HGTV star Tarek El Moussa filed for divorce from his wife and “Flip Or Flop” co-star Christina on Tuesday. The pair ended their seven-year marriage just two weeks before the premiere of the eighth season of their hit home renovation series.
The couple first announced the split on Dec. 12, saying their decision to end their relationship largely stemmed from a domestic incident this past May that involved a gun and resulted in Orange County police getting involved.
The O.C. Sheriff’s Dept. told TheWrap that Christina El Moussa was “crying and shaking” during the incident while Tarek El Moussa was seen by witnesses to have “run out of his back door, jump over his fence and walk northbound into the hiking trails of the Chino Hills State Park.”
The couple told officials that Tarek El Moussa had not made any threats during the incident and was not suicidal, though he did agree to relinquish his firearms for 30 days.
“Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” the couple’s statement to People read. “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 in a statement at the time of their announced separation last month that they planned to continue to work with the El Moussas and that production of “Flip or Flop” would continue as scheduled.
The show features the real estate agent couple’s attempts to buy cheap houses, renovate them, and sell them for a profit.
The El Moussas married in 2009 and have two children.