“Flip or Flop” stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa only announced their separation this week, but they’ve been broken up for months — and they’ve been seeing other people since their split in May, the couple confirmed to People.
“We have both dated other people following the separation, but neither of us is ready to announce anything in terms of another relationship,” the couple told the publication.
According to the El Moussas, 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 the couple’s Orange County, California, home and wandered into Chino Hills State Park.
According to paperwork obtained by TheWrap from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Christina El Moussa “was crying and shaking” during the incident.
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.
In a statement issued to People on Monday, the stars of the HGTV series referenced the incident while announcing their split.
“Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” the statement 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.”
The El Moussas, who wed in 2009, have two children, daughter Taylor and son Brayden.
“Flip or Flop,” which premiered in 2013, revolves around the El Moussas, real estate agents who buy distressed properties and renovate them.
In a statement to TheWrap, HGTV, which airs the series, said that the show “will continue production as scheduled.”
“We admire and appreciate Tarek and Christina’s great work on ‘Flip or Flop,'” HGTV said. “When it comes to matters related to their own family, we respect their privacy and honor any decision that works best for them and their children. HGTV is currently airing episodes of ‘Flip or Flop’ and the series will continue production as scheduled.”