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Ant Anstead shares 'magical' trip, kiss with Renée Zellweger: What we know about the couple

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Ant Anstead and Renée Zellweger are taking their relationship to the next level with some social media PDA.

After initially keeping their relationship under wraps, the TV host, formerly married to HGTV star Christina Haack, is sharing more pics with his new Oscar-winning boo.

"WOW there is something very special about New Orleans!" Anstead shared to Instagram Monday alongside a photo of the two smooching.

"The late night wandering, the mind blowing history this nerd loves, the architecture, the blend of cultures, the food, the people, the smells and noises! All made made better by magical company to share it with," he wrote.

Rumors of the unexpected couple first started in July, when photos of the two kissing on multiple occasions, obtained by Page Six, circulated online. However, it wasn't until August that Anstead addressed their romance publicly by going Instagram official with his boo weeks after Zellweger appeared as a guest on his show, "Celebrity IOU: Joyride."

"Renee and my relationship is something that's really private," Anstead said in a People interview published Sept. 8. "It's something I'm not really willing to talk too much about. It's really early in our relationship and I don't want to put any pressure on that."

As their relationship continues to go public, here's everything we know about the couple.

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Ant Anstead, Christina Haack finalize divorce in June

Anstead was previously married to Haack. The television personalities married in 2018 and finalized their divorce in June 2021, nine months after they announced their separation.

Haack, host of HGTV's "Christina on the Coast," first shared that the couple were splitting a year after they welcomed a child together.

"We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority," she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post from September. "We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future."

"Anyone who really knows me knows that I don’t like to share private matters publicly," Anstead shared on Instagram at the time of their split. "I have remained silent while holding on to hope. I never gave up on us. I pray Christina’s decision brings her happiness."

Christina Haack and Ant Anstead finalized their divorce in June 2021, nine months after they announced their separation on social media.
Christina Haack and Ant Anstead finalized their divorce in June 2021, nine months after they announced their separation on social media.

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'Celebrity IOU: Joyride' trailer shows the moment Anstead, Zellweger met

A month after his divorce from Haack, Discovery+ released the first trailer for "Celebrity IOU: Joyride," which shows Anstead and Zellweger meeting for the first time.

In the sneak peek of the show that Anstead hosts with Cristy Lee, he referred to himself and Lee as "car people" during a chat with Zellweger, who hilariously drives off in a convertible moments later.

"What is happening?" Anstead exclaims in the clip, pleading with Zellweger to stop driving.

Zellweger is among the celebrities featured who gifts worthy recipients car makeovers. She chose to gift two cars to brothers Jerome and Jerald, who were caretakers to her late publicist Nanci Ryder, who died of ALS in June 2020.

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Anstead confirms relationship: 'There's tons of amazing things about Renée'

After months of speculation, Anstead finally confirmed his relationship with the "Judy" actress in a USA TODAY interview last month.

"I can't dodge it," he said at the time. "There’s photos. So everybody knows."

Though Zellweger herself hasn't said anything publicly yet, Anstead gushed about his boo's ability to keep her private life out of the spotlight.

"There's a ton of amazing things about Renée, and her private persona is actually really inspiring," Anstead said. "For somebody so high-profile, she is incredibly private. And I respect that, and ultimately, from my perspective, the irony of the show being called ‘IOU,’ it's like, ‘Thanks, Discovery.’ It's actually I that owe you. And I can recommend Discovery+ dating service to anybody."

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Anstead and Zellweger make their Instagram debut as a couple

Anstead made his relationship with Zellweger even more official, sharing a sweet and snuggly Instagram post Thursday. In the black-and-white selfie, the TV host is seen smirking alongside Zellweger, who is smiling and hugging Anstead.

Though Anstead left no caption with the photo, some famous faces acknowledged the moment.

"You two," his "Celebrity IOU: Joyride" co-host Cristy Lee commented alongside a heart emoji.

"Heyyyy y’all!" wrote TV host Nischelle Turner alongside heart-eyes emojis.

'A good traveler': Anstead reflects on New Orleans trip with Zellweger

The duo love traveling together, Anstead revealed in an Entertainment Tonight interview published Thursday.

According to the TV personality, he and Zellweger recently explored the rich culture of New Orleans, where she is currently filming "The Thing About Pam."

"I am fascinated by history. I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes down to it, so Renée and I did one of those ghost tours," Anstead said. "Bear in mind I am from London, where there's very old history, but wow, pirates, voodoo, all of it.

"We wandered into this little jazz room, and it was really amazing," he continued. "She's a good traveler and she's been to that city before, so it's nice. Looking forward to getting back."

Contributing: Charles Trepany, Erin Jensen

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ant Anstead, Renee Zellweger dating: Here's everything we know