Burnout wasn’t the only reason why Nicole Curtis took a step back from HGTV. She wanted to slow down and enjoy family life, too. “I could just be at home, being a mom. When I had a chance for that to happen, I took it, because I didn’t have that the first time around,” the renovator explained to People. Curtis first became a mom when she was 20, raising her son Ethan alone while also working and shooting her HGTV show. In 2015, she expanded her family, welcoming her second son, Harper, after keeping the pregnancy a secret on the set of “Rehab Addict.”
For three years, alongside starring in the hit HGTV show, Curtis juggled caring for her children while also going through a complex custody battle with Harper’s father, her ex-boyfriend Shane Maguire. To say it was a bit chaotic would be an understatement. Soon enough, it took a toll on the Michigan native. “I just reached a point where I didn’t have to do it anymore. I’m thankful,” Curtis acknowledged about her success and the opportunities it afforded her.
And, when it was time for her to return to the spotlight in 2021, with spinoff “Rehab Addict Rescue,” Curtis was determined to do things differently. “I had a very chaotic ten years. I didn’t want to go down that path again,” she asserted. “I’m hyper-focused right now on remembering where I want to be, what matters in my life, what my priorities are.”