Flip or Flop stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa seemed like quite the couple on their hit TV show. On December 12th they announced their separation, revealing that they’ve been living apart for months already.
On their hit show Flip or Flop Tarek and Christina El Moussa seem like a beautiful couple. Their business of buying, renovating and flipping houses is not an easy one. Conflict is always around the corner, whether there are discussions of design choices, materials used or exploding costs. Once we see the episodes they are heavily edited and timelines are very condensed. We only really get a summary and some but hardly all of the drama behind the scenes.
We do know that Tarek and Christina make good business partners. They seem, for the most part, successful. And they adore their children.
So, when they announced their separation on December 12th their fans were shocked and surprised. But that’s not where the story ended. Indeed, in the days since we have learned a great many details about the couple that we never got to see on TV. Considering that their show is not about their private lives, this can hardly be surprising.
As it turns out, one of the triggering events of their separation was an incident that happened last May. Apparently Tarek had gone out to let off some steam. He was at the couple’s former shared home and had been spotted leaving it with a gun.
Apparently the police had been called in, because “of a possibly suicidal male with a gun”. Once a number of police units and even a helicopter appeared and ordered Tarek to drop his gun he did so immediately.
The pair later explained that there had been a rather big misunderstanding, but that no violence had occurred and that no charges had been pressed either.
Whilst the incident sounds somewhat scary, it doesn’t appear to be the only trigger for the separation. Indeed, it’s quite possible that the pair had already been separated at the time. It would appear that they have been separated for six to eight months now.
They admitted that they had tried to work on their issues, even going to marriage counselling. But ultimately they decided to separate.
Since then the two have been living apart and they have both been dating other people. Christina has reportedly been seeing a contractor the couple has worked with in the past. Tarek on the other hand had a fling with the couple’s former nanny, though they are presumably no longer together.
Thus far the estranged couple has kept things amicable. They made it clear that their business venture had a future and that they were planning on keeping working together. Their TV show is still running and more episodes are still meant to be produced. The schedule is supposed to be kept according to HGTV. In the meantime, however, it has also been claimed that the show may not continue beyond the current contract and schedule, which is set to end sometime in 2017.
As it is, Tarek and Christina are mostly worried about the sudden attention to their personal lives after they announced their separation. Whilst they had a certain celebrity status before that, their personal lives had been private. That’s not so much the case anymore.
Their main concern are, of course, their children, who are 15 months and 6 years old. They declared their commitment to co-parenting their kids, which has proven somewhat difficult considering that the couple doesn’t live together any longer.
Still, Christmas was apparently celebrated together, at least in part, in order to make an effort for the children.
For now a divorce has not been filed, however. Whilst reconciliation seems very unlikely at this time, a divorce is apparently quite complicated in their case. The dissolution of their marriage would see a dissolution of their considerable assets, which could evolve into a lengthy process. Perhaps divorce will only become a topic once the two have moved on to more permanent partners. Right now their separation seems to work for the two of them and as long as they manage to keep the peace for the sake of their children, a divorce is not an immediate necessity.