From Romance Under Wraps to Meeting the Kids: A Detailed Timeline of Christina El Moussa and Ant Anstead's Relationship

New year, new man! The Flip or Flop star and the TV presenter’s relations made their relationship public in January, marking the moment with a photo of the couple taking a bike ride. They had clearly been keeping their romance under the radar for a month or two, as Christina later said they met “at the end of 2017,” and Ant revealed they celebrated a 6-month anniversary on April 30.

Things heated up fast between the two on-screen personalities — just a few weeks after going public, they jetted off to Napa together. “Lovely weekend away with this guy,” El Moussa said. They’ve also embarked on weekend trips to Las Vegas and Mexico.

El Moussa posted a sweet tribute to her new love on Valentine’s Day, and showed off his homemade gift for her: a picture frame. Anstead echoed his girlfriend’s sentiments, writing “My Valentine is a HOTTIE,” on his Instagram Stories that day.

Anstead gave the mom of two (she shares daughter Taylor, 7, and son Brayden, 2, with her ex husband and co-host Tarek) a tour of his “old stomping grounds” in London in March. “Within moments of landing in the U.K. I couldn’t help it….. we grabbed the G40 and gave @christinaelmoussa a tour of my world…. where I grew up, my school, my town,” he said.

The HGTV host posted a heartfelt tribute to the Wheelers and Dealers star on his 39th birthday. “He has already grounded me in so many ways and I’m so grateful for him,” she said, adding that he “is an amazing dad to his children and also great with mine, driven and talented, humble and kind, patient and a great listener, fun and hilarious, spiritual and to top it all off he’s hot AF.”

Following their London trip, the pair jetted off to South Africa, where they shared their safari on social media. “Just chillin with the elephants,” she captioned this selfie. “What a privilege!”

Time flies! Anstead gushed over El Moussa on their six month anniversary, writing, “I’ve loved every second I spend with her!” He added that she is a “proper travel buddy,” and also complimented her sense of humor and her ability to get his “British sarcasm.”

Although they haven’t revealed any plans for marriage, they did celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials in May. Anstead even admitted to texting the royal for advice on dating a “Yank.” The famous newlywed’s answer? “His reply will be kept a secret!!!!!!” he said.

After Anstead surprised his daughter (he has two children, Amelie and Archie, from a previous marriage) in England in May, he immediately cuddled up with El Moussa upon his return home — despite being “jet lagged.” El Moussa replied to his gallery of photos by commenting, “I’m the lucky one. Love you.”

In a July PEOPLE cover story, El Moussa opened up about how she saw her future with Anstead.

“I can see myself getting married to him,” she said candidly. “He’s so down-to-earth, and we have so much in common. We basically do the same thing, so he gets what my world is like, and he’s just rolled with the punches and handled everything so well.”

That same month, after surprising her with a trip to Mexico for her 35h birthday, Anstead made a grand gesture, having “I [heart] C” spelled out in sky writing above their oceanfront hotel. 

He also posted a gallery of photos on Instagram to celebrate the big day. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY to this absolute LEGEND!!!! 35 today!!! @Christinaelmoussa you make me laugh every single day! You are crazy! In a good way! An inspiration! You saved me! Oh and not too shabby for 35!!!” he wrote. 

While the couple have been eager to spend time with all of their kids — Taylor and Brayden, and Ant’s two children from a previous relationship, Archie and Amelie — bringing them to Anaheim Ducks games and just doing errands as a blended family.

The party of six vacationed together in Hawaii in August, and braved a travel disaster, when, Christina revealed, they missed their flight because of a visit to urgent care and the impending arrival of a hurricane. “I guess Maui wasn’t ready for us to leave,” she wrote of the incident.

The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary in October with Christina revealing the story of how they first got together. “A year ago today [Ant Anstead] called me for the first time and we spoke for 29 mins two days later … he FaceTimed me (I was thinking who FaceTimes),” she wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of them showing some PDA while in London. “Anyways I answered and we spoke for 2.5 hours … two days later we met for the first time and we’ve been inseparable ever since.”

In December, Anstead posted a photo of he and El Moussa sharing an “epic” dessert while “celebrating something special.” Fans were quick to speculate that “something” was an engagement, noting in the comments that El Moussa’s hands were conveniently cropped from the image.

A representative for El Moussa told PEOPLE the two were toasting her wrapping her new solo HGTV show, Christina on the Coast, which premieres in May 2019. 

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