When you're a celeb, you pretty much can't go anywhere without getting harassed by the paparazzi—and it's no different for designer Christina Anstead, the star of HGTV's Christina on The Coast and Flip or Flop. During an episode of Christina on The Coast: Unfiltered, the TV personality and her best friend/publicist Cassie Zebisch got a chance to discuss Christina's journey to fame.
"I was like, 'Your life is about to change,'" Cassie remembers telling Christina when she first landed Flip or Flop. "You're gonna be on covers of magazines, there will be paparazzi outside your house. And [Christina] was like, 'Absolutely not, no one cares.'"
"I forget!" Christina said. "Like I just leave the house, and I'm like, ugh, someone's following me, and then I look at what I'm wearing and I'm potentially wearing something really weird, and I'm like 'oh, great.'"
Ben Balthazar then asks the fatal question: "Was there ever a time when you were like, 'I never should have worn this?!'"
Cassie then jumps in to explain how Christina loves these goofy slogan shirts—but sometimes they might not be the most appropriate to wear.
"After the news broke about me and Tarek, I wore a shirt without knowing that said 'pink champagne, can't complain,'" Christina said. "It just wasn't, probably, appropriate."
The gossip tabloids had a field day when Christina stepped out in public wearing that shirt, with headlines splashing across the internet zoning in on the "can't complain" part of the fashion statement.
"Ironically, right before that, someone had alerted the media that I had 'champagne taste' and Tarek was a 'beer can kind of guy,'" she recalled to Good Housekeeping back in 2017. Since then, she's gotten "more strategic" about the slogan shirts she wears, favoring things that highlight her work ethic, like "hustle" or "Stay kind & humble."
These days, the mom of two (almost three) can laugh about the situation now. She's moved on to her next chapter, and she's learned not to let tabloid drama get to her.
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