We recently heard the very weird news that Renee Zellweger has started dating Ant Anstead. British peeps told me that Ant is somewhat famous in the UK, but here in America, he’s known more as “that guy who was married to Christina El Moussa for less than two years.” The ink was barely dry on Christina and Ant’s divorce when Ant and Renee began to see each other. It’s all very weird, and I still maintain that Renee has one of the most chaotic dating histories of any celebrity woman. Well, I guess Renee’s PR people want to ensure that this one works for a while, which is why we’re getting People Magazine “exclusives” about how Renee and Ant just “clicked.” Sure.
Renée Zellweger and Ant Anstead seem to be clicking as their summer romance blossoms. Zellweger, 52, and Anstead, 42, first met when working together earlier this month on the set of Anstead’s upcoming Discovery+ series Celebrity IOU: Joyride. News of their romance came days after Anstead finalized his divorce from HGTV star Christina Haack, 37.
An entertainment source tells PEOPLE that despite being an unlikely duo, the two-time Academy Award winner and the Wheeler Dealers star are bonding over their common interests.
“Sometimes two people just meet and click, and the timing is right,” the source says in this week’s issue. “Renée is creative…and often goes for guys who think out of the box. She’s smart, thoughtful and always looking to expand horizons and nurture those around her.”
“Both of them are private and dislike public scrutiny, so they have that in common. He’s a creative guy with lots of interests, and she likes to write and produce, so they have things to talk about when together,” the insider adds.
Haack announced news of her split from Anstead in September 2020, writing, “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. We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future.” They share son Hudson, 21 months, and have been granted joint legal and physical custody of him.
Ant is very much a car guy – he’s made a career out of being a car guy – but he seems interested in other stuff as well. I remember seeing him on Christina’s HGTV show and thinking that he seemed very family-oriented and like he had tons of ideas about decorating, renovations, etc. I bet that’s something he and Renee talk about, because she flips homes. But beyond that… yeah. They’re an odd couple. Which is fine, just be an odd couple and embrace it. Don’t pretend that this dude you’ve been dating for a minute shares all of your interests.
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