Fans of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” have surely been following the split between hosts and former spouses Christina and Tarek El Moussa.
The El Moussa couple had been renovating and reselling homes on the air since 2013 — and the two seemed to be an unstoppable force.
It was a clear indicator that things were unraveling swiftly.
Both Christina and Tarek have made major changes since their separation in December 2016, due to “irreconcilable differences.” And in a new interview with Good Housekeeping, Christina sheds some light on the details of her crumbling marriage.
At first, the fighting began at work:
“We were bickering about things [on-set], and we went home together.”
Eventually, the two lost the ability to communicate altogether:
“Because Tarek and I lost that communication, completely, and it’s so hard to get it back once it’s gone.”
Last week, Christina finally made her separation from Tarek official. She submitted her divorce documents, again citing “irreconcilable differences” as her motivation.
But her split hasn’t pinned the 34-year-old down for long.
According to People, El Moussa has found comfort in the arms of a new beau, businessman Doug Spedding. She cites fate for bringing the two together:
“I’m very spiritual, and I believe in things happening for a reason. It just felt right.”
Of course, she’s still not able to run away from real-life responsibility.
She and Tarek co-parent two young children, daughter Taylor and son Brayden, “pretty much 50-50.” Christina added that Taylor seems supportive of the split, telling her mother, “I think you and Daddy are happier apart.”
And Daddy’s prioritizing his family, too. Tarek spoke out to People, asserting that his prime concerns are his children:
“We’re getting through this by staying great friends and being the best parents possible. Divorced couples who fight their whole lives really mess up their kids. We had a talk and said, ‘We still want the kids to understand we’re a unit — that we’re still a family even if we’re not together.”
The pair will continue to work together on “Flip or Flop,” which averages 2.8 million viewers, as the program rounds out its seventh season.