Tarek El Moussa is opening up about his estranged wife’s relationship with contractor Gary Anderson, saying that the relationship “bothered me.”
In an interview published by Us Magazine on Thursday, the “Flip or Flop” star admitted that Christina El Moussa hooking up with Anderson, a contractor who has worked with the couple, got under his skin initially.
“It bothered me [at first]. But she can live her life. I’ve totally moved on,” El Moussa said.
While Christina El Moussa reportedly took up with Anderson following her split from Tarek, she too has moved on; Christina’s spokeswoman told TheWrap last month that the female half of the “Flip or Flop” duo is currently single.
“Christina is single and being in a relationship is the last thing on her mind,” El Moussa’s spokesperson said. “She is taking this time to focus on her children and herself.”
Tarek also sought comfort in the arms of another following the split, dating Alyssa Logan, the nanny of the couple’s two children. While Tarek told Us Magazine that Logan is “amazing,” he noted that he is no longer seeing her.
“I did date her for a month. I was going through a tough time, and she’s amazing,” El Moussa recalled. “I never held hands with her around the kids, though. Now I’m not dating anyone specifically. It will be a long time before I’m in a relationship.”
The El Moussas announced their split after seven years of marriage in a statement to People in December, acknowledging, “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.”
According to the couple, they broke up following a May incident during which law enforcement responded to a call of a “possibly suicidal male with a gun.” The call was made after Tarek retrieved a gun from a safe in the couple’s Orange County, California, home and wandered into nearby Chino Hills State Park.
Tarek told deputies that he headed to the park to “blow off some steam,” and that he brought the gun with him as protection against mountain lions and rattlesnakes.
“Flip or Flop,” which premiered in 2013, revolves around the El Moussas, real estate agents who buy distressed properties and renovate them.