Beloved HGTV couple Tarek and Christina El Moussa shocked Flip or Flop fans with their split announcement back in December 2016 — and then again when the father-of-two filed for divorce one month later. So are Tarek and Christina (officially) divorced yet? Keep scrolling to learn more about their breakup below.
Why did Tarek and Christina split up?
There appears to be multiple reasons their seven-year marriage didn't work out, but an insider dished exclusively to In Touch that Christina was texting another man. The drama began when they hired Gary Anderson — an "older, wealthy divorcée" — as a contractor when they decided to redo their pool back in 2015.
"Christina grew close to Gary," the insider tells In Touch exclusively. "Tarek was suspicious that she was getting involved with someone but had no concrete evidence." That changed in May 2016. "Tarek saw Christina's phone and [believed] there was some inappropriate texting going on between Christina and Gary," the insider noted, adding that that incident led to police responding to "a call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun."
Tarek also shared what he thought went wrong during an appearance on The Doctors. "I feel like if we had better communication, we would have had a better relationship. I think as time went on, you get busier and busier. It was like overnight: businesses, TV, all these things happened overnight, then the cancer and the back surgery. It just kind of started pushing us apart from each other," he explained. "I would be lying if I said it was easy. But like anything, there's ups and downs and you have challenges, but at the end of the day, we're just normal people. What's most important is the family and the kids. It's really important that we stayed positive."
Multiple insiders revealed that Tarek was "verbally abusive" to Christina on the set of their series too, and even went to rehab for alcohol abuse to try and win her back. "He drank and was verbally abusive to Christina, so he needed to take care of his issues. Christina said he needed to get his temper under control," said a source. "Christina said he did it to try to win her back, to show her that he was changing, but at that point, she was already done with him."
Have the pair been granted a divorce?
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Tarek and Christina's divorce was finalized in January 2018, but details on the pair's business and financial affairs aren't public. There is, however, a separate, private pact, according to The Orange County Register.
At the former couple's request, the "judgment on reserved issues" will remain confidential. The private agreement, however, is readily available if it's necessary for "enforcement purposes," states the order by family court Judge Lon F. Hurwitz. The order granting the divorce also says the El Moussas cannot make "any disparaging or derogatory remarks" about each other in front of their children, and must not allow the children to be anywhere that a friend, relative, or "significant other" does so. The couple has a daughter Taylor, 7, and a son Brayden, 2.
How long were Tarek and Christina together?
Tarek and Christina were married for seven years, and recently shared how they've bounced back from their lowest point, separately. On the one-year anniversary of their dramatic public split, they each posted emotionally charged quotes and messages to their Instagrams.
"You do not get to choose the events that come your way nor the sorrows that interrupt your life," reads an excerpt from the pastor David Crosby's book Your Pain is Changing You, shared by Christina. "They will likely be a surprise to you, catching you off guard and unprepared. You may hold your head in your hands and lament your weak condition and wonder what you ought to do."
Meanwhile, Tarek shared a quote from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling that read, "Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." He wrote in the caption, "This quote really stood out to me. We've all faced obstacles and for many, they were so horrific they hit the lowest point of their life with no future in sight… when you are at the bottom you feel nothing but pain, misery, and despair." In addition to his pending divorce, the star has battled cancer twice.
Who is Christina dating now?
Christina quickly got back into the dating game. After she was linked to Gary, she rekindled her romance with a former flame named Doug Spedding and was linked to NHL star Nate Thompson. These days, however, she's going steady with Ant Anstead — a hot AF UK native, most known for being a presenter on For the Love of Cars.
In fact, they're already talking marriage. "They would love to get married, and they're discussing it already," an insider told Life & Style. "Christina knows Ant is 'the one,' and the feeling is mutual."
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