Lifetime plan! Ant Anstead and Renee Zellweger ”They are so happy and super excited to be planning their long-term future together,” a source exclusively reveals in the latest issue Us Weekly.
The Wheelers and Dealers alum, 43, and the Oscar winner, 53, “deliberately played down wedding talk even though it’s something they’ve both been leaning towards for a while,” the insider adds. “They took their time to do it right, living in separate houses and not rushing anything. They try not to get too ahead of themselves and are both extremely private about their exact arrangements, but friends think an engagement could be very soon.”
As their relationship continues to thrive, “Ant is selling his home because he’s ready for something new,” says another source Us, noting that the two are “not moving in together at this time. “They’re still going strong,” the insider adds, noting that the reality star is currently keeping some of his belongings at his girlfriend’s house.
The couple first sparked dating rumors in June 2021, the same month Anstead and his ex-wife Christina Hall (née Haack) finalized their divorce. The exes, who share three-year-old son Hudson, had been married for less than two years when he Flip or Flop alum, 39, announced their split in September 2020.
Anstead and Zellweger appeared to confirm their romance when they shared a public kiss in July 2021, a month after rumors began circulating that the two were dating. later when kissing in public. “You can tell he’s in a good place in his life — he’s super happy,” the source exclusively said Us about the mindset of the English at the time.
The couple first met on set Celebrity IOU: Joyride — the Chicago actress as the main guest and Anstead as host. “Sometimes things come at the right time, and in fact, the right time is often the most unexpected,” he said Entertainment Tonight in August 2021, overwhelming his love.
“Especially Renée, she doesn’t give herself freely outside of movies. She’s a very private person and that’s something I really like about her,” he said. “I like that she can weld. You could see a side of her that was really real, and she really shared that, and I think that goes for all celebrities.”
Despite the happiness in Anstead’s life with Zellweger, he’s also in the midst of major drama with Hall. From For the love of cars alum filed for full custody of his little one in April while lobbing multiple allegations against his ex. In September, he accused Hall of exploiting their son on social media and reality TV, which she later denied. The following month, however, Hall agreed to no longer film Hudson for her TLC series and announced that she would no longer share photos of him on social media.
A few weeks later, Ant — who also shares daughter Amelie, 19, and son Archie, 16, with his first wife Louise Anstead — made headlines for sharing a video of Hudson via Instagram after specifically fighting Hall not to do so.
“It’s actually an interesting legal anomaly that I want to change. While the Coogan Act protects children, it does not cover ‘reality’ TV or social media,” he explained to a follower who asked why he shared the photo of Hudson. (Coogan’s Law is a California law that requires a portion of child actors’ earnings to be set aside in a protected trust account.) Anstead also teased that he was “working on a secret project to address this issue.”
The TV presenter continued: “Hudson will see a father who protects him when he had no voice, his childhood is not for sale. …As a parent, I don’t have to worry about incurring costs to protect him.”
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