Renee Zellweger explains how she met boyfriend Ant Anstead

Renee Zellweger and Ant Anstead.

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A fateful meeting. Renee Zellweger explained how she met her boyfriend, Anstead ant – and explained his connection to one of his friends.

The Oscar-winning actor, 52, was watching an episode of celebrity IOU “around” the time of his film Judy debuted, she recalled to Harper’s Bazaar in an interview published Thursday, March 24. In the HGTV series, the brothers Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott help celebrities surprise their loved ones with home renovations. The specific episode she watched featured brad pittwho redid his friend’s garage.

After watching the show, the Texas native became interested in filming her own episode. Her friend and former publicist Nanci Ryder had died in June 2020, and Zellweger wanted to celebrate the nurses who cared for Ryder in her final years. Instead of celebrity IOUhowever, she has signed on to star in a spin-off titled Celebrity IOU: Joyride and hosted by Anstead, 42.

the cold mountain The actress said she and her boyfriend now like to think Ryder helped bring them together. “We joke about it,” she explained. “She always does her best. It made me smile. It made me smile to think about it, yeah, the serendipity of it all.

In the episode, which aired in August 2021, the former Wheeler Dealers the host helped refurbish a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass for jerald cowanwhile his twin brother, Jerome Cowan, got a vintage Ford Bronco. Zellweger, as fans know by now, left the set with a new flame.

“He’s excited about life and excited in general,” a source said exclusively. We Weekly from Anstead in July 2021, shortly after the British native met Zellweger. “Part of that may be because he’s dating Renee, but he was definitely excited about doing this project and he seems excited about doing all the different projects he’s been working on.”

Since their cute classic car encounter, the couple have gotten more serious, spending New Year’s Eve together and hanging out with the Anstead kids. The mechanic shares daughter Amélie, 18, and son Archie, 15, with Louise Anstead and son Hudson, 2, with his ex-wife Christina Hack.

Earlier this year, the For the love of cars alum exclusively said We that he introduced Zellweger to his older children over the phone before they met in person. “They had been fortunate enough to meet many, many times on FaceTime,” he shared in January. “So it wasn’t a case of, ‘Hey, here’s someone new.’ It was all very organic. … It was really nice. They came for three weeks. We just went off and made sure we had some time together. It was amazing.”

Although the Bridget Jones Diary star and Anstead are enjoying their time together, the reality TV star added that they are not planning on getting married yet. “Absolutely not,” he said We. “I mean…what’s the rush?” »

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