Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s perfect marriage has fallen apart! The Flip or Flop stars officially broke up following a domestic disturbance involving a suicide attempt. Is their marriage over for good?
TMZ is reporting that police were called to the pair’s home in Orange County back in May. According to reports, deputies received “a call of a suicidal man with a gun” and responded in full force, including 11 police officers and a helicopter.
Tarek allegedly took a gun from the home and fled out the back onto a hiking trail. Christina was later spotted fleeing from the house, visibly shaken. The helicopter tracked Tarek down the trail and authorities eventually forced him to give up the firearm.
The reality star claims that he didn’t have any bad intentions and only wanted to “blow off some steam.” He says that he brought the gun along in case he ran into any snakes or mountain lions. In total, the police seized five firearms at the home, including an assault rifle.
The couple has since broken up and are living separate lives until they figure out their future together. As far as the domestic disturbance is concerned, they claim it was “an unfortunate misunderstanding.” They also agreed to co-parent during the separation and “will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”
That being said, Radar Online revealed that Tarek has a history with problematic relationships. Back in 2003, the Flip or Flop star initiated a restraining order against a girlfriend, claiming he had lived through years of torture and fear.
“I work full time and go to school at the university full time,” he stated in court records. “I am in bed by 11 and on-and-off for three years, I get calls in the middle of the night that wake me up. Sometimes she doesn’t say anything and her friends laugh in the background. Other times she will say, ‘I love you. I miss you. Why do you hate me? Can’t we be together?”
Tarek continued, “When I’m not getting these calls, she has guys call me saying their [sic] going to f**k me up, key my car, jump me, shoot me, etc. She tells people awful things about me that aren’t true that threaten my reputation as a real estate agent.”
Tarek explained that his problems started after he ended the relationship in high school. Unfortunately, his ex-girlfriend refused to let up.
“Its [sic] hard with such a busy schedule to deal with taunting calls at one, two, three times in the morning,” he finished. “I feel physically threatened by her and the guys she associates with.”
The restraining order was eventually lifted after the court decided not to make it permanent. Tarek went on to marry Christina, and the couple has two kids – Taylor (6) and Brayden (1).
To make matters worse, an inside source told In Touch Weekly that Tarek and Christina’s real estate seminar, “Success Path,” is nothing but a scam. Kathryne Brockfield claims that she dished out $1,997 for the courses and demanded a refund once she realized the seminar wasn’t meeting her needs.
Unfortunately, Brockfield never got her money back and filed a case with the Ohio Attorney General. In Iowa, Lori Ingersoll gave the couple some $41,297 and was able to recover the majority of her investment after the Attorney General got involved.
“Our Consumer Protection Division contacted Shane Andrus with Premier Mentoring after the consumer filed a complaint,” a spokesman revealed. “After reviewing the company’s contract with the consumer, we informed Mr. Andrus that it was our position that the contract did not comply with the Iowa Door-to-Door Sales Act. The company agreed to issue a refund to the consumer.”
The former couple released a statement exclusively to People.
“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.”
As for HGTV, they are choosing to stand by their stars, while giving them their space to resolve their issues.
“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,” the HGTV statement said. “HGTV is currently airing episodes of Flip or Flop and the series will continue production as scheduled.”
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