Christina Haack Admits She Felt Like She Was ‘Drowning’ During Divorce From Tarek El Moussa

HGTV stars Christina Haack and Tarek El Moussa built a house flipping empire together, but their marriage did not outlast their success. Haack, now married to real estate agent Joshua Hall, revealed she felt like she was “drowning” while married to her former co-star. Here’s what we know about Haack and El Moussa’s marriage and what she said about their divorce. 

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack smile and pose together.
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Christina Haack and Tarek El Moussa got divorced while working together on ‘Flip or Flop’

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack got married in 2009 after meeting at a real estate office. They have two children together, a daughter named Taylor and a son named Brayden.

The couple flipped and designed homes together, and El Moussa sent a video of their first flip to HGTV. That audition tape launched Flip or Flop, which first aired in 2013 and ran for 10 seasons. 

Flip or Flop came to an end in March 2022, but Haack and El Moussa divorced in 2018. They continued working and filming together, despite no longer being a couple. People reported that they had an explosive argument while filming season 10 in which El Moussa compared his ex-wife to his new partner, Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young, and said he enjoyed watching Haack fail. 

El Moussa and Haack launched separate spinoff shows, Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa and Christina on the Coast, before Flip or Flop ended.

Christina Haack revealed she felt like she was ‘drowning’ while married to Tarek El Moussa

Although Christina Haack said she is in a much better place and “at peace,” she told People in July 2018 that she felt like she was “drowning” during her divorce from Tarek El Moussa. 

“I felt like I was drowning,” she shared. “I was doing whatever I could to stay above water and just get through the day.”

Haack explained that her life was so intertwined with El Moussa’s, they weren’t sure how they would keep their family and business afloat after the divorce.

“A lot of people were thinking, ‘What’s going to happen?’ Tarek and I were so tied together on everything: real estate, the show, our children, our house,” she described. “It was so stressful, and everyone was worried that it was going to explode.”

The ‘Flip or Flop’ star shared that working out helped her cope with her divorce

Christina Haack and Tarek El Moussa have both moved on and are married to new partners, and they share custody of their two children. The Christina on the Coast star shared that exercise improved her mental health and helped her get through her divorce.

“Exercise is my stress reliever,” Haack told People in March 2017. “There is nothing like a good three-mile run for me to really clear my head and get my endorphins going.”

The HGTV star said that she also enjoys practicing yoga. “My other go-to is yoga,” Haack shared. “I have the most amazing private instructor who has changed my life. Our sessions are very spiritual and have really helped me cope with my divorce and other emotions I’m going through during this time.”

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