Over the weekend, we discussed the truly surprising news of Christina and Ant Anstead’s separation. They have been married for less than two years, and they welcomed their son Hudson one year ago. Christina is part of a successful HGTV franchise with her now ex-husband Tarek El Moussa – they still do Flip or Flop together, and they are still deeply connected financially and with their two kids. But when Christina married Ant, she got a separate HGTV show, and she featured a lot about her home life with Ant. I thought they were happy. At least, I thought they would make it a solid five years. So what went wrong?
Christina and Ant Anstead were having trouble navigating life with their blended families before she announced their split, a source tells PEOPLE. The Christina on the Coast star, 37, revealed last Friday on Instagram that she and her British TV presenter husband of less than two years were separating. But the couple had been struggling with their relationship for a year — since the birth of their son Hudson, 1, in September 2019, according to a source.
“After the baby, they started having conflicts,” the source says. In addition to Hudson, Christina shares daughter Taylor, 10, and son Brayden, 5, with ex Tarek El Moussa and Ant has Amelie, 16, and Archie, 14, with his ex-wife Louise Herbert.
Despite her full house, the source says, the designer was left feeling “lonely and unhappy” with her home life. “Christina found it difficult to balance everything” and “their marriage was struggling.”
While the news of their split comes as a shock for HGTV fans (she also appears alongside El Moussa on Flip or Flop), Christina is remaining optimistic about her future. “She never expected to get a divorce,” the source says. “But she is doing okay and focusing on the kids.”
Some commenters were saying that the pandemic screwed up the family, that Ant has been in England for months and that he and Christina have been low-key separated all that time? Could be. It might be a chicken-and-egg situation – the pandemic screwed everything up, or they were already having big problems and that’s why he left. In any case, I feel sorry for her – sitting in her “dream home” with three kids. Tarek has always been a hands-on dad to Taylor and Brayden, and I assume that he’s probably helping Christina out a lot on that front.
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