Ant Anstead
Televison peronalitiy Ant Anstead attends the Los Angeles Special Screening of Discovery's series "Serengeti" in Beverly Hills, California, on July 23, 2019. VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images


  • Christina Haack said she never exploited her son Hudson, and it only took less than five minutes to film her Instagram ads
  • The celebrity mom added that nothing was forced, and Hudson enjoyed the activities he did in the ads 
  • Ant Anstead claimed in his filing that he was concerned about Haack letting Hudson appear in a TV production environment

Christina Haack fired back at her ex-husband Ant Anstead who raised concern over her letting their 2-year-old son Hudson in a TV production set amid their ongoing custody battle.

"I have never exploited our son Hudson," Haack said in court documents obtained by Page Six. "He appeared in a few of my own Instagram ads that each took less than 5 minutes to film. I have all the footage, and they were all fun activities that he enjoyed doing, such as playing with toys or making cookies."

She added that "nothing was forced." The "Flip or Flop" star further claimed that she and Antstead had already gone to "private mediation" in an attempt to work things out. "But his declaration makes it clear that he is only interested in smearing me publicly."

Haack's statement came after reports that she allegedly exploited her son with Anstead. In court documents obtained by Us Weekly Tuesday, he claimed that she was using their child's image for paid content.

"The risks for a child working on a television production set (even if that 'set' is Christina's home) are innumerable and well documented," he said. "Putting aside the obvious pressures of working within a TV production environment, children involved in television production often have lingering issues that affect their welfare, worldview, and self-image, leaving them diminished and dependent upon the perceived approval of others for their self-worth."

He added, "It is my goal to ensure that Hudson is allowed a childhood that is joyful, healthy, and natural, with as few stresses as possible, and this should be prioritized above creating commercial opportunity and content."

It's not the first time the exes had locked horns over their son's custody. In April, Anstead sought sole custody and claimed that Haack only spent "nine full days each month" with the toddler over the past 20 months and reportedly put the toddler's health at risk. According to him, there was a time when Hudson got sunburned over her watch.

Haack argued with her ex's allegations and said that the "Celebrity IOU: Joyride" star wanted to "tarnish my good name with his false allegations." She also denied using their son as a "promotional tool" by including a copy of his People magazine cover on his filing.

"I will not speculate as to his true motivations, but Hudson's best interest is not what is motivating his application to the Court," her statement read.

Anstead's sole custody petition got denied.

Christina Anstead and Ant Anstead
Christina Anstead and Ant Anstead attend the Los Angeles Special Screening Of Discovery's "Serengeti" at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on July 23, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images