Flip or Flop star Christina El Moussa blindsided her new man Gary Anderson, dumping him by announcing in an interview that she was single before she broke up with him, In Touch is reporting exclusively.

In an interview on Feb. 13, Christina coldly announced that she was single and dating was the last thing on her mind. Meanwhile, Gary thought they were still a couple, as he and Christina had been spending nights together, and found out they were done from the magazine article, a source reveals.

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“He was heartbroken and blindsided,” the source says. “She just used him to get over Tarek El Moussa. Then she cut off all communication with Gary.”

He read about it with the rest of the country a week later, the source explains, adding that it’s just one of the many lies both Tarek and Christina have told as they try to control their images and minimize the animosity between them to maintain the audience for their lucrative hit HGTV series.

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“These interviews were an effort to salvage their brand,” says the Flip or Flop insider. “But in reality, they have such damaging history that it’s going to be difficult for them to ever be friendly.”

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As In Touch previously reported, she’d been seeing Gary for months following her 2016 split from husband and HGTV co-star Tarek El Moussa.

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