Renée Zellweger goes Instagram official with her new boyfriend—but who is Ant Anstead?

Look away Mr Darcy—the Bridget Jones actor has got a new man

Renee Zellweger
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Renée Zellweger and Ant Anstead have gone Instagram official as the TV host shared a cosy snap with the Academy Award winning actress.

After months of speculation, the couple sealed the deal in a social media snap.

The pair were thought to have met on the set of Ant’s forthcoming Discovery+ TV show, in which Renee will appear in an episode.

Whereas Bridget Jones, Chicago and Judy actress Renée Zellweger might need little introduction, who is her new beau?

Who is Ant Anstead?

Plymouth-born Ant Anstead is best known as the host of UK shows Wheeler Dealers and For the Love of Cars.

In the States, Anstead became a familiar face as Christina Haack's car-loving, prankster husband on her HGTV show Christina on the Coast.

The pair announced their separation in September 2020 and were officially divorced in June 2021.

They share joint custody of their son, Hudson London Anstead.

Ant has two other children, son Archie and daughter Amelie, from his first marriage to Louise Herbert.

The pair were married between 2005 and 2017.

When did Renée Zellweger and Ant Anstead start dating?

TMZ first posted about the blossoming romance back in June 2021.

It was thought the two struck a connection while filming Anstead’s new Discovery+ show, Celebrity IOU: Joyride.

Renée is one of the stars who will appear on an episode. Other celebrities taking part in the series include Octavia Spencer, Mary J. Blige and James Marsden.

The first episode of the series with Renée Zellweger is now available to stream on the platform.

Announcing the launch of the series, Ant posted the snap of him cozying up to the actress, and in his caption, he describes her as "incredibly magical."

Before her rumored relationship with TV host Ant, Renée has been romantically linked to Paul McCartney back in 2007, Bradley Cooper from 2009 to 2011, and most recently, Doyle Bramhall II, from 2012 to 2019. 

She has been married once before, walking down the aisle to country music superstar Kenny Chesney. 

Renée and Kenny announced they married in May 2005, exchanging vows on the beach during a private and romantic ceremony in the Virgin Islands, however, in September 2005, Renée filed to annul their union, citing 'fraud' as the reason, telling People magazine at the time: 'the term ‘fraud’ as listed in the documentation is simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny’s character.'

Despite bumps in the road in the past, looks like the wheels are definitely in motion now for this new celebrity power couple! 

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