Divorce put Ant Anstead’s life into perspective, including what he really needs to be happy. Christina Haack’s ex-husband opened up to People about his initial reaction and the fresh start it gave him.
“When my divorce went through, I packed up my clothes and moved. I walked away completely and left everything there,” the “Wheeler Dealers” host told the publication.
He previously alluded that the home had too many memories while discussing Haack’s choice to sell the home they shared with People.
As he told the publication, “It was a home that we got together, renovated together. And I physically did a lot of hands-on work on it. I mean, the stairs, the wine rack, the light fixtures above the bed, the ‘love’ sign … all those personal touches I did.” He added that if she had stayed, “she would’ve been living in a surrounding of reminders.”
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Anstead decided to just start anew, staying in a studio apartment before his recent home purchase. While there, he revealed he barely had any belongings. As he told People, he only owned “a couple of wine glasses, plus a cup and a kettle.”
“I’ve realized how little I need, and what’s important. I don’t need anything but Hudson and my health. All of a sudden, I just had this overwhelming sense of gratitude,” the 41-year-old told the publication. He added, “It’s amazing. I’m in this kind of real space where I don’t have any stuff. So everything is new. I’m not carrying anything over.”
Though, Anstead is working to get some basics. “I’ve spent the last few days realizing, oh my God, I don’t even own plates or knives or forks. I don’t have a bed,” Anstead previously told People. “So I’ve spent the last few days getting stuff that you don’t realize you need: bottle openers and tin openers and spatulas. So I’m scratching my head going, oh my god, this is overwhelming. I’m going to get all this stuff because nine months ago, I packed my clothes and I left.”
Anstead shares Hudson with the “Flip or Flop” star. He has two older kids – 17-year-old Amelie and 14-year-old Archie – from his first marriage. They have been based in his home country of England during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anstead Bought a House After a Lengthy Search
In May, Anstead bought his “Temple House” in Laguna Beach, California, according to People. The search proved anything but seamless.
“I was looking for a house quite quickly [after the split], probably after three or four months, because I felt displaced, I felt homeless,” the automotive expert told People. “But for whatever reason, it just didn’t work. And I think now, looking back with the benefit of the last nine or 10 months, I’ve realized that actually, being held in that really simple space, not only does has it meant I’ve ended up with the house of my dreams, but it’s actually meant that I simplified my life.”
He called it his “dream house,” though it is “incredibly run down.” With some necessary safety measures taken, he is currently mapping out his renovation plan. Anstead told the publication he hopes to have it ready should lessening restrictions allow his older children to travel to California for the summer.
Haack Sold Their Shared Home
TMZ reported Haack is now “on the hunt for a new crib” after selling the home she shared with Anstead for $5.35 million. The house was originally listed for $6 million.
As he told People of the HGTV star’s decision to put the house on the market, “I’m really happy for her. I think it’s the right decision. That home has memories.”
In the meantime, People revealed Haack recently bought a “second home” in Nashville, Tennessee after falling in love with the city while visiting a friend.
“Tennessee is gorgeous and the people out there are so nice,” she explained to the outlet. “Being out there on all that land reminded me of my favorite childhood memories, which were staying summers on my grandparents’ farm. I felt so carefree and loved taking out their quads and hanging with my cousins on all the land.”