Tarek and Christina El Moussa, the married couple at the heart of HGTV’s Flip or Flop, have separated, TMZ reports.
But HGTV says that El Moussas’ popular real estate show, in which they buy fixer-upper properties, remodel them and then sell them (hopefully at a profit), will continue as scheduled.
“We admire and appreciate Tarek and Christina’s great work on Flip or Flop,” the network said in a statement obtained by TVLine. “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. HGTV is currently airing episodes of Flip or Flop, and the series will continue production as scheduled.”
The change in the El Moussas’ marital status follows what they have called an “unfortunate misunderstanding” in May — when police were called to their California home to deal with an armed and possibly suicidal male. There, they found Christina upset and Tarek carrying a gun on a hiking trail near the house.
Tarek said the weapon he carried was to protect himself from wildlife on the trail. Law enforcement eventually took five guns from the premises.
The El Moussas tell TMC that they “will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”