Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young's Relationship Timeline

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The Flip or Flop host and Selling Sunset star got married in October 2021

Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa went from building a relationship to building a family.

After announcing that they were expecting in July 2022, the couple welcomed their first child together, a boy, in January 2023.

The Selling Sunset star and the Flip or Flop host's romance dates back to the Fourth of July in 2019, when they met through mutual friends in Newport Beach, California. Following a year of dating, El Moussa popped the question and the pair eventually wed in October 2021.

Related: Tarek El Moussa Thanks Ex Christina Haack Ahead of Flip or Flop Finale: 'We Did a Pretty Good Job'

El Moussa was previously married to Christina Hall — but the two split in 2016 and finalized their divorce in 2018. They share two kids together: daughter Taylor Reese and son Brayden James.

Keep scrolling for a complete breakdown of Young and El Moussa's relationship timeline through the years.

July 4, 2019: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa First Meet

While Young and El Moussa both work in the same industry, it was a fishing trip with mutual friends that brought them together in July 2019. The pair confirmed that their connection was love at first sight. Since they were docked next to each other, Young jumped onto El Moussa's boat where he then asked her out for drinks, and the rest is history.

July 28, 2019: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Spark Romance Rumors

Young and El Moussa first sparked relationship rumors after pictures were captured of them kissing and cozying up on a yacht at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, California during the summer of 2019.

Aug. 8, 2019: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Go Instagram Official

Tarek El Moussa/ Instagram
Tarek El Moussa/ Instagram

Just a month after the couple was spotted kissing, they confirmed their relationship on Aug. 8 with joint Instagram posts.

"It's official!!!! After more than 3 years on my own, I'm so PROUD to say that this beautiful, sweet and talented young lady is my girlfriend!" El Moussa wrote, alongside a gallery of photos with Young.

"I'll be honest and say I never thought I would meet someone special in my life after the last three years. Then…out of the blue @heatherraeyoung walked into my life," he continued. "The first time I saw her smile she 'did that thing to my tummy' and I knew right away I needed to get to know her."

As for Young, her Instagram caption read: "My heart is so full and happy. Sometimes someone comes into your life and you just know they are meant to be there."

Aug. 14, 2019: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa's Give Their First Interview as a Couple

Tarek El Moussa/Instagram
Tarek El Moussa/Instagram

Young and El Moussa made their joint interview debut when they appeared on PeopleTV's Reality Check shortly after confirming their relationship. The couple opened up about enjoying each other's company, while simultaneously gushing about one another.

"We've been spending a lot of time together… and we just have so much fun," El Moussa said. "After all the hardships that I've experienced, and there are so many ups and downs in life, sometimes having fun is like the best medicine."

"He's been very romantic, it's been very amazing," Young said. "All happiness and smiles."

Sept. 16, 2019: Tarek El Moussa Celebrates Heather Rae Young's Birthday

Heather Rae Young/Instagram
Heather Rae Young/Instagram

Young's 32nd birthday on Sept. 16 was one to remember as El Moussa gifted her a sweet surprise. While the pair shares an appreciation for sports cars, El Moussa made his love's dream come true by buying her a white, hard-top Ferrari convertible.

"We both share a love of sports cars and on our first date, I asked her what her dream car would be. She told me that she has always dreamed of a white Ferrari convertible," El Moussa told PEOPLE exclusively at the time.

He added, "I wanted to surprise my best friend with the car of her dreams. I love cars so I get to enjoy it too."

Related: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young Return to Place Where They First Met: 'Very Special'

Jan. 29, 2020: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Move in Together

Heather Rae Young/Instagram
Heather Rae Young/Instagram

In January 2020, El Moussa announced on Instagram that he and Young had officially moved in together — and shared more than one place!

"It's really fun because we live in two different places!" he wrote. "Our main spot is in Orange County but one or two nights a week we stay at our place in West Hollywood!"

"I now have someone to go to bed with and wake up to every day," El Moussa continued. "The better better part is that person is @heatherraeyoung! I'm one lucky dude!!!"

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Rich Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

Feb. 14, 2020: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Celebrate Valentine's Day in Hawaii

For Valentine's Day in 2020, El Moussa planned an island excursion in Waikiki, Hawaii, where he and Young hopped aboard a helicopter for a chock-full day of fun.

One of the stops included a trip to Kualoa Ranch, a mountainous, 4000-acre private nature reserve on the coast of Oahu where movies like Jurassic Park and 50 First Dates were filmed. Not only did the two enjoy a catered, multi-course meal at the popular tourist destination, but El Moussa shut the entire place down just for the two of them.

"I told her I was romantic! She didn't believe me until today," El Moussa playfully said in an Instagram Story, with Young happily chiming in to declare it the "best day ever."

April 2020: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Move Into Their New House

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JJ Velasquez

In April 2020, El Moussa left the first home that he bought after his divorce and went in on a home with his new love. In just one week, the couple sold his Costa Mesa home, found a new place in Newport Beach, packed up their stuff, and moved — all in the middle of a pandemic.

They were renting the beach house, and planned to live there for approximately a year until they found their "dream home," they told PEOPLE at the time.

"This is our in-between house until we build or find the perfect house," El Moussa said. "But I mean, this is a super killer house. It's nicer than the house we were living in — it's right by the water and kind of looks like a hotel."

July 22, 2020: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Celebrate Their 1-Year Anniversary

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Heather Rae Young/instagram Tarek El Moussa, Heather Rae Young

El Moussa and Young celebrated their one-year anniversary with romantic Instagram tributes dedicated to each other.

"From the first day I met you, to our first date and our second date when we decided to commit 100% before we barely even knew each other. But we knew what we had was special. We had that butterflies in your tummy, can't eat, can't stop smiling soul mate love," Young wrote.

Related: Tarek El Moussa & Heather Rae Young Reveal Their New Home Has Flooded: 'Looks Like a War Zone'

"I always knew it was out there, I knew I deserved to find it, I had given up hope that you were out there, and then there you were. It was unexpected for both of us and it was a moment that changed our lives forever," she continued in her post.

In a post of his own, El Moussa penned, "She is incredible in every way possible and most importantly she loves and adores Tay and Bray. @heatherraeyoung I just love you to the moon and back. You are my everything and you complete me. I'd be lost without you."

July 25, 2020: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Get Engaged

El Moussa proposed to Young during a boat trip to Catalina Island, California while they were celebrating their one-year anniversary. He got down on one knee in the sand at the Descanso Beach Club and asked for Young's hand in marriage.

For the proposal, El Moussa also had a neon sign that read "The Future Mrs. El Moussa" in hot pink lettering that shone down on the couple as they ate a post-proposal dinner on the beach.

El Moussa explained to PEOPLE why he decided to propose, saying, "We were sitting on the boat one day and I looked over and she had Taylor in one arm and Brayden in the other arm and all three were cuddling. That was the moment I knew I had to make her my wife and bring her into the family."

December 2020: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Talk About Marriage

Tarek El Moussa/ instagram Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa
Tarek El Moussa/ instagram Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa

El Moussa and Young opened up about marriage when the latter discussed her last name change during an episode of the Dear Media podcast Not Skinny But Not Fat.

"I'm going to be Heather Rae El Moussa. I'm going to drop my last name," she told host Amanda Hirsch. El Moussa jumped in to add that his fiancée might drop her middle name as well. "We might go Heather El Moussa, because Heather Rae El Moussa, that's what, four words?" he said.

"It might just be Heather El Moussa. We don't know yet," Young agreed, before adding, "I'm excited to be Mrs. El Moussa."

Feb. 8, 2021: Heather Rae Young Gets a Tattoo Dedicated to Tarek El Moussa

Young solidified her commitment to El Moussa with permanent ink when she debuted a tattoo honoring her husband-to-be, reading, "Yes sir, Mr. El Moussa" in cursive script.

What was supposed to be a surprise Valentine's Day gift to her love, resulted in a bit of controversy as she received mixed reviews from her Instagram followers. After deleting the post the next morning, the commenters moved the conversation to an unrelated Instagram post on El Moussa's feed.

Defending his future wife's decision, El Moussa replied to a comment saying that he loved the tattoo "so much." Young seconded his statement in another comment reply, adding, "Proud to be the future Mrs. El Moussa."

Related: Tarek and Heather Rae El Moussa Celebrate 'Extra Special' Easter with Kids — and Real Bunnies!

October 23, 2021: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Get Married

Heather Rae Young/Instagram
Heather Rae Young/Instagram

Young and El Moussa tied the knot on Oct. 23, 2021 during a ceremony celebrated with friends and family near Santa Barbara, California. Young's Selling Sunset costars were in attendance, as were the Flipping 101 host's two kids, Taylor and Brayden.

"We're best friends, we're true soulmates, and our love is so rare and so special," Young told PEOPLE exclusively. "It's the love I've always dreamed of my whole life."

El Moussa agreed, saying, "I'm just excited to live this life with her. We've got the two babies, we have a family, and we have a very bright future."

November 2021: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Appear on Selling Sunset Together

Less than a month after they tied the knot, they made their TV debut as a couple when Selling Sunset season 4 hit Netflix in November 2021.

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Heather Rae Young/ instagram

December 2021: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa celebrate their first Christmas as a family

In December, the couple started a new real estate adventure together and that same month they celebrated their first Christmas as a happy family.

January 2022: Heather Rae Young Opens Up About Having Kids With Tarek El Moussa

In January 2022, Young opened up about her fertility and egg-freezing journey on TikTok, while praising El Moussa for his continued support.

Just ahead of Thanksgiving in 2021, the couple said during a chat on E! News Daily Pop that they are currently "practicing having babies" until the time is right.

"We're going to freeze embryos first, go from there and then see what happens," said Young.

April 11, 2022: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa Get Matching Tattoos

Tarek El Moussa/Instagram
Tarek El Moussa/Instagram

On April 11, Young and El Moussa further solidified their commitment to each other with matching tattoos. The picture showed their arms side-by-side with ink that reads their wedding date in numerals and each other's initials.

June 22, 2022: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa get their own HGTV series

Young and El Moussa announced that they are going to star in their own HGTV series set to air in 2023. The 8-episode docu-series, that has a working title of The Flipping El Moussas, will be about their life together — both personal and professional.

According to HGTV, the series will showcase the couple's lives as they venture into several big moments. Not only will fans watch the El Moussas undergo a house move and a large-scale renovation, but they will also follow the couple on their emotional journey to have children of their own.

"We are so excited to bring viewers into our world to see the ins and outs of our day-to-day lives," the couple said in a press release shared with PEOPLE.

July 4, 2022: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa celebrate anniversary of when they first met

Young and El Moussa weren't just enjoying the Fourth of July this year, as the day marked another reason to celebrate. The couple revealed on Instagram that the Fourth of July marked the anniversary of the first day they met three years prior — a milestone they marked with sweet tributes in gushy Instagram posts.

"You know those moments in life that change everything? 3 years ago today I had one of those moments," Tarek wrote in his post, captioning a photo of the two holding an American flag while on a boat. "I met @heatherraeyoung while I was out boating ... [and] I remember knowing instantly that I had met the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with."

While that was just the start of the sentimental caption, Young penned her own tribute to her husband alongside candid photos of them from over the years, including a couple of sweet wedding day memories.

"Fireworks any time I'm with you ❤️," she wrote. "Today's already a celebratory day but for us, it's a little extra. Some of you might already know this but 3 years ago on this exact day I met my soulmate. 🥰🤍"

July 13, 2022: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa announce they are expecting their first baby together

On July 13, the couple exclusively revealed to PEOPLE that they were expecting their first child together. The happy news came as they were in the middle of in vitro fertilization treatments and had even scheduled a date to implant an embryo next fall.

"It was a huge shock," Heather told PEOPLE. "We just weren't expecting this. We had just gone through IVF. We had embryos on ice. We had a plan." But after the disbelief wore off, the Selling Sunset star was elated.

"I think when you least expect it and there's no stress in your life, the world just brought us what was meant to be. I'm so excited that it happened like this," she continued.

July 24, 2022: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa reveal baby gender

Through a joint-Instagram post, Young and Moussa announced their baby's gender in the sweetest way on July 24. With friends and family by their side, the couple revealed they are expecting a boy by shooting off canons filled with blue confetti.

The mom-to-be also shared various pictures and videos on her Instagram Story as well, including glimpses at the decor featured at the couple's reveal party.

August 2022: Heather Rae Young shares an ultrasound photo of her and Tarek El Moussa's baby boy

On August 9, Young shared the first look at her and El Moussa's baby on the way.

"Got my first "glimpse" of our baby boy today. This was my very first time seeing him since I found out his gender so it was so special," she wrote on Instagram next to an ultrasound photo.

"As a new mom-to-be these things give me flutters in the best way," she continued, "but it's also nerve racking because you want to make sure your baby is healthy and in the best condition possible."

September 15, 2022: Heather Rae Young celebrates 35th birthday with Tarek El Moussa

Young, who was joined by El Moussa and a slew of friends, celebrated her birthday at Craig's in Los Angeles. The Selling Sunset star showed off her growing baby bump in a sheer, black lace jumpsuit.

Following dinner, Young and El Moussa were spotted admiring her belly and kissing outside the restaurant.

El Moussa also wished his wife a happy birthday on Instagram. "There is no one in this world like you:)!" he captioned the post. "You have a heart of gold and my heart lights up every time you walk into the room. Every day with you feels like the best day and I wake up every morning feeling like the luckiest guy in the world."

October 23, 2022: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa celebrate one year of marriage

Young and El Moussa celebrated 365 days as a married couple.

In anticipation of the milestone, the Selling Sunset star posted on Instagram a few days ahead of the couple's actual wedding anniversary.

"I can't believe it's almost been a year of being husband and wife 👰🏼‍♀️🤵🏻🤍 Crazy to think about all the things that can happen in a year," Young captioned two wedding photos. "We're now married with another baby El Moussa on the way, happier and more in love than ever. I love this life with you and always tear up a little when I look back on our special day ❤️."

The following week, the Selling Sunset star revealed on Instagram that she changed her handle from @heatherraeyoung to @theheatherraeelmoussa, eliminating her maiden name. "Also peep the name change 👀 just in time for our 1 year anniversary this week ❤️," she wrote.

Days later, El Moussa posted on their true 1-year anniversary, sharing sweet photos from the wedding, including photo of Tarek feeding Heather cake and a sweet snap of the two dancing.

November 9, 2022: Tarek El Moussa teases his and Heather Rae Young's new show

El Moussa shared a "sneak peak" video of him and Young touring one of the houses they renovate on their upcoming HGTV show The Flipping El Moussas. The clip shows the pair inspecting a room, and while Young seems to disapprove of the look, saying, "I don't feel like it's gonna appeal to the masses," El Moussa argues that the home's progress is fine.

"Not bad enough to where we should be ripping things out and spending thousands of dollars," the Flip or Flop star says.

In the caption, El Moussa wrote, "We all know who the boss is… 😎 just don't tell Heather 🤣🤣 Who's ready for the 2023 premier of The Flipping El Moussas??!!"

November 12, 2022: Heather Rae Young attends her winter wonderland-themed baby shower

Young celebrated her and Tarek El Moussa's baby boy with a winter wonderland-themed baby shower at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California.

The mom-to-be was surrounded by her closest friends and family, including her stepdaughter, Taylor Reese, and her Selling Sunset co-stars Chrishell Stause, Emma Hernan and Davina Potratz.

Young told PEOPLE that she asked guests to bring a children's book inscribed with a note in place of a greeting card.

"Cards could be thrown away so easily. I wanted to start a library collection for the baby and have our closest friends and family members each write something special to our son," she explained. "So that later in life we can read his book and tell him it came from an auntie or uncle. I just felt like that was such a special way to start his library."

November 23, 2022: Heather Rae Young opens up about her relationship with Christina Hall

Young spoke with actor and casting director Eliza Roberts and Today's Jill Martin about co-parenting with El Moussa's ex-wife, Christina Hall.

"I haven't talked about this much because I'm a very happy, positive person, but I felt like I was always second," Young explained.

"No one ever made me feel that way, but I think when your significant other has such a long relationship with the previous spouse and a lot of love — and it was a very public divorce and you're coming into it. You fall in love with each other, but you always kind of think of the ex. For me, I did," she added.

The Selling Sunset star continued, admitting that the arrangement "wasn't always perfect" and said there were "some ups and downs."

"I think she realized how much I love the kids and that they are number one to me, over anything. So any drama aside, the kids are the most important thing to all of us," she said.

December 6, 2022: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young attend the People's Choice Awards

Selling Sunset was nominated for a People's Choice Award. So, the very pregnant mom-to-be and El Moussa drove up to Los Angeles from Orange County, California to attend the show with her costars.

Young wowed in a sheer David Koma dress that showed off her baby bump, while her husband looked dapper in a blue suit jacket and black pants.

"Bringing our boy onto the carpet tonight," the reality star captioned a photo of the couple on her Instagram Story.

January 31, 2023: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young welcome their first child together

The couple introduced their little one to the world with a joint Instagram post, but they didn't reveal his name or face.

"Our baby boy is here," El Moussa and Young wrote alongside an image of the infant being cradled by mom and dad. "Mama & baby are happy, healthy, tired but doing well. Our hearts are so happy ❤️."

February 27, 2023: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young share behind-the-scenes photos from the set of their new show

El Moussa and Young posted photos on Instagram from the set of their new show, The Flipping El Moussas, ahead of the show's premiere date. Tarek shared snaps of the couple in front of the camera along with a caption that expressed his excitement for the new show. "We really took our flips to the next level on the Flipping El Moussas and I can't wait for you guys to see how they turned out 🔥," he wrote in part.

Meanwhile, the Selling Sunset star posted a cute picture of her and El Moussa posing together as well as a silly shot of her holding a felt shark head up to her husband's head. "Lucky to have the best house flipping teacher in the whole flipping world 🤍😆," she wrote in the caption.

July 26, 2023: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young confirm season 2 ofThe Flipping El Moussas

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Heather Rae El Moussa Instagram

Young and El Moussa announced the second season of The Flipping El Moussas on Instagram. "Ready for round 2??!" Young captioned a photo of herself and El Moussa wearing painter's coveralls.

"The homes we’re flipping are crazier, we’re taking more risks, we’re being even more hands on with the design of each flip, we’re balancing our businesses with the kids and our newborn baby, and we’re bringing you along for the journey for ALL of the good, bad, or ugly," she added.

October 23, 2023: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young celebrate two years of marriage

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Duke Images

In honor of their second wedding anniversary, Young penned a sweet post on Instagram about her husband.

"You have stayed true to the vows that you said to me two years ago: you have loved me for all that I am, you have protected my heart and put our family first," she captioned a series of never-before-seen wedding photos. "I said it on our wedding day and I’ll say it forever: Life without you would be unimaginable. I love you more than words. Thank you for your loyalty."

El Moussa also posted about his wife, writing, "Before Heather, I really lived a different life and I know a lot of you can relate. I was honestly just sad and lonely without her. It was her who brought me back to life. It was her who taught me to love myself and others again. It was her who made me believe I deserved more. It was her who gave me hope."

February 6, 2024: Heather Rae Young praises Tarek El Moussa's book Flip Your Life

On publication day, Young praised El Moussa for being "really vulnerable" in his book, Flip Your Life.

"I’m just so proud of everything you’ve been able to accomplish," she wrote on Instagram. "This book not only teaches you about real estate but it’s also the story of Tarek’s *very* personal life that includes things like his struggles, cancers, divorce, addiction, business struggles, and more."

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