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Tarek El Moussa and Christina El Moussa are putting their house in order.
The El Moussas, who host the popular HGTV series Flip or Flop, announced their split early Monday morning. “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,” they told People. “There was no violence and no charges were filed.”
The couple tied the knot in 2009 have two children: Taylor, 6, and Brayden, 1.
The HGTV stars’ announcement came after TMZ first reported that police had responded to “call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun” from the couple’s Orange County home in May. Eleven officers and a helicopter showed up and located Tarek, who had fled the family home with a firearm. After the helicopter spotted Tarek, police ordered him to do drop his weapon. Tarek complied and, according to TMZ, told the police he had only wanted to “blow off some steam.” Afterward, police searched the family’s home and seized five guns, including an AR-15.
The El Moussas told People they began counseling to “sort out” their relationship after the incident. The two have since decided to separate as they evaluate “the future of our marriage.”
Flip or Flop will continue as planned, according to the El Moussas. The network, however, has not commented on the show’s current status. “During the process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be,” the exes said. “We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”
E! News has reached out to the El Moussas and HGTV for further comment.
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