‘Christina on the Coast’: Will Tarek El Moussa Be on His Ex-Wife’s New Show?
Christina Anstead is moving on. The Flip or Flop star has a new house, a new husband, Ant Anstead, a new baby on the way, and a new TV show. Christina on the Coast follows the designer and real estate maven as she fixes up high-end homes for her Orange County clients and adjusts to her life following her split from ex-husband Tarek El Moussa. It premieres Thursday, May 23 on HGTV.
How Tarek and Christina became famous
Tarek and Christina — who got married in 2009 — built their reality TV careers from the ashes of the housing crisis. When the Great Recession hit, the pair, who both worked in real estate, found that selling homes was nearly impossible. To cope, they downsized their lives, moving into a cheap apartment and driving inexpensive cars, and came up with a new plan.
The El Moussas started a new business flipping homes. Tarek decided to send a demo tape to producers at HGTV, thinking that he and his wife had a story the network would love. It was a gamble that paid off. Their show, Flip or Flop, premiered in 2013.
While the show was a hit with audiences, the El Moussa’s marriage foundered. Tarek was diagnosed with thyroid cancer (thanks to a tip from a viewer who spotted a lump on his neck) and Christina’s experienced a difficult pregnancy with their second child. In 2016, the couple split after an incident where Christina called police to their home because she believed her husband was going to harm himself. In 2018, their divorce was finalized.
Will Tarek be on Christina’s new show?
While the couple’s marriage is over, Flip or Flop is not. The show is still airing, and the pair continue to film episodes together. Last year, HGTV renewed the show for Season 8, with new episodes to air sometime this summer. The season was filmed at the same time as episodes of Christina on the Coast, she told the New York Post in a recent interview.
Aside from the concurrent filming schedules, Tarek is still a part of Christina’s life. The two co-parent their two children, and Tarek lives just a couple of blocks away from Christina. So, will he make an appearance on Christina on the Coast? It’s not clear. Christina has said that her new series will “show a little bit more of my real life,” but whether that includes her relationship with her ex remains to be seen. But we wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop up in some capacity.
Viewers will get to know Christina’s new husband
While there’s a chance that Tarek could make an appearance on Christina on the Coast, fans will definitely get a look at Christina’s relationship with her new husband Ant, who she married in December 2018.
“I think he’s on every episode. I mean, maybe he’s not on one of them, but, yeah, he’s pretty involved,” Christina told Yahoo Entertainment.
Anstead has his own show MotorTrend Network called WheelerDealers, so he’s definitely comfortable in front of the camera.
“He’s not involved in the design process or any of that stuff, besides just helping to fix up our own house. But, yeah, he does a car show on MotorTrend network, so he’s used to being in a garage with mechanics,” Anstead explained to Yahoo. “Now, he’s with me house hunting by the beach, talking about personal stuff. But he’s really real and just nice and laid-back, so he had fun.”
Christina on the Coast premieres May 23 at 9/8c on HGTV.
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