New Beginnings: Christine Costner Steps Out with Boyfriend Josh Connor

Three months after finalizing her divorce from Kevin Costner, Christine Costner finds happiness with longtime friend and new boyfriend, Josh Connor.

New Beginnings: Christine Costner Steps Out with Boyfriend Josh Connor
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Kevin Costner's Ex-Wife Christine Holds Hands with Boyfriend Josh Connor 3 Months After Finalizing Divorce

Christine Costner, the former wife of Hollywood star Kevin Costner, is embracing a new chapter in her life with financier Josh Connor. The couple was seen holding hands during a leisurely stroll in Santa Barbara, California, on May 14, marking a public step forward in their relationship.

A source confirmed to PEOPLE in January that Christine and Connor had been dating for several months. "They've been seeing each other since she split from Kevin," the insider shared, emphasizing the couple's deep connection that blossomed post-divorce.

Christine, 50, filed for divorce from Kevin, 69, on May 1, 2023, after 18 years of marriage, citing their separation date as April 11. Her relationship with Connor, a former neighbor and long-time friend, began to attract attention in July 2023, when they were spotted together in Hawaii. The trip included Christine's children with Kevin: Cayden, 17, Hayes, 15, and Grace, 13.

Initially dismissing romance rumors, Christine’s attorney, John Rydell, clarified during August 2023 child support hearings that Connor was "nothing more than a friend." However, by January, another source confirmed to PEOPLE that Christine and Connor were indeed dating, noting their shared love for the ocean and beach life as a bond that brought them closer.

"Josh was initially just a friend," the insider explained. "He is a divorced dad and understands what she's been going through. They are having a lot of fun together and are in the same place in their lives."

Christine and Kevin's divorce, which was finalized in February, ended a prolonged legal battle. The former couple settled their differences amicably in September 2023, reaching a mutually agreed-upon resolution for all divorce-related issues. A representative for Kevin stated, "They have come to an amicable and mutually agreed-upon resolution of all issues pertaining to their divorce proceedings."

As Christine moves forward, her newfound happiness with Josh Connor reflects a fresh start and a positive outlook on life post-divorce.