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‘Rehab Addict’ Is Back in Action, Despite the Drama in Nicole Curtis’ Life

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It’s been a tough couple of years for Nicole Curtis, the Rehab Addict of HGTV and DIY fame. But she’s finally back on our small screens as her show kicked off its eighth season earlier this month, and we’re here to answer all your burning questions. Scroll down to learn more about the series and the woman behind it!

Who is Rehab Addict?

That would be Nicole Curtis, investor, realtor, and restoration expert. “I got interested in rehabbing because I was poor,” she told The Arizona Republic in 2014. “Nothing motivates you to learn how to do something like not having the money to pay to have it done. I’ve never bought anything turnkey and never will. I've never ‘flipped’ a house in my life … I rehab houses out of necessity.”

Where is Rehab Addict filmed?

For its first three seasons, Rehab Addict gussied up houses in Minneapolis, MN, and nearby St. Paul. Since Season 4, however, the show has branched out to Detroit, MI, and Akron, OH (It makes sense! Nicole grew up in Lake Orion, MI, and she lived in Detroit as of 2014.)

How old is Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis?

Thanks to a 2011 Twitter post of hers — on the occasion of her 35th birthday — we know Nicole was born on Aug. 20, 1976. That means she’s 41 years old… with the energy level of someone half her age!

What happened to Rehab Addict’s husband?

Before the show premiered, Nicole was married to a guy named Steve Lane, with whome she had son Ethan, 19, but they split in 2009, and details of their divorce are scarce.

What's going on with Rehab Addict's kids?

Nicole’s been embroiled in a custody battle with another ex, Shane Maguire, over their son Harper, and she opened up about how painful it has been. “Harper had never, ever been away from me before,” she said to People, explaining that she planned to raise him alone until Shane found out and insisted on taking the baby twice a week. “That was the most horrific moment. It was heart-wrenching.” Another problem was that she was still breastfeeding the baby. and the court forced her to pump ahead of time and she couldn't produce enough. “I’ve always been a fighter. If something’s not right, I’m the first person to stand up. And I don’t believe that my child should have to wean because of our situation,” she said. Though things have since gotten "a lot better," she still claims that the back and fourth has caused "attachment issues" for their son.

“I would give anything to have a husband that loved me and supported me, and, you know, took the kids out for pizza while I designed,” she told Country Living this April. “But I just never had that.”

On Nov. 28, The Blast obtained court docs revealing that Nicole decided to stop breastfeeding her son at 2.5 years old because Shawn has used it “in a attempt to humiliate and embarrass” her.

What happened to Rehab Addict?

The show was off the airwaves for nearly a year and a half — but can you blame Nicole for wanting some downtime? Though she recently teamed up with Bobby Prothero, her new partner and lead builder. “We built a business, just around our family schedules,” she told DIY. “It gave us a chance to regroup and really start focusing on what we really wanted to do.”

When does Rehab Addict come back on?

Season 8 finally premiered on Oct. 4, and the show airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST. Pre-war buildings of the Midwest, get ready for your close-up!

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