HGTV’s Flip or Flop stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa have decided to end their seven year marriage.
The couple announced their separation in a statement, noting an altercation that prompted police to visit their California home. The altercation was allegedly Tarek threatening to commit suicide after Christina threatened to leave him after an affair with a Flip or Flop crew member, of course this isn’t substantiated.
“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,” the couple said in the statement.
The El Moussas said they sought counseling to “sort out” the relationship but have since decided to separate while evaluating “the future of our marriage.”
“During the process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be. We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together,” they said in the statement.
Police responded to the couple’s Orange County home in May after receiving a “call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun”. Tarek allegedly ran from the home with a firearm, only dropping the weapon when a helicopter spotted him and officers commanded him to do so.
He allegedly told officers he did not intend to harm himself, but wanted to “blow off some steam.”
The couple were married in 2009 have two children: Brayden, 1, and a 6-year-old daughter Taylor.
TMZ: Their ordeal started, at least publicly, in May when deputies responded to “a call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun” at the couple’s Orange County home. According to law enforcement, a massive presence showed up — 11 deputies and a helicopter.
Witnesses told cops they saw Tarek grab a gun from his safe, run out the back door and flee down a hiking trail. Shortly after, Christina was seen running out of the house crying and shaking.
Within minutes, the helicopter spotted Tarek on a trail and deputies told him to drop his weapon. Tarek complied and told deputies he had no intention of hurting himself. He said he wanted to “blow off some steam,” and only brought the gun for mountain lions and rattlesnakes.
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