Christina Hall and Ant Anstead.
Longtime HGTV host Christina Hall claims she is “mentally exhausted” as a result of her ex-husband, TV personality Ant Anstead, who recently filed new court documents regarding custody of their three-year-old son, Hudson. The designer has stated that she will no longer feature Hudson in her social media posts or HGTV shows as a result of their most recent argument.
Hall claims Anstead is attempting to turn her fans, family, and friends against her.
According to People, Hall started dating British-born TV personality Anstead in October 2017 after divorcing her first husband, HGTV’s Tarek El Moussa. They later got married in December 2018. Hudson was born in September 2019, but the couple divorced less than two years later, in 2020.
In the early stages of their separation, they attempted to co-parent Hudson amicably, but Anstead claimed he grew increasingly alarmed by some of Hall’s parenting choices and filed for primary custody in April 2022. He allegedly asserted that Hall was only with Hudson nine days out of every month and that the setting wasn’t always secure. Additionally, he wanted to stop Hudson from being used without his consent in any “commercial endeavors.”
A judge in Los Angeles denied the emergency request and set a new hearing for June, stating that Hall would need time to prepare a response. In a statement to the media at the time, Hall expressed her sadness over Anstead’s filing and her wish that he had spoken privately with a mediator about the problems.
Some of their differences were ultimately resolved privately between the two, but a 12-hour mediation in early September was unsuccessful, according to Us Weekly. Anstead returned to court on September 27 to lodge a fresh complaint regarding his concerns that Hudson was being “exploited.”
Anstead stated in the latest court document that he and Hall had made no progress in resolving his objections to Hall featuring Hudson in sponsored, paid social media promotions and that he was concerned that she was secretly filming him for her HGTV programs, “Christina on the Coast” and the upcoming “Christina in the Country.” Therefore, he applied for legal custody of Hudson, but stated that he was content to continue sharing physical custody of Hudson with Hall on a 50/50 basis.
Despite having an ad for a mattress company on her Instagram feed right now, Hall claimed in a court filing that she had stopped using Hudson in paid advertisements and that Anstead was only after attention. She shared her account of events on social media as well.
Her third husband, real estate broker Josh Hall, whom she wed in early 2022, is shown cuddling up to her in the first Instagram post associated with the filing, which was published on September 29.
Tennessee nights, the writer penned. My soul has benefited greatly from being here. This is my safe haven when the world is spinning and people are a**holes. The trees, animals, and peaceful nights spent by the fire in the fall weather. Life is brief. Instead of trying to dim it, spend it with those who bring light into your life.
On the afternoon of October 2, Hall published another Instagram post criticizing Anstead in front of the public, referring to him as “Hudson’s father” rather than by his name, and announcing a change to her social media habits.
She wrote, “I am mentally worn out over the recent false accusations against me.” “Hudson’s father has tried to use deceit and manipulation to turn my family, friends, and supporters against me. This has had a significant impact on my family and me. Because of this, I have decided to stop featuring Hudson on Instagram, my television programs, or any other social media platforms until he is old enough to decide for himself.
Hall continued by stating that she has “always been fine” with their young child not being featured on public platforms.
She wrote, “My only desire has always been for him to join in on the enjoyable activities/outings with our family/siblings.
Since he only has access to my Instagram account, Hall continued, “Hudson’s father has made it clear in his public court filings that he is using it to judge the kind of parent I am. Since July 2020, this has been the situation. This is unneeded pressure for a platform that is meant to be a sharing tool rather than a tool for judgment, especially since this is only a very small portion of my personal life since the rest is kept between my family and I.
Hall concluded her post by saying, “Hudson will be just fine without having his presence displayed on a public forum. My personal collection of photos on my phone and in our home are filled with memories of my children. I appreciate everyone who can see past the nonsense that is being thrown at me. I have always been a protective mother, and I always will be.
Anstead Remains Mum Publicly, as Does El Moussa
Anstead, who has been dating Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger since mid-2021, has not made any public remarks or posts regarding the custody dispute.
He has two additional children with his ex-wife Louise, who remarried in early 2022: Amelie, age 19, and Archie, age 16. The teenagers reside with their mother in England, but according to Anstead, he keeps in close contact with them and pays them frequent visits.
Many of Hall’s fans claim that the car expert, whose shows have included “Wheeler Dealers” and “Celebrity I.O.U.: Joyride,” is hypocritical because he frequently posts pictures of all three of his children on Instagram even though it doesn’t seem like he has done so in exchange for money.
In addition to Hudson, Hall also has two other kids with Tarek El Moussa, with whom she co-hosted HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” for ten years: Taylor, 12, and Brayden, 7. The couple divorced formally in 2018 after divorcing amicably in 2016.
Because Taylor and Brayden frequently appeared on “Flip or Flop” and were involved in the filming of their parents’ new shows, HGTV viewers got to watch them as children. Given Hall’s promise to no longer include Hudson, it’s unclear at this time whether HGTV will need to cut Hudson out of scenes that have already been shot for upcoming episodes of “Christina on the Coast” and the debut of “Christina in the Country.”
On social media, Hall and El Moussa both frequently post pictures of their two children. In an intriguing turn of events, El Moussa and Anstead have gotten close since his divorce from Hall. Anstead claimed in 2021 that he thought of El Moussa and his second wife, Heather Rae, as part of his “extended family.”
He hasn’t yet made any public remarks about the developing custody battle between Hall and Anstead either. El Moussa revealed to E! Online in 2020 that Anstead and Hall were divorcing. He said he would rather not comment but that he understood why their fans are so interested in their lives.
According to El Moussa, “I think it’s more than just a real estate show for most fans.” “This is what we’ve been doing for so long. People are familiar with us because they have witnessed the birth of our children, watched us raise them, and observed our divorce. They have been keeping tabs on us for almost ten years. It makes sense that they feel like they are a part of it.