The relationship between Renée Zellweger and Ant Anstead may have appeared unlikely when it was initially reported, but it has lasted for more than a year.
When they first met, Anstead was making his Discovery+ show Celebrity IOU Joyride. People confirmed right away that Zellweger and Anstead were dating in June 2021. In September 2021, they made it clear on Instagram that they were dating.
The Judy star keeps a low profile and doesn’t use social media, but Anstead has posted a few photos of them together on Instagram. They’ve also talked about how they met at the right time and in the right place in their lives.
Here is a full timeline of Renée Zellweger and Ant Anstead’s relationship, from when they first met to when they posted their first picture together on Instagram.
Spring 2021: On The Set Of Celebrity Iou Joyride, Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Meet
Zellweger met Anstead for the first time when they were both working on an episode of his Discovery+ show Celebrity IOU Joyride. This show helps celebrities give remodeled cars to people in their lives who deserve them.
In Zellweger’s episode, Anstead and his co-star Cristy Lee helped her buy new cars for her caretakers, twin brothers Jerome and Jerald. After Zellweger’s friend and former publicist Nanci Ryder were diagnosed with ALS in 2014, the two took care of her until she died in 2020.
In a later interview with PEOPLE, the British car expert said that he was “really grateful” that the show had brought them together. “I’m really thankful for the show because it makes these amazing things happen in your world, and sometimes they happen when you least expect them to,” he said. “And in this case, that’s what happened.”
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June 2021: People Confirms Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Are Dating
PEOPLE confirmed that Anstead and Zellweger were dating a few days after his divorce from Christina Haack was finalized. People heard from a source that the two got along well right away and have a lot in common.
“Sometimes when two people meet, they just get along, and it’s the right time,” the insider said. “Renée is creative, and she often dates guys who aren’t afraid to think outside the box. She is smart, kind, and always trying to learn more and help the people around her.”
July 2021: Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Are Spotted Together For The First Time
Zellweger and Anstead were seen together for the first time since news of their relationship got out over the Fourth of July weekend in 2021. At Anstead’s new beach house in Laguna Beach, California, the two were seen spending time together. The two people had coffee on his balcony and looked out at the ocean.
August 9, 2021: Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Attend Their First Public Event
Zellweger showed support for her boyfriend by going to the Radford Motors gala in Santa Ana, California, with him. It was their first time going out in public together.
A source told that same month that the couple was “getting pretty serious about each other.” “They’re both busy with different projects and careers, but they’re very attracted to each other,” the source said.
September 8, 2021: Ant Anstead Reveals Why He Keeps His Relationship With Renée Zellweger Private
About three months into his relationship, Anstead told PEOPLE about it and explained why the couple had been keeping things quiet. “My relationship with Renée is something very private,” he said. “I’m not really willing to talk about it too much. We just started dating, so I don’t want to put too much pressure on it.”
September 16, 2021: Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Make Their Relationship Instagram Official
Early in September 2021, Anstead posted a cute black-and-white photo of himself and Zellweger smiling for the camera on Instagram. This made it clear that they were dating.
A source later told PEOPLE that the couple is very happy together. “They respect each other so much,” the source said. “When they aren’t working on other projects, they spend as much time as possible together. They are attracted to each other, but they also really like each other. Things are serious between them.” Ant Anstead asks his ex-wife Christina Hall for full custody of their 2-year-old son Hudson.
The source went on to say, “Renée has found love again, and this time it makes her feel good about herself. And Ant has also been through a lot of ups and downs, but this relationship seems to be stable for him.”
October 18, 2021: Ant Anstead Hangs Out With Renée Zellweger On Set
A month later, Anstead posted a picture of himself and Zellweger kissing on the set of The Thing About Pam in New Orleans, where Zellweger was working.
Anstead wrote in the photo’s caption, “WOW, there’s something very special about New Orleans! The walking around late at night, the amazing history that this history nerd loves, the architecture, the mix of cultures, the food, the people, the smells, and the sounds! All of it was better because I had magical people to share it with…”
On another trip to New Orleans, Anstead brought his son Hudson with him. On Thanksgiving, Zellweger joined the father and son at a New Orleans Saints football game. On his Instagram Story, Anstead shared a cute picture of Zellweger holding Hudson.
December 2021: Ant Anstead Says He And Renée Zellweger Have Holiday “Plans”
During an appearance on tv show, Anstead said that he and Zellweger were going to spend the holidays together. The Celebrity IOU: Joyride star did say, though, that nothing was set in stone because they’re “both very busy.”
Then, Anstead spent Christmas with his family and friends and posted pictures of his Christmas tree on Instagram. Even though Zellweger wasn’t in any of the pictures, Anstead gave her a special ornament to show how close they were. It showed a red car with the names “Ant” and “Renée” written on the window by two cartoon people.
January 2022: Renée Zellweger meets Ant Anstead’s oldest kids
Zellweger had already met Anstead’s youngest son, Hudson, but she didn’t meet his daughter Amelie and son Archie until the holiday season of 2021. Amelie and Archie live in England with their mother, Louise Storey, who was Anstead’s first wife.
Anstead told, “It was great.” “I mean, Renée is so friendly and good with people, and they’ve already talked on FaceTime a few times, so everyone was excited to finally meet. Everyone got along great, of course. It looks great.”
He went on to say that Zellweger and his daughter got along very well, saying that they “really liked each other. Exactly like two girls.”
On March 17, 2022: Ant Anstead and Renée Zellweger show some PDA
Zellweger and Anstead got very close in another cute Instagram post called “This lady [heart emoji] x Ren.” The GIF was taken at the wedding of former Formula 1 driver Jenson Button and his wife Brittny Ward. The couple wore black-tie attire and shared a kiss.
March 2022: Renée Zellweger Talks About Her Relationship With Ant Anstead For The First Time
Zellweger talked about her relationship with Anstead for the first time in an April 2022 cover story for Harper’s Bazaar. She talked about how she and Anstead met. The actress said that after watching an episode of Drew and Jonathan Scott’s HGTV show Celebrity IOU, she felt compelled to give back to the two caretakers who helped Ryder while she was fighting ALS.
When asked if Ryder had, in some way, brought the couple together, she said, “We do joke about that, though. She always gives it her all. It made me smile. When I thought about how lucky this was, it made me smile.”
April 23, 2022: Ant Anstead Posts A Throwback Photo From When He And Renée Zellweger First Met
In April 2022, Anstead posted a picture from when they worked together on Celebrity IOU Joyride. “WOW! This just came back to mind. Today was a year ago! On the last day of filming, she sat on the back of a fire truck after giving two great men a car as a thank you from Ren. It’s crazy how much can change in just one year “He gave the picture a caption.
July 2022: Ant Anstead’s Son Does Something Nice For Renée Zellweger
In July 2022, Anstead showed off a cute picture of his son Hudson holding up a piece of art he made for Zellweger. “He made this for NayNay,'” Anstead wrote, referring to the actress, along with a cute picture of Hudson showing off his summer school ice cream art with pride.
April 23, 2022: Ant Anstead Posts A Throwback From When He And Renée Zellweger First Met
As summer came to an end, Anstead and Hudson spent the day at the beach. The dad of three posted videos of his toddler son playing in the water and photos of the two of them walking home together. Hudson is wearing a pair of flip-flops, a cute bucket hat, and a big black coat in the photos. Anstead wrote in a sweet caption that Zellweger owns the coat.
“When a walk to the beach (in clothes) results in a completely soaked toddler, that toddler walks home in the wife’s coat,” Anstead wrote. “Parent level – 3/10 😂😂🥰x.”
- 1 Spring 2021: On The Set Of Celebrity Iou Joyride, Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Meet
- 2 June 2021: People Confirms Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Are Dating
- 3 July 2021: Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Are Spotted Together For The First Time
- 4 August 9, 2021: Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Attend Their First Public Event
- 5 September 8, 2021: Ant Anstead Reveals Why He Keeps His Relationship With Renée Zellweger Private
- 6 September 16, 2021: Renée Zellweger And Ant Anstead Make Their Relationship Instagram Official
- 7 October 18, 2021: Ant Anstead Hangs Out With Renée Zellweger On Set
- 8 December 2021: Ant Anstead Says He And Renée Zellweger Have Holiday “Plans”
- 9 January 2022: Renée Zellweger meets Ant Anstead’s oldest kids
- 10 On March 17, 2022: Ant Anstead and Renée Zellweger show some PDA
- 11 March 2022: Renée Zellweger Talks About Her Relationship With Ant Anstead For The First Time
- 12 April 23, 2022: Ant Anstead Posts A Throwback Photo From When He And Renée Zellweger First Met
- 13 July 2022: Ant Anstead’s Son Does Something Nice For Renée Zellweger
- 14 April 23, 2022: Ant Anstead Posts A Throwback From When He And Renée Zellweger First Met