In late 2016, HGTV stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa officially announced the end to their seven-year marriage. Despite the drama, the two plan to finish filming Season 7 of Flip or Flop, and officially started the new year with a new lives. Below, a definitive timeline of the El Moussa's seemingly perfect relationship, from when it started to after its demise.
2000s – Tarek El Moussa earns his real estate license at the age of 21 and meets his future wife, Christina, while at work at a real estate office.
2008 – The budding Orange County real estate agents decide to dive into the real estate market together, but at a pretty bad time. The housing market went drastically downhill after the October stock market crash, and the couple was forced to give up their $6,000 per month home and move into a $700 per month apartment.
May 2009 – Tarek and Christina tie the knot and officially become the El Moussas.
2010 – After struggling to get pregnant and undergoing in vitro fertilization, Christina gives birth to the couple's first child, a girl named Taylor Reese.
April 2013 – Flip or Flop premieres on HGTV. The show documents the process of the the El Moussas buying distressed properties and remodeling or "flipping" them to sell them for a profit.
2013 – Tarek receives a phone call from a nurse who was watching Flip or Flop, who notices a lump in his neck. Tarek has the lump examined and doctors diagnose him with stage 2 thyroid cancer.
2013 – Two months after being treated for his thyroid cancer, Tarek learns he also has testicular cancer. He and Christina make the hard decision to keep the second diagnosis private; much later, Tarek explains on a March episode of The Doctors that the demands of the show combined with the stress of the treatment took a toll on he and Christina's relationship. Fortunately, Tarek had the cancer removed and is currently in good health.
2014 –The TV couple sells one of their flipped Orange County properties to Tarek's sister.
2015 – The couple has their second child, a boy named Brayden James.
April 2016 – After 7 years of marriage, the couple celebrate their wedding anniversary by purchasing their very own boat, appropriately named Flip or Flop.
May 2016 – According to US Weekly, on May 23, 11 deputies from the Orange County police department were called to the El Moussa home in response to a "possibly suicidal male with a gun." Reportedly, an eyewitness told police that he saw Tarek "run out of his back door, jump over his back fence and walk northbound into the hiking trails of the Chino Hills State Park." Christina's friend, who happened to be home during the incident, later disclosed to the police that she saw Tarek grab a handgun from his safe before heading outside the home. Tarek later told the police that he had "no intention of hurting himself" and that he took the gun for protection and "to blow off steam."
December 2016 – Tarek and Christina announce their split after facing ups and downs in their marriage. The couple releases a statement to US Weekly:
"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. We chose to get counseling to sort out our relationship. Together, we have decided to separate while we reevaluate the future of our marriage. During this 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."
Though they formerly announced their split in December, the couple had reportedly been separated since May. It had also been rumored that the couple had already begun dating other people. Christina reportedly starts to date the former couple's contractor, Gary Anderson.
January 2017 – Tarek files for divorce from Christina. The divorce follows a year-long split.
February 21, 2017 – Christina El Moussa appears on ABC for her first TV interview since her public split.
March 2017 – Christina attends the All-Star Chef Classic at L.A. Live, where the Flip or Flop star opens up about her new life to E! News, saying things between her and former husband are now normal. "Tarek and I are in a very good place right now. We're doing a really good job," she says. "We share the kids 50/50 and our communication is great. Like I said, the kids are happy, so everyone's doing really well."
But despite the couple's split, the El Moussas want to make sure that their Flip or Flop franchise stays alive. HGTV announces in March that Flip or Flop will now expand to other states with new stars. "We were approached about a year ago that they were going to explore doing Flip or Flop in some other states, and we gave it our blessing," she tells E! News.
According to US Weekly, the Flip or Flop spinoffs will start off in the 5 cities of Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Texas, and Las Vegas by 2018.
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