Ant Anstead has spoken out about how he has coped with the ‘devastating split’ from estranged wife Christina Anstead.
The 41-year-old Wheeler Dealers host separated from HGTV star Christina, 37, in September after less than two years of marriage and a year after the birth of their son Hudson.
Ant said that he found himself in a “very dark place” and lost 20lbs in weight as the stress took a toll on his diet and sleep.
Speaking to People, Ant said that “every day is an improvement” and that the split was a “big hit”.
He also spoke about how he lost weight and the effect that the split had on him mentally.
Ant continued: “It really hit me hard. The impact on me, my sleep, my diet, my stress, it showed.
“But I reached this turning point where I was either going to dwell in the darkness or I was just going to slap myself around the face a few times and say, ‘Wake up; you’re incredibly blessed. Focus on all the great things.’”
This was achieved with the help of a 35-day online “break-up recovery” course as well as a three-day faith based retreat, so that he could focus on his mental health and wellbeing.
He said that it worked wonders as it helped him understand “nobody controls me but me. It’s up to me to empower myself and realise how incredibly worthy I am of healing.”
Ant said that the split was also “devastating” for his teenage children from his first marriage as they “loved Christina”.
He said of Amelie, 17, and Archie, 14, that they “are genuinely my best friends” and that it “was a very, very difficult FaceTime call” when he broke the news of the split.
The TV presenter said that spending time with 16-month-old Hudson “filled my heart. He really saved me.”
They spent Christmas together in Arizona and Ant said: “He and I have got this really amazing relationship between us.
“We’ve got this dad-son bond, and, I’m telling you, he’s one of the coolest kids around.”
Ant and Christina started dating in 2017 and he hopes he can maintain a relationship with her children – daughter Taylor, 10, and son Brayden, five, who she shares with first husband Tarek El Moussa.
Ant said: “I hope that we’ll always have a relationship. If they ever need me, I’ll be there in a heartbeat.
“All five kids are the first priority.”
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