The star couple of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” announced their separation after seven years of marriage, upsetting countless fans of the home makeover show.
Six months after police responded to an altercation at the couple’s California home, Tarek and Christina El Moussa called it quits on their marriage.
“Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” the real estate duo said in a statement to People magazine on Monday. “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.”
Despite counseling to “sort out” the relationship, the couple decided to separate and evaluate “the future of our marriage.”
“During the process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be,” they said. “We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”
Nearly a dozen deputies and a helicopter responded to “a call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun” at the couple’s Orange County home back in May, TMZ reported. Tarek, 35, allegedly ran from his home with a gun, which he dropped when the helicopter spotted him and deputies ordered him to do so.
He said he had no intention of hurting himself and only wanted to “blow off some steam,” according to TMZ.
Tarek and Christina, 33, were married in 2009 and have a one year-old son, Brayden and six year-old daughter, Taylor.
Fans of the show seemed saddened by the news and poured out their sentiments and well-wishes for the couple on social media.
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@TMZ That’s sad. I’m a fan of the show. Hope they can work things out.
— Mike (@Mike88b) December 12, 2016
@TMZ my heart is breaking, I love this show. And I really like them as a couple. So sad
— Too sweet 2bmean (@2bmean) December 12, 2016
— BAEley (@baileycammarano) December 12, 2016
— MrBrooklynB (@MrBrooklynB) December 12, 2016
— Jackie (@jax12479) December 12, 2016
Never thought I’d be so attached to a celebrity couple. This is so sad https://t.co/IZDneAZq91
— Nick Fustor (@FustorThePeople) December 12, 2016
I feel like more people already know that the Flip or Flop couple separated than know Russia is installing our next cabinet. ? #msm
— Now You Know (@sunny_1429) December 12, 2016
attention folks. according to @people Tarek and Kristina split so does that mean flip or flop is no longer? cuz um, not okay with that…
— Caitlyn (@Catbear2k15) December 12, 2016
@TMZ I hope they flip and not flop. Would like to see them work it out. Good look Tarek and Christina.
— Lynn Schmidt (@schly01) December 12, 2016
@TMZ so she is single is all I got from this entire saga
— J0e (@Thereal_jodyjoe) December 12, 2016
@megankimiko as long as it’s not Chip and Joana then we’re fine
— ✨ (@_samanthakb) December 12, 2016