Christina Haack confirms her new relationship, claps back at critics: 'I'll do what I want'

·3 min read

Christina Haack is ready to open up about her new relationship after finalizing her divorce from Ant Anstead in June — and she's not sorry about it.

Haack took to Instagram Thursday to share a photo of her and her new beau beachside. In a lengthy caption, Haack addresses her relationship with Josh Hall, adding that when she met him, she wasn't in a state of "fear or fight-or-flight."

"When we met this past spring, the synchronicities hit us so hard and fast they were impossible to ignore," she wrote. "I felt immediately crazy protective over him and wanted to keep him for myself and get to know each other before the tornado (media attention) hit. We've had a few solid months of just us getting to know each other and I've loved every second of it."

The 37-year-old added that when she saw a camera behind her at the airport while traveling with Hall, her heart started beating out of her chest and her hands were shaking.

"They go after everyone you and your family follow on social media and everyone who is in your inner and outside circle looking for dirt and drama. That’s partly why there is so many failed celeb relationships, they turn new relationships into a circus," Haack wrote.

The television personality shared that Hall isn't active on social media but still wanted "to thank him for whisking me away on a romantic tropical vacation."

On Instagram Stories early Thursday, Haack shared a few more photos of her and Hall having the "most whimsical romantic dinner."

More: HGTV's Christina Haack, Ant Anstead finalize divorce 9 months after separating

Haack, host of her HGTV show "Christina on the Coast," first shared she was splitting from Anstead a year after they welcomed a child together. The two share 1-year-old son Hudson.

Haack and Anstead filed for divorce in November after announcing their separation in a now-deleted Instagram post from September. Haack was previously married to her "Flip or Flop" co-host Tarek El Moussa from 2009 to 2018. They share two children, Taylor, 10, and Brayden, 5.

Christina Haack's divorce: 'My goal is just to move on'

After filing for divorce from "Wheelers Dealers" host Ant Anstead in November, HGTV star Christina Haack addresses new relationship with Josh Hall.
After filing for divorce from "Wheelers Dealers" host Ant Anstead in November, HGTV star Christina Haack addresses new relationship with Josh Hall.

In a June interview with Entertainment Tonight, Haack said her goal was to "focus on the kids and work and just having fun."

"My goal is just to move on and not take things so seriously," Haack said.

Ant Anstead: Why he 'walked away completely' from family home with Christina Haack

Anstead revealed that he abruptly left their family home in Newport Beach, Calif. and moved into a small rental apartment following his split with Haack in September.

"When my divorce went through, I packed up my clothes and moved. I walked away completely and left everything there," Anstead told People in June. Anstead has since been spotted spending time with with Renée Zellweger.

With Haack's new love interest in the air, she concluded her Instagram post on this note: "So yes 'another relationship' and guess what. I'm 38 —I’ll do what I want."

Contributing: Elise Brisco, Amy Haneline, Jenna Ryu

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Christina Haack makes relationship with Josh Hall Instagram official