Tarek and Christina El Moussa, the husband and wife duo of HGTV channel’s Flip or Flop, have separated six months after police were called to the couple’s home on suspicion of a “possibly suicidal man” back in May. When authorities arrived at the El Moussa house, a “crying and shaking” Christina told police that her husband Tarek had put a handgun in his backpack then ran from the house. Upon discovery that Tarek was walking around a nearby state park with a loaded weapon, the local sheriff’s helicopter searched for him. Tarek was located by authorities, and did not resist when they brought him back to his home.
Despite the report of a “suicidal” man, both Christina and Tarek insisted he was not a danger to himself. An incident report stated: “Tarek did not make any threatening statements to [Christina] and he did not make any comments about hurting himself or anyone else. She also denied that Tarek had ever been suicidal.” Tarek claimed he left the house in a rush to “blow off some steam” and brought the gun as protection from “mountain lions and rattlesnakes.” No charges were filed, but authorities confiscated five guns, including an AR-15 rifle, from the El Moussa home for 30 days.
This intense incident proved to be too much for the Flip or Flop couple. Even after they attended marriage counseling following the incident, Christina and Tarek sadly could not make things work. The pair, who were married in 2009 and have two children, have officially separated to “evaluate the future” of their marriage. They told E! News: “Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage. 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.”
HGTV said the El Moussa marriage troubles do not mean the end of Flip or Flop. The show plans to continue production, with Christina and Tarek working together professionally.
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