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Flip or Flop stars split, months after a “misunderstanding” involving guns, police

Flip or Flop stars split, months after a “misunderstanding” involving guns, police
Tarek and Christina El Moussa on HGTV's Flip or Flop. (Photo by HGTV)

Tarek El Moussa and Christina El Moussa, the stars of HGTV’s three-year-old real estate series Flip or Flop, have separated, more than six months after police responded to a domestic dispute at their home. However, the show will continue production as usual.

TMZ reports that in May, police responded to “a call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun.” The details:

“Witnesses told cops they saw Tarek grab a gun from his safe, run out the back door and flee down a hiking trail. Shortly after, Christina was seen running out of the house crying and shaking.

Within minutes, the helicopter spotted Tarek on a trail and deputies told him to drop his weapon. Tarek complied and told deputies he had no intention of hurting himself. He said he wanted to ‘blow off some steam,’ and only brought the gun for mountain lions and rattlesnakes.

Deputies went back to the house and ended up seizing 5 guns, including an AR-15.”

The couple calls all of that “an unfortunate misunderstanding” in a statement:

“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.”

They will be now considering “the future of our marriage,” and said:

“During the process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be. We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”

Flip or Flop is an HGTV hit

The show is one of HGTV’s hits. When it returned for a five-week special season this summer, the episode ranked higher than every cable show, and even beat Fox and The CW.

The network said in a statement:

“We admire and appreciate Tarek and Christina’s great work on Flip or Flop. 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.”

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