‘Flip or Flop’ stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa split

Tarek and Christina El Moussa on November 13. Photo by tarekandchristina/Instagram

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Dec. 12 (UPI) — “Flip or Flop” stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa are calling it quits.

The HGTV television personalities announced their separation in a statement to People on Monday, about six months after police were called to their home during a dramatic altercation.

“Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” the El Moussas said. “We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution. There was no violence and no charges were filed.”

“We are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be,” the pair added. “We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”

Police had responded to a call of “a possibly suicidal male with a gun” at the couple’s home in May, according to TMZ. Tarek reportedly grabbed a gun from his safe and fled down a hiking trail, with Christina subsequently seen “running out of the house crying and shaking.”

Sources said at the time that 11 deputies and a helicopter showed up to the pair’s house in Orange County, Calif. Tarek was spotted and dropped his weapon, and later told officers “he had no intention of hurting himself” but wanted to “blow off some steam.”

Tarek and Christina married in 2009, and share two children, daughter Taylor and son Brayden. “Flip or Flop” premiered on HGTV in 2013, and premiered a seventh season Dec. 1. The series airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.


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