special Video
It was while Tarek and Christina were turning that first house into a modern masterpiece that would wow buyers that Tarek had a pretty risky idea. Why not simply approach HGTV and introduce themselves to see if they would be interested in producing a show of their design.
After a lot of debate, Tarek decided to simply film a video of the two of them working together to show their chemistry onscreen and the amazing work they were able to do together. This would be the birth of Flip or Flop and make the two of them household names across North America because HGTV loved them.
An Empire Is Born
Their HGTV show Flip or Flop wasn’t a sleeper hit by any means. Instead, as soon as HGTV audiences began tuning in each week to see what Tarek and Christina had cooked up in terms of construction plans and chic home décor they could get enough. The show was wildly popular and ran for a whopping seven seasons. The pair managed to buy houses that been foreclosed in California but were in desirable neighborhoods.
Once they had purchased them, they were then able to bring in crews to get them fixed up to the highest standard and resell them for substantially more than what they bought them for. But their relationship was not exactly going as smoothly as their professional lives.
There were a variety of factors that contributed to Tarek and Christina deciding to separate but that did not mean that they no longer felt deep affection for each other. After celebrating ten years of marriage together it was time to call it quits. This was primarily due to the fact that they no longer found themselves working well together the way they once had and Tarek had had some health struggles.
Christina and he had dealt with his having cancer together and the medication and procedures he had to undergo and had affected him at a deep level. They decided to part ways but maintain a strong friendship for each other and their children.
As both Tarek and Christina adjusted to being alone for the first time in over a decade fans were worried that they may no longer see their favorite flip and floppers. But they would not have to worry for long.
Christina was not about to give up on the housing empire that Tarek and her had worked so hard to build. She had an idea for another show in mind. One that starred only her.
A Star Is Born
Christina had been a longtime fan of that beachy California vibe that so many of the houses she saw had. She decided to capitalize on this and suggest a show to HGTV which would feature her called Christina on the Coast.
HGTV loved the idea of having her back on the network and this time it will focus almost exclusively on interior design which is her passion. It will also just be along the coast of California rather than all over the state.
Not To Be Left Out
Now that Tarek has recovered from his cancer he will also have a new show coming to HGTV. These two have the kind of star power that keeps on going but the idea for his show will be a re-vamped version of Flip or Flop.
Instead of focusing solely on him as he prepares houses for sale he will have a team of new people who are interesting in learning the ropes and will provide them with some mentorship.
This former power couple seems like they are well on their way to making it solo but there is another area of their lives that have made it into the spotlight: new relationships. Once Tarek and Christina decided to split, Christina found herself falling for a new man.
He is pretty well-known is you hop across the pond to England and now that he and Christina are firmly ensconced in each other’s lives he may gain even more recognition. But who is her new man?
Meet Ant Anstead
The new love of Christina’s life is a British television host by the name of Ant Anstead who appears to also have a love affair with all things automobile. He is the co-host for a show called Wheeler Dealers. But when he and Christina met she had just separated from Tarek so he was unsure what this relationship would hold.
He shouldn’t have worried though because Christina was falling head over heels in love for him.
Tying The Knot
While Tarek and Christina worked out a way to co-parent and be civil to each other, she realized that she was ready to get married again. Who was the lucky man? Ant Anstead would be the one to see her walk down the aisle for a second time.
The wedding itself was relatively lowkey and only had a few very close family and friends which kept the two newlyweds largely out of the public eye.
A Blended Family
Both Ant and Christina came into this new marriage with children from their previous spouses which could have been the cause of some tension. The four children who are now part of this blended family are Taylor, Brayden, Amelie, and Archie with no two being the same age.
Christina has been happy to say that everyone gets along swimmingly and the photos that have been released of them all together seems to prove that.
A New Addition
Both Christina and Ant clearly love children and if you have ever tuned in for an episode of Flip or Flop you will know just how much Christina adores her children. She always wanted to have more but it seemed like that may not have been in the stars for her until recently when she received some big news.
She found out that Ant and her were expecting their first child together in September.
When Christina found out that she was going to have a baby she knew that there was another person outside of her new blended family who would need to know.
Tarek had been with her for all of her ups and downs during her first two pregnancies and as the father of Taylor and Brayden she knew that she would have to break the news to him. She worried about how he would take it.
The Happy News
Before Christina broke the news to the press that she and Ant would be having a baby in the fall she knew that Tarek would need to know. She approached him and told him about the happy news. Instead of being upset or perhaps bitter which she had feared he was happy for her.
She told the media that the exchange was nothing but “amicable” which was the best possible outcome.
Now The World
After sharing the happy news with close friends and family, including Tarek, Christina and Ant were ready to tell the world. She wanted everyone to know that she was expecting again and that they would reveal if it was a boy or a girl as soon as they know.
Now it was time for one of her favorite things, planning the baby’s nursery and how to decorate it. We can only imagine how chic it will be.
Boy Or Girl?
As the HGTV community and fans of Ant waited to see if it was a boy or a girl, the couple decided that they would finally let them in on their little secret. Christina and Ant are having a baby boy! The couple is beyond thrilled to be welcoming a baby boy into their California life.
His future siblings can’t wait to meet their new brother and teach him about all of the things siblings do, like maybe how to surf when he’s old enough.
This has been a topic of much debate, especially with Christina’s new show coming out. How will she decorate the nursery? Will it be the typical blue room with mobiles and toys strewn around or will it feature her signature style? She claims that it will be very in keeping with the theme she currently has going on which she calls “boho chic”.
There are many things arriving by the day but the nursery is not yet complete.
Upon further questioning, Christina did admit to a few design characteristics within her baby boy’s room. She said that she likes to have pattern rugs that layer over each other on the floor to create a quiet atmosphere.
Dream catchers are also a particular favorite of hers so she has begun to source some good ones to make sure her baby boy’s bad dreams are all caught. This will be a very special room.
The Baby Shower
The baby shower itself was also something of a design masterpiece and was hosted at the Balboa Bay Resort located in Newport Beach. This mama doesn’t like to stray far from the coast that’s for sure.
It featured all of the little things that you would imagine from blue glazed donuts and a country chic cake to a whole lot of dream catchers hung around the area where the party was held.
A Surprise Guest
Traditionally speaking, the father is not normally present at the baby shower which is why this surprise guest did not show up until right towards the end. Christina spent time with her family and her daughter Taylor during the shower but when things were starting to wrap up and the gifts were opened who should appear but Ant himself.
The happy couple took this time to get some lovely baby bump pictures together.
Not to be left out of the mix, their four children have been very involved with the whole process as the couple prepares for their new little one and they get ready for their new sibling. Taylor got to open some of the gifts which Christina documented and shared with her fans.
There were some particularly cute baby onesies which Taylor seemed to be eyeing and we’re sure baby Anstead will be wearing.
10 Weeks To Go
With Christina seven and a half months pregnant things are definitely getting down to the wire in terms of preparations. She says that over the next couple of weeks she and Ant will finally start to put the nursery together and turn it into the hippie paradise she sees in her mind.
This baby will grow up with the kind of parents all kids dream of. He will definitely be at the height of fashion just like his mama as well.
The word is still out on what exactly this baby boy’s name will be as Christina and Ant have kept very quiet about it. It sounds like they have some ideas but they have not yet decided to share those.
When asked, Christina mentioned that the idea for the name has been a joint decision between all six of them. Both she and Ant want the kids to feel as involved as possible.
Her husband Ant is usually pretty quiet but he has said that since being with Christina and now the upcoming birth of their child has really changed him in a profound way. He couldn’t feel more blessed to have found her and be on this journey together.
Both Christina and Ant regularly post messages about the love and admiration they have for each other because they want everyone to share in their happiness.
Their baby may not be here yet but we know we along with the rest of the world cannot wait to meet him. Tarek will most likely get to meet the baby pretty soon after his arrival as his kids will be very involved from the first moment that baby Anstead enters the world.
It will be very exciting to watch this new family evolve and enjoy the new HGTV shows both Tarek and Christina have coming out.