All the information about Masterchef food critic Jay Rayner

Jay Rayner is back on our screens with the new series of Masterchef, but just how much do you know about the talented food critic? Find out everything you need to know about the 53-year-old, from his other hobbies, previous television appearances and family life…

What is Jay Rayner’s family life?

Jay was born in Harrow, London to parents Desmond and Claire Rayner. The latter, who sadly passed away in 2010, was a well-known journalist herself, particularly thanks to her work as an agony aunt for Women’s Own, The Sun and the Sunday Mirror. She was also a television agony aunt on TV-am in the 1990s – and was voted medical journalist of the year in 1987 – what a woman!

Jay’s mum was a popular agony aunt

Jay has previously opened up about her on BBC Radio 4’s Today show, saying that she was a “fantastic communicator underpinned by huge, huge knowledge. She wasn’t just playing it off the top of her head: she was a great hack, a great journalist. She knew her stuff, that’s what really made her so compelling”. He added that he was “very, very proud of her”.

Jay is a happily married man, and is married to Pat Gordon-Smith, an editor and jazz singer. Jay is also a jazz musician, and plays the piano. The pair share two sons, 20-year-old Eddie and 16-year-old Daniel.

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What is Jay Rayner’s career?

Jay has had a hugely successful career as a journalist and food critic, and has written for titles including The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday and The Observer, as well as magazines including Esquire and New Statesman. He has been the recipient of several awards, including Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards, and the Sony Radio Award.

Jay is on the latest series of Masterchef

The Masterchef star is also a novelist, and has written The Apologist, Day of Atonement and Stardust Falling. He has been nominated for several awards for his fiction, including the Jewish Quarterly Prize for Fiction and the Author’s Club First Novel Award.

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The reason Prince Harry is collaborating with Jon Bon Jovi

Prince Harry may no longer be employed as a member of Team Windsor, but that doesn’t mean he’s just sitting around twiddling his thumbs, if he even knows how to do this. (Does anybody?) Nor did Harry need to take Burger King up on their generous offer for him to become the paper-crowned Burger Prince. Instead, his post-royal career has him rocking out with the Crown Prince of New Jersey (Bruce Springsteen being the undisputed king as well as The Boss) Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi. The two of them got together not just for fun — though it certainly seemed to be just that — but to collaborate on a project that will benefit disabled veterans of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

Jon Bon Jovi have Prince Harry a new nickname

The rocker and the royal got together at Abbey Road Studio to record a single with the Invictus Games Choir, which is, according to an Instagram teaser clip released to promote the song, “made up of made up of wounded, injured and sick veterans and serving personnel from all services and different ranks of the UK Armed Forces com[ing] together to use the power of music to aid their recovery.” Proceeds from the sales of the single will benefit the Invictus Games, a sporting event for disabled service members that was founded by Prince Harry in 2014. The single itself, Bon Jovi says, was written to honor veterans who struggle to overcome PTSD and acknowledges their strength and that of the entire Armed Forces community.

While Harry did not actually lend his voice to “Unbroken,” he did pose with Jon and a few choir members in a recreation of the Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover photo. Oh, and he also earned a new nickname: according to the BBC, Bon Jovi jokingly referred to Harry as “the artist formerly known as prince.”

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The Best Fan Reactions to the 'Love Is Blind' Finale

Love is Blind is almost over, everybody. Now, we only have the reunion special left before we have to find some other way to fill our evenings.

With such a wild concept, the show drew viewers in and didn’t let them go until the absolute last minute. Yesterday’s finale was a marathon of emotion as the final five couples made it to the altar. The ending was a true surprise. Some couples that people were sure about didn’t go through with their weddings, while others said ‘I Do’ who should have maybe thought twice about their decision.

But the best part of the finale wasn’t even what was on screen, it was the viewer reactions.

What happened on the finale?

If you haven’t watched the finale, then be warned that the rest of this article contains spoilers.

Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers were the first couple to hit the altar last night. While Giabelli was ready to get married, Powers turned her down in front of all of her friends and family, which was surprising given that Powers was always the one chasing her throughout the relationship.

Going into the finale, Kelly Chase and Kenny Barnes seemed to have one of the strongest relationships on the show, but when it came down to it, Chase just wasn’t attracted to Barnes as anything more than a friend so she turned him down.

Matt Barnett got cold feet the day of his wedding to Amber Pike and refused to answer any of her phone calls. He, eventually, got it together and made it to the altar to marry Pike.

No one thought Jessica Batten and Mark Cuevas would or should get married. Luckily, Batten decided she couldn’t go through with the wedding and left Cuevas at the altar.

The one love story everyone was rooting for was Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed’s. Their wedding day went off without a hitch and the two are still married to this day.

Fan reactions

There was a lot to take in throughout the hour and a half episode, but fans were able to recap the whole thing.

“Anyone who thinks Mark is the victim here needs to rewatch the whole series and document every red flag Jessica threw at him. #markisblind #loveisblind,” one person tweeted.

The summaries of the episode were everything.

“Giannina & Damian: Love is a b*tch, Amber & Barnett: Love is not this, whatever this is, Kelly & Kenny: Love is blindsided, Jessica & Mark: Mark is blind, Lauren & Cameron: Love IS blind,” one fan summarized.

” Lauren & Cam are the end game of all end games,” another person wrote. “2. Amber is the finesse queen, she’s the true definition of rags to riches. 3. This show should be called Mark is blind, Jessica is an alcoholic mess. 4. Kelly took a capital L. 5. Giannina thinks shes a poet.”

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” 1)GG got like 6 personalities and Damian has like -3,” another person said. 2)Kelly low key aint sh*t. 3)Amber got Barnett in the sunken place. Sis done confessed to premeditated murder at least 5x 4)Jessica needs AA. And Mark needs glasses. 5)Lauren and Cam both said Ciara’s prayer.”

But mostly everyone was just in awe at Speed and Hamilton’s love.

“Get you somebody that looks at you the way Cameron looks at Lauren,” one tweet read.

“Cameron really bought a house in preparation to have a wife and kids,” one user wrote. “Was prepared to even turn the guest room into a work studio for Lauren. Like, when he says ‘I’ll take care of you.’He really means that sh*t.”

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Love Island winners Finn and Paige spill on how they having secret sex in villa

Love Island winners Paige Turley and her boyfriend Finn Tapp have revealed they managed to secretly have sex in the Love Island villa.

The couple have lifted the lid on how they tricked the cameras and microphones in their villa bedroom to get away with making love on screen.

Paige, 22, told Heat's podcast Under the Duvet that the pair had stuck pillows up on microphone on the headboard of their bed to muffle the audio of their steamy romps.

Finn, 20, said: "Because we had a mic in the headboard. It’s right above your head so you’re aware of it."

He added: "And you do tend to whisper to try and…", before host and former 2019 Love Island contestant, Amy Hart jumped in and told how if "you push the headboard mic through the headboard it takes a while before show officials put it back".


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In response Paige nodded in agreement and said: "We used to stick pillows up and they’d go 'Can you please remember the pillows?' and you’d go…" she said, trailing off as she rolled her eyes.

Paige also revealed that since leaving the villa they had been whispering in bed.

She said: "We were whispering in bed and he was like, 'why are you whispering? We’re the only people in the room'?'

"You just get so used to it [being in the villa]," she added.

Finn and Paige first have let slip they had sex in the Love Island villa earlier this week.

The winning couple, who took home a share of £25,000 each, admitted they were both surprised that 'breakfast' – the term the lads used to talk about sex in the series – happened.

Speaking after their surprise win, Paige said: "Being in there and sharing a bed for so long and having genuine feelings, it’s hard to fight them."


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Finn added: "You go in there and you think, ‘I’m not going to do it’, all of this, all of that, but thenyou’re living 24/7 having genuine solid, feelings for someone and are really attracted to them! And some of them bikinis – phwoar!"

Finn insisted that Breakfast Club was "all light-hearted" when quizzed on the boys' secret code for sexual antics.

When asked about her thoughts, Paige said: "To be fair, that’s lad banter – so whatever.

"The code was intellectual for the boys. They were terrible at hiding it – I knew exactly what was going on."

Finn added: "Paige give me the old eyes, so I thought, I better tell her here."

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Why Stella Maeve's Pregnancy Wasn't a 'Huge Deal' on 'The Magicians' Set

No sweat. The Magicians handled Stella Maeve’s pregnancy with care during season 5 after she found out she was expecting her first child with fiancé Benjamin Wadsworth.

“It’s just one of those things about being a series regular on a show, if you’re a woman of childbearing age, at some point you might be pregnant, so it wasn’t a huge deal,” co-creator Sera Gamble told Page Six in an interview published on Thursday, February 27.

The crew worried about Maeve, 30, first and foremost. “We wanted to make sure Stella was taken care of, that she was comfortable and that everything was safe and professional for her during her pregnancy,” Gamble explained. “She is a really hardworking, ambitious actress. She really sinks her cheeks into stuff and we always want to give her juicy things. We just sometimes gave her juicy things that did not require stunt wire work during the pregnancy.”

In turn, the Chicago P.D. alum gave the writers permission to incorporate her bump into the story line. “The way that it unfolds and the way that they have worked it into the show was really nice,” Maeve said. “It’s a very cool way that they sort of built it in because they didn’t have to and I think it would have worked either way, but it’s interesting.”

The actress — who has played Julia since the series premiered in December 2015 — kept her big news under wraps for a while, though. “I was holding off on telling anybody, just because everyone says until you’re out of the first trimester, it’s a risk and you just don’t know,” she noted. “I waited until we were in the clear and then made the calls and everybody was super supportive.”

Maeve and Wadsworth, 20, announced the birth of their daughter, Jo, in January. “I’m back. Had a little baby,” the actor tweeted at the time. “Life’s good.” The baby girl is “so freaking beautiful,” her parents previously told Page Six.

The couple got engaged in May 2019 after meeting at San Diego Comic-Con the year before. They shared their pregnancy news via Instagram in August 2019.

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Experts Explain Why It Hurts So Much When Friends Stop Liking Your Instagram Posts

The affirmation from a liked photo or a heavily viewed Story on Instagram feels good — it’s like a form of validation or support. But what happens to your brain when friends stop watching those Instagram Stories? Because we’ve all felt that pang of hurt when a post doesn’t perform well, or when we realize our friends aren’t engaging with our content, we reached out to experts to better understand the potential connection between trauma triggers and social media interaction.

According to experts, losing viewers, followers, or accolades on social media has a direct effect on our confidence in our friendships and overall sense of self. Though you can be consciously aware of the fact that you are not actually losing your friends physically, a decrease in engagement can register as something more sinister to the brain.

Melanie Shapiro, LICSW, EMDR, a certified psychotherapist, tells Bustle that "we have old memory networks that get triggered if we feel like a friend doesn’t like us or [view a story] but it’s usually not about the friend or even the current situation at hand." Instead, she explains, "our memory networks get activated and can bring up old experiences of not feeling liked, (typically these feelings have older roots and can be activated when a situation has a similar feeling), thoughts, or even body sensation."

To stop this from happening, Shapiro suggests you attempt to discredit those feelings and remind yourself that they are old, and that it’s merely the result of your memory networks being activated. "The more your brain can access the adult adaptive memory networks, the more resilient and more positive experiences and thoughts about yourself you have access to — helping you feel better about yourself and more connected and positive about your friends and relationships," Shapiro adds.

But if telling yourself that the way you feel in the moment is just a reaction to the past doesn’t help you minimize that disappointment, you can try looking at the situation through another lens. Dr. Jeffrey B. Rubin, Ph.D, a psychotherapist, tells Bustle that sometimes people stop watching your Instagram Stories because they’re distracted, busy, or something going on in their lives has made your content less appealing. Regardless, it’s not always personal.

"We tend to measure ourselves in external ways, like by the reaction people have to what we post. And then we falsely link responding positively with liking us, and not responding with not liking us," Dr. Rubin points out. "We have to give people room and not draw erroneous connections between responding positively and us, and visa versa."

So long as you’re not posting offensive content, you should give yourself the space to feel good about what you share, whether people are watching it or not. And when you do feel triggered by a post or Story your friends don’t engage with, remind yourself that their action (or lack thereof), and your reaction, might be rooted in reasons outside of your friendship. If your friends show up for you IRL, don’t be too hard on them for not showing up online. And if it’s really bothering you, both experts agree that you can have a conversation offline with your friends to see if there’s anything more to it. Or, consider creating a strong boundary for yourself and don’t check to see who has viewed your Story.

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Melanie Shapiro, LICSW EMDR certified psychotherapist.

Dr. Jeffrey B. Rubin, Ph.D, psychotherapist, author, teacher.

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Coronavirus mayhem as 1,000s of cruise passengers shove and threaten each other when vessel is ‘marooned’ off Mexico

FOOTAGE shows scenes of total chaos breaking out on a cruise ship gripped by a terrifying coronavirus scare.

Thousands of passengers were ‘marooned’ on the MSC Meraviglia after it was refused permission to dock for three days on its tour of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.


And when it was finally allowed to berth in Mexico, officials refused to let the 4,500 passengers on board leave – creating “sheer mayhem,” one holidaymaker said.

Panicked passengers were filmed fighting, shoving, pushing, making threats and swearing at each other.

One British passenger told The Sun: “It’s sheer mayhem here. It’s a very shocking situation.

“We can’t leave the ship, we’ve been on here for days now and we don’t know what the future is. We could be here for ages.


“People are angry. It’s chaos and mayhem. It’s like Animal Farm – people are really rebelling against the authorities on the ship.

“At around 6pm (on Thursday)people started fighting. They looked British and Italian passengers involved.

"They were fighting among themselves but also getting very upset with people on reception. There’s quite a few.

“It’s fighting, pushing, shoving, confrontations, threats, swearing and a lot of anger. We’re terrified. The atmosphere is terrible.”

The hold-up was caused after a crew member from the Philippines fell ill. The cruise line claimed the illness was down to seasonal flu.

MSC have said today they are “extremely disappointed” with the double rejection from Jamaica and the Caymans.

It added the MSC Meraviglia has been given "a clean bill of health" by Mexican health officials following medical checks on a crew member and a young female guest who both had common seasonal flu.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said: "The Mexican authorities followed the correct maritime protocols whereby a ship in advance provides medical records of any passenger or crew member who is or has been unwell to the next port she visits.”

MSC added: "The results were tested at a Mexican Ministry of Public Health laboratory in the city of Chetumal and determined that the condition of both the crew member and guest was in no way whatsoever associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus."

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James Harden Fires Back At Giannis Antetokounmpo For Accusing Him Of Not Passing The Ball

James Harden responded to Giannis Anteokounmpo’s ‘joke’ (or jab) that he didn’t draft him to his All-Star team because Harden doesn’t pass. But, Harden admittedly missed the joke, and responded with a savage comeback.

James Harden wasn’t laughing when he heard the reason Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t draft him to his NBA All-Star team in early February. At the time, Giannis, who is the reigning NBA MVP, admitted that he wanted someone on his team who would “pass the ball.” His comment got many laughs out the Inside The NBA crew, but Harden, not so much.

After crunching some statistics, Harden hit back with the numbers — and, they don’t lie. “I average more assists him than him, I think…I don’t see what the joke is,” Harden told ESPN‘s Rachel Nichols when she asked him about Giannis’ joke (at the 5:52 mark ). “I didn’t even see it. I don’t pay attention to stuff like that, he admitted.”

In the end, “I just know that none of them can mess with me. I wish I could just run and was seven feet and run and just dunk. That takes no skill at all. I had to actually learn how to play basketball and have skill,” Harden continued. “I’ll take that any day.”

 

To put things into perspective, Harden currently ranks ninth in the NBA in assists per game with 7.3, while Kemba is tied for 36th with 5.0 per game.

Giannis’ joke came as no surprise to many seeing as Harden’s ball-dominating, iso game has been a love-hate debate for years. Many have said his heavy offensive abilities come with a lack of defensive. Nonetheless, the Houston Rockets have been quite satisfied with their star point guard since they acquired him from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012.

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The stunning transformation of Christina Anstead

Christina Anstead has become one of HGTV’s most popular personalities, thanks to the success of hit renovation series Flip or Flop. Launching in 2013, Flip or Flop followed Anstead, who was originally known as Christina El Moussa, and then-husband Tarek El Moussa as they purchased run-down properties and transformed them into stunning dream homes they could then sell at a profit. 

When the couple filed for divorce, the show continued as the exes maintained their professional relationship even if their personal had one crumbled. Following the split, it didn’t take long for Anstead to bounce back, with the next few years bringing a new husband, the arrival of a baby, and a new HGTV hit of her very own.

Christina Anstead’s story is one of intense highs and lows, making her newfound happiness all the sweeter. Yet her journey from anonymity to television stardom has been far from typical. There are a lot of things you don’t know about Christina Anstead. Find out more about this fascinating media personality by exploring the stunning transformation of Christina Anstead.

Christina Anstead grew up in the O.C.

According to the California Birth Index, Christina Anstead was born Christina Meursinge Haack in California’s Orange County, the setting for Fox’s hit teen drama The O.C, on July 9, 1983. The oldest of two, Anstead has a sister, Carly Haack, who is ten years younger than her, but, as Anstead wrote on Instagram, they’re “friends for eternity” despite the decade-long age difference.

As a teenager, Anstead attended Canyon High School in Anaheim, and she has kept up with her high school friends since leaving school behind. According to E! News, in 2017, she attended an Anaheim Ducks home game at the Honda Center, where a source said she was joined by “some old friends from high school” during the game. The account noted that Anstead and her old friends “had a great time.” Sounds like Anstead formed lifelong friendships as a teen! 

After high school, noted Good Housekeeping, Anstead attended San Diego State University. Upon graduating, she wasted no time jumping into the business world by landing a job in a real estate office. It was there, she detailed in a 2014 promotional video for Flip or Flop, that the then-22-year-old met the man who would be her future husband and TV co-star.

Christina Anstead met Tarek El Moussa, and they became a house-flipping team

While working in a real estate office, Christina Anstead met Tarek El Moussa, an ambitious young realtor who earned his real estate license when he was just 21 years old, according to his website. “We met at work and we’ve always been working together,” she told Entertainment Tonight of how she met her future husband. Their romance was a whirlwind. “The day Tarek and I officially started dating, which was October 9, 2006, we moved in together,” Anstead explained in an interview with Good Housekeeping.

Anstead embraced El Moussa’s philosophy of dreaming big. As she told Good Housekeeping, the pair crafted a dream board that they placed in their office, featuring a wedding ring, an extravagant home with a pool, a Bentley, a private jet, and “some Mercedes” El Moussa had is eye on. “The weird part is, by the time I turned 31, we had all of it,” she said.

In 2009, the couple got married in a ceremony held on Coronado Island off the coast of San Diego, Calif. They were partners in life and in business, with Anstead noting in an HGTV promo video that they had simply “started [their] relationship working together.”

Christina Anstead's career in flipping took off

Hit hard by the recession of the late 2000s, Christina Anstead was among many in real estate who were affected when the housing bubble popped. As she and then-husband Tarek El Moussa told The Orange County Register, they were forced to downgrade their lifestyle significantly. Gone was their home with the mortgage of $6,000 a month; instead, they moved into a $700-per-month apartment they shared with a roommate.

That was when Anstead first got into house-flipping with El Moussa, buying houses at foreclosure auctions, fixing them up, and selling them at a profit. Along with their business partner, Pete De Best, the couple purchased their first investment property for a relatively modest $115,000. After flipping the home and divvying up a $34,000 profit, they kept at it.

Anstead’s house-flipping endeavors with her partners were not easy. Sometimes the people about to be evicted would trash the place before they left; Anstead recalled one property they purchased in which the residents poured concrete in toilets, shattered windows, and bashed hardwood floors with a hammer, causing $30,000 in damage.

Christina Anstead joined the HGTV family

After bouncing back from the recession with their house-flipping success, Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead thought their lives as husband-and-wife flippers would make a great premise for an HGTV series. According to The Orange County Register, El Moussa decided on a whim to make a demo tape of the pair, using a borrowed camera and enlisting a friend to edit it. As Anstead told Good Housekeeping, she was seven months pregnant at the time.

After sending out the demo, the couple received a response from Pie Town Productions, which produces such HGTV hits as House Hunters and spinoffs like House Hunters International. The company was interested and signed the pair to buy, renovate, and flip 13 houses in 13 episodes. The show was titled Flip or Flop, with the Register revealing the couple was paid $10,000 per episode for that first season. 

As Anstead recalled to Good Housekeeping, it all happened so quickly she could barely process it. “I just remember driving to an auction and thinking there’s just no way this is really going to happen,” she said. “Then, all of the sudden, HGTV wanted a pilot [later named Flip or Flop], and the pilot got picked up and it was a series, overnight.”

Christina Anstead was shocked by her husband's health scare

During a marathon broadcast of the first season in 2013, viewer Ryan Reade — a registered nurse — noticed what appeared to be a lump on Tarek El Moussa’s neck. Figuring it was “something that needed to be brought to his attention,” Reade told Today that she contacted the show’s producers urging El Moussa to see a doctor. When the Flip or Flop star was examined, he received a sobering diagnosis: El Moussa had stage 2 thyroid cancer. To make matters worse, he was also diagnosed with testicular cancer, although he didn’t make that diagnosis public until years later.

Understandably, this period proved to be a trying one for Christina Anstead, particularly given how the couple was also raising a 2-year-old daughter in the midst of her husband’s cancer treatments. I was just feeling totally overwhelmed about losing him, him having to go through treatments, our daughter,” she admitted to Today.

Christina Anstead's complicated path to parenthood

While viewers watched Christina Anstead banter her way through home flips on HGTV with Tarek El Moussa as Flip or Flop grew in popularity, the reality that they faced when the cameras turned off was very different. In the midst of El Moussa’s cancer treatment, the two were also trying to have another baby via in vitro fertilization. In 2014, Anstead became pregnant, only to suffer a miscarriage. She told People in 2017, “We went through a lot in a short amount of time.”

After that heartbreak, Anstead finally conceived, and in August 2015, she gave birth to son Brayden, as reported by PopSugar. However, what should have been a joyous time was far more fraught than outsiders may have realized. As Anstead told People, the demands of their business and a hectic Flip or Flop schedule led her to return to work just four weeks after giving birth. “It was too soon for me,” she admitted. “I was overwhelmed. The tension between me and Tarek was high.”

As she revealed to People, communication with her husband had become difficult as they found themselves drifting apart. It got to the point where we weren’t even driving to set together,” Anstead recalled.

Christina Anstead found television stardom

While Christina Anstead’s personal life was filled with the turmoil unleashed by her husband’s cancer battle, a new baby, and a demanding work schedule, Flip or Flop was becoming a major hit for HGTV. 

During the show’s second season in 2014, Multichannel News reported that a broadcast of the show garnered Flip or Flop‘s highest rating to date, attracting 1.7 million viewers for a single episode. Not only was that a new record for an episode of Flip or Flop, but it was also the network’s highest-rated primetime episode in a year. 

Ratings just kept on growing. According to a subsequent report from Multichannel News, viewership continued to climb, with more than 16 million total viewers watching Flip or Flop‘s fourth season. In fact, the show had officially become the highest-rated cable series in its Thursday night time slot among viewers 25-54. There was no denying that Flip or Flop was quickly becoming one of HGTV’s most popular series, and Christina Anstead was among the network’s most recognizable and beloved personalities. Yet in the midst of all that success, a storm was brewing behind the scenes that threatened everything.

Christina Anstead experienced trouble in paradise

In May 2016, Us Weekly reported that 11 deputies were called to Christina Anstead’s home after she and then-husband Tarek El Moussa had an “explosive fight,” responding to reports of a “possibly suicidal male with a gun.” Police seized several weapons from the home. El Moussa later told police he “had no intention of hurting himself.”

In December of that year, the couple jointly announced they had separated. “Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” the statement read. “We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution. There was no violence and no charges were filed.” The statement also revealed they attempted marriage counseling, but had ultimately decided to call it quits. “We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively,” the statement concluded, “and plan to continue our professional life together.”

Looking back at that turbulent time, Anstead told People she felt completely overwhelmed. “I felt like I was drowning. I was just trying to stay above water, just doing whatever I could to just get through the day.”

Christina Anstead got divorced

Tarek El Moussa filed for divorce in January 2017, although he and Christina Anstead had secretly separated several months earlier. When the papers were finally filed, she told People that she didn’t feel sadness. Instead she felt relief. “I think the separation process begins long before people actually separate,” Anstead explained. “So by the time we officially did, I felt like a weight was lifted off me.” Plus there were a few reasons why the Flip or Flop stars divorced.

Anstead tried to look at the positive side of the situation. Instead of seeing an ending, she preferred to think of her situation as a beginning. “It’s invigorating to know I am starting over,” she added. “It’s fun to be able to create my own destiny right now.”

She expressed similar sentiments in an interview with Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan. “Despite of everything, I’m doing really, really good,” she said, insisting that the “primary focus” will always be their two children. “We’re just normal, nice people who just, you know, want to be the best parents and coworkers that we can be.”

Christina Anstead's split from Tarek El Moussa marked "all new territory"

With Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa divorced, fans of Flip or Flop were understandably curious about the fate of the show. While the couple’s separation statement indicated they would “continue [their] professional life together,” the question on viewers’ minds was, “How’s that gonna work?”

At the same time the couple announced their separation, HGTV issued a statement indicating that, despite whatever was taking place between the show’s stars, it was business as usual for Flip or Flop. “We admire and appreciate Tarek and Christina’s great work on Flip or Flop,” read a statement issued to Us Weekly. “When it comes to matters related to their own family, we respect their privacy and honor any decision that works best for them and their children. HGTV is currently airing episodes of Flip or Flop and the series will continue production as scheduled.”

As it turned out, HGTV actually leaned into the couple’s split when promoting the 2018 season. “It’s all new territory,” said Anstead in HGTV’s press release at the time. “When our marriage fell apart it was more public than we could have imagined. But we’re picking up the pieces and we’ll still work together to support our kids.”

Christina Anstead learned to work with her ex

When the seventh season of Flip or Flop debuted in 2018, all the off-camera drama that had been filling the pages of tabloids led to a lot of curiosity about how Christina Anstead and ex Tarek El Moussa would interact after their split. That curiosity led to even bigger ratings, with HGTV revealing that viewership for Season 7 had risen 18 percent over the previous season. The co-stars, it seemed, were more popular divorced than they were married.

In fact, the show had become so successful that the network announced it was ordering 15 more episodes for that season. “We’re eager to see how they continue to run their flipping business, co-parent their children and start new chapters in their professional and personal lives,” said HGTV president Allison Page in the announcement.

Ironically, the ex-spouses actually got along better after their divorce than they did when they were married. “Tarek and I are in a really good place right now,” Anstead told E! News. As she told Good Housekeeping, despite the split, she and her ex still managed to work well together. “We met at work, and we actually probably get along best at work,” she explained.

Christina Anstead found new love and got herself a new name

At the end of 2017, Christina Anstead — then known as Christina El Moussa — met British TV host Ant Antstead through mutual friends, and sparks flew. They were a full-fledged couple when she sent him a sweet Instagram greeting to mark his 39th birthday in March 2018. In December of that year, the couple tied the knot in a secret “winter wonderland” wedding, as reported by People, to which Anstead wore a totally unique wedding dress. As she later wrote on Instagram, “Life has a funny way of letting things fall into place when you least expect it.”

With Christina Anstead taking her new husband’s name, the two blended their families, with her two children and his two children (from his previous marriage) all moving in together into a new home. “All of the kids are so excited,” she told People. “I love all the chaos of a full house.”

Meanwhile, the couple had even more news to share when they later revealed they were expecting their first child together. In September 2019, the Ansteads welcomed a son. “Ant and I are so excited to welcome Hudson London Anstead into the world,” she wrote on Instagram along with a photo of their new arrival. “Our hearts are SO full of love and joy!” 

Christina Anstead went solo with Christina on the Coast

After landing a new husband, welcoming a new baby, and buying a new home, Christina Anstead then moved on to launching her own show for HGTV. While she and ex-husband Tarek El Moussa would continue to film Flip or Flop, she debuted her solo effort, Christina on the Coast, in spring 2019. There was no house-flipping in the new show, which instead focused on her fledgling design business, with Anstead using her flair for creative design to reinvent spaces in clients’ homes. 

As HGTV pointed out in its announcement, the show also offered viewers something that Flip or Flop didn’t: a glimpse into her personal life, including behind-the-scenes footage of her wedding to Ant Anstead. “I had a lot going on last year, and I thought it would be interesting to show a little bit more of my real life,” she told the New York Post.

Viewers loved what they saw, and HGTV declared Christina on the Coast to be a ratings smash, drawing 12 million total viewers in its first season. In August 2019, Christina Anstead took to Instagram to reveal that the network had ordered a second season. “SO BEYOND excited,” she wrote of the Season 2 renewal.

Christina Anstead has always made time for her BFF

Through all of Christina Anstead’s ups and downs, there’s been one constant in her life: best friend Cassie Zebisch. According to House Beautiful, the BFFs have known each other for more than 20 years. Zebisch is not only Anstead’s publicist, but she’s also godmother to the Flip or Flop star’s daughter, Taylor. 

Back in 2015, Anstead took to Instagram to share a throwback photo of the duo in the back of a limo to celebrate Zebisch’s birthday. “True friends are hard to find… I am lucky to have you by my side through thick and thin!!” Anstead wrote in the caption, adding, “This shouldn’t need to be stated but this is an OLD PHOTO!!!!”

When Anstead launched Christina on the Coast for HGTV, the first project she took on was for Zebisch, who revealed on Instagram that the designer was transforming her “childhood home into a gorgeous California Contemporary dream home.” Describing what it was like to be on camera with her bestie, Zebisch told House Beautiful the process was organic. “Christina and I have such good chemistry in real life, and we just did our thing, like we do every day together,” she said.

Clearly, once you’re in with Christina Anstead, you’re in for life.

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Courteney Cox Plots Return to TV With Starz Horror Comedy Pilot Shining Vale

Courteney Cox‘s next TV project is taking the Scream star back to her horror roots.

Starz has tapped Cox to lead Shining Vale, a comedy pilot about a woman whose family relocates from the city to a small town with a dark history — so why is Cox’s character the only one who seems to notice what’s going on around her? Is she possessed, or just depressed? She really can’t tell.

Here’s Starz’s official breakdown of the quirky dark comedy:

Patricia ‘Pat’ Phelps is a former ‘wild child’ who rose to fame by writing a raunchy, drug-and-alcohol-soaked women’s empowerment novel (a.k.a. lady porn). Fast forward 17 years later, Pat is clean and sober but totally unfulfilled. She still hasn’t written her second novel, she can’t remember the last time she had sex with her husband, and her teenage kids are at that stage where they love their vile friends and want you dead. She was a faithful wife until her one slip-up: a torrid 15-night-stand with a hot, young artist/handyman/musician neighbor. In a last-ditch effort to save her marriage, she and her family move from the ‘crazy’ of the city to a large, old house in the suburbs where evil and humor collide.


“As Starz continues to expand its slate of original comedy series, we are incredibly proud to bring a talented actress such as Courteney Cox to the network to topline Shining Vale,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, President and CEO of Starz. “Her previous success in the genre combined with her well-honed comedic chops make her the ideal actor to bring Pat to life.”

The Lionsgate/Warner Bros. TV project was written by Trial & Error creator Jeff Astrof, who also worked with Cox on Friends from 1994 to 1996. Catastrophe creator Sharon Horgan shares story credit with Astrof.

In addition to playing Monica Gellar for 10 seasons on NBC’s Friends, Cox also led Cougar Town for six seasons on ABC and TBS. She was recently confirmed to appear in HBO Max’s upcoming Friends reunion special, which will bring all six of the classic sitcom’s stars together for a look back at the show’s legacy.

Does Shining Vale sound up your alley? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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