While breakups are almost always difficult, there's added pressure when you're part of a celebrity couple. And, once said breakup does occur, people are then on the lookout to see when and how each member of the former couple moves on. HGTV star Ant Anstead surprised many fans when word surfaced that the master mechanic and host of the upcoming Discovery+ series, Celebrity IOU Joyride, had started dating Oscar winner Renée Zellweger. Now, Anstead has given fans a peek at his date night with Zellweger.
It was just toward the end of June that rumors started to swirl about Ant Anstead and award-winning actress Renée Zellweger having a meet cute on the set of his new show and hitting it off enough for them to start hanging out. While the duo has been spotted out and about since then, neither party has addressed their relationship publicly. Now, though, those rumors appear to be confirmed, as Anstead has shared a photo of a recent date night on his Instagram Stories. Take a look!
Awww! They make a cute couple, right? As you may have noticed, this is actually a repost of a photo from one of Anstead's friends that he decided to share with us. Clearly, things have been going well enough with the new couple for him to think it was cool to go Instagram official with Zellweger by both having his friend post this shot of them at an event, and for Anstead to then put it in his Stories for all of his fans to see.
And, if you're thinking this shot of them together isn't a real sign of anything, please note the "We are so happy for you @ant_anstead" that his friend put right above the picture. While this is also not a romantic smoking gun, necessarily, it does seem as though she would have been more specific if talking about a professional accomplishment or something. Plus, I'm sure that Ant Anstead, Renée Zellweger, and members of their inner circle know all about our interest in them dating, so this likely seemed like a good way to make things official.
Of course, Anstead has been through a lot in the past year when it comes to romantic relationships. He and his ex-wife, Christina Haack, split last September after less than two years together, and also have one young son, Hudson, who will turn 2 next month. While Haack spoke a lot about some of the circumstances surrounding their whirlwind romance and what led to the breakup (as well as how she's been coping afterward), Anstead stayed mostly silent on it publicly.
Shortly after Haack revealed that they were headed for divorce, Anstead opened up to his Instagram followers and noted that he waited to speak up because he thought it best to remain "silent while holding on to hope" and "never gave up on us," while deciding to "pray Christina’s decision brings her happiness." So, it seems that he wasn't ready to move on from their marriage when Haack was, which makes it especially nice to see that he's recovering from the split and moving on with his romantic life (as Haack has with her new boyfriend).
I mean, just look at these smiles:
While this post from Ant Anstead doesn't automatically mean that he'll walk the red carpet with Renée Zellweger at the next splashy awards ceremony she attends, maybe their fans can hope we get at least a few more tiny looks at their new lives together via social media.
Celebrity IOU Joyride, which started the love connection for Ant Anstead and Renée Zellweger, premieres on Discovery+ on August 23. If you need more to watch in the coming weeks, check out our 2021 fall TV schedule!
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