Custody battle: HGTV’s Christina Hall stops filming son

Christina Hall and Ant Anstead

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Christina Hall and Ant Anstead.

Long time HGTV Presenter Christina Hall says she is “mentally exhausted” by the aftermath of new court filings filed by her ex-husband, TV personality Ant Anstead, regarding custody of their three-year-old son Hudson. their last quarrel has prompted the designer to announce that she will no longer include Hudson in her social media posts and on her HGTV shows.


Hall says Anstead is trying to turn family, friends and fans against her

After splitting from her first husband, HGTV’s Tarek El Moussa, Hall began dating British-born TV personality Anstead in October 2017. loud people, and they married in December 2018. They welcomed baby Hudson in September 2019 but separated in 2020 after less than two years of marriage.

While they tried to amicably co-parent Hudson in the early days of their separation, Anstead said he was increasingly concerned about some of Hall’s parenting choices and applied for primary custody in April 2022. According to court documents, he claimed Hall only dates Hudson nine days a month and that the surrounding area is not always safe. He also hoped to prevent Hudson from being credited in any “commercial enterprise” without his permission.

A Los Angeles judge denied the emergency request, saying Hall needed time to prepare a response and scheduled a new hearing for June. Hall released a media release At the time, she said she was saddened by Anstead’s file and wished he had addressed the issues privately with a mediator.

The two have settled some of their differences privately, but a 12-hour mediation in early September came to nothing. according to Us Weekly. On September 27, Anstead went back to court to file a new complaint over his concerns that Hudson was being “taken advantage of.”

In the new court filing, Anstead revealed that they had failed to advance his concerns about Hall with Hudson in sponsored, paid social media promotions and that he feared she would use him for her HGTV shows “Christina on the Coast” and the upcoming ” Christina in the country”, without him knowing it. As a result, he filed for legal custody of Hudson, but said he was happy to continue sharing 50/50 custody with Hall.

Hall filed a response in court, claiming she stopped showing Hudson in paid ads — despite one for a mattress company currently on her Instagram feed — and that Anstead was simply seeking attention. She also shared her side of the story on social media.

That first Instagram post In connection with the filing, a photo was uploaded on Sept. 29 of her cuddling around a campfire with her third husband, real estate agent Josh Hall, whom she married in early 2022.

She wrote: “Nights in Tennessee. This place has done my soul so good. When the world is spinning and people are a***holes, this is my safe place. The fall weather, the trees and animals, quiet nights by the fire. Life is short. Spend it with people who brighten your life instead of trying to dim it.”

room posted again on Instagram on the afternoon of Oct. 2, when she publicly blew up on Anstead — calling him “Hudson’s father” instead of his name — and announcing a change to her social media practices.

“I am mentally exhausted by the recent false allegations against me,” she wrote. “Hudson’s father tried to turn my family, friends and fans against me through manipulation tactics and false information. This has had a major impact on me and my household. Because of this, I have made the decision not to feature Hudson on Instagram, my TV shows, or any other social platform until he is old enough to make that decision for himself.”

Hall went on to say that she’s “always been fine” with not letting her young child appear on public platforms.

“My only reason for wanting him to be on my shows has always been to join the fun activities/trips with our family/siblings,” she wrote.

“Hudson’s father has made it clear through his public court filings that he uses Instagram to evaluate the kind of parent I am as that is the only access he has to my personal life,” Hall continued. “This has been the case since July 2020. This is unnecessary pressure for a platform intended to be used to share select moments, rather than as a judging tool…especially since this is a very small part of my personal life, like the rest that stays between me and my family.”

Hall ended her post by writing, “My personal collection of photos on my phone and around our house is filled with memories of my children, so Hudson will be fine without his presence being indicated in a public forum. Thanks to all the people who can see behind the nonsense being thrown at me. I am and will ALWAYS be a protective mother.”


Anstead remains a public mom, as does El Moussa

Anstead, who has been in a relationship with Oscar winner Renée Zellweger since mid-2021, has not yet publicly commented or posted on the custody situation.

He has two other children – 19-year-old Amelie and 16-year-old Archie – with his ex-wife Louise, who remarried in early 2022. The teenagers live in England with their mother, but Anstead says he maintains a close relationship with them, including frequent visits.

The car whiz, whose shows have included Wheeler Dealers and Celebrity IOU: Joyride, frequently features all three of his children on Instagramwhich many of Hall’s fans consider hypocritical, though it doesn’t appear he mentioned her in any paid posts.

In addition to Hudson, Hall has two children — 12-year-old daughter Taylor and 7-year-old son Brayden — with Tarek El Moussa, with whom she hosted HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” for a decade. The couple separated in 2016 and formalized their divorce in 2018.

HGTV viewers have caught a glimpse of how Taylor and Brayden grew up on television as they were regulars on “Flip or Flop” and filmed their parents’ new shows. Based on Hall’s promise not to show Hudson again, it is not yet clear if HGTV will need to cut Hudson from segments already filmed for future episodes of Christina on the Coast and the premiere of Christina in the Country.”

Both Hall and El Moussa regularly feature their two children on social media. In an interesting twist, El Moussa has been close friends with Anstead since his divorce from Hall. 2021, said Anstead He considered El Moussa and his second wife, Heather Rae, to be “extended family”.

He has also not publicly commented on the custody battle between Hall and Anstead. In 2020, when Anstead and Hall divorced, El Moussa told E! news that he chose not to comment but understood why fans are so invested in their lives.

“I think for most fans it’s more than just a real estate show,” El Moussa explained. “We’ve been doing this for so long. People have seen children born, people have seen us raise children, they have seen us get divorced, they know us. They have been following our lives for almost 10 years. You feel part of what makes sense.”

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