‘Flip or Flop’s’ Tarek El Moussa Says His Divorce Was ‘Worse Than Cancer’ as Christina Moves On With Her New Boyfriend

Tarek and Christina El Moussa of Flip or Flop were once one of HGTV’s most-loved couples. But the two shockingly announced their split in 2016. Since then, Tarek El Moussa has struggled greatly with getting his personal life and mental health back to where he wants it to be. Meanwhile, Christina El Moussa has already found love in someone else.

Tarek and Christina El Moussa announced their divorce after 7 years of marriage

Flip or Flop Tarek and Christina El Moussa

Fans of Flip or Flop were sad to hear about their separation. | HGTV

The divorce between one of HGTV’s favorite couples came as a shock to the public. The announcement came a few months after police were called to the couple’s California home after Tarek El Moussa reportedly left their house with a gun. (It was supposedly a big misunderstanding.) Eight months after announcing their separation, Christina El Moussa filed for divorce and requested joint custody of their two children shortly after her ex did the same. The divorce was finalized in January 2018.

Next: Tarek El Moussa didn’t have it easy. 

Tarek El Moussa had battled cancer twice before the divorce

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His struggles with cancer have been ongoing. | Tarek El Moussa via Instagram

Tarek El Moussa had already been through a lot before his divorce was finalized. The HGTV star had successfully battled thyroid cancer, but he later revealed to People that he’d had testicular cancer as well. Two months after his thyroid cancer diagnosis, he decided to get further testing done. He went to have an ultrasound and found out he had a second cancer. A few years later, he found out his stepfather also had testicular cancer. He decided to open up about his testicular cancer battle because of the support it brought to his father.

Next: Tarek El Moussa dealt with a dependence problem, too. 

After the cancer, Tarek El Moussa injured his back and was taking pain killers daily

Tarek El Moussa and kids

The father of two has had a rough journey with his health. | Tarek El Moussa via Instagram

About four months after his cancer treatments had finally ended, he injured his back and had to take pain medication. He was taking Vicodin daily, and it was greatly affecting his day-to-day life. He said his hormones were off, he was taking narcotics every day, and attempting to film all the while. “It was a horrifying experience,” he said in an interview with Radar Online. Plus, he was dealing with his separation from Christina El Moussa. He referred to it as the darkest time in his life.

Next: The depression from the divorce and illness got the best of him. 

Tarek El Moussa said the depression from the divorce and being sick was even worse than the cancer

Tarek El Moussa

The aftermath of a disease can be just as difficult as getting through it. | Tarek El Moussa

Tarek El Moussa said in an interview with Dr. Drew Pinsky that the depression and physical fallout that he suffered from all of the happenings in his life was worse than taking on the cancer itself. He said he believes the depression was a medical interaction and not just a mental funk. The doctors had him taking steroid hormone treatments after the cancer. The excess testosterone made him act manic and angry, and he was not himself at all anymore. He said the depression lasted for about four years.

Next: One year after the split, both Tarek and Christina El Moussa posted about it on social media. 

Both Tarek and Christina El Moussa posted powerful quotes on social media a year after announcing their split

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They shared with the world how they’re moving on. | HGTV

A year after the couple announced their split, both of them posted on social media in reference to everything they had gone through during the year. Tarek El Moussa posted a quote about building life on the foundation of rock bottom. Christina El Moussa’s quote was from David Crosby and explained that we can’t choose what happens to us, but pain changes our lives. However, Christina El Moussa seemed to move on from her divorce fairly quickly compared to her ex-husband.

Next: Christina El Moussa moved on from the break up quickly. 

Christina El Moussa began dating someone new soon after the split

Christina El Moussa and Ant Anstead

She’s been spending a lot of time with her new man. | Christina El Moussa via Instagram

In fall 2017, Christina El Moussa began dating British TV presenter Ant Anstead. Within two months of dating, Anstead had already met the designer and real estate agent’s kids. The couple spent New Year’s Eve together, and she posted on social media that she was excited for a year full of new beginnings.

Next: Christina El Moussa was quick to spend vacation time with her new man. 

She’s already taken exotic vacations with her new boyfriend

Christina El Moussa and Ant Anstead

They’ve been traveling a lot. | Christina El Moussa via Instagram

In March 2018, the couple took a trip to Europe together. Anstead posted on social media that he gave his new girlfriend a tour of his hometown in the United Kingdom in his racecar. Christina El Moussa posted the same picture on her Instagram account, and it looked like the couple was enjoying each other’s company. There was no word on whether the kids were staying with their father while their mother was on her trip.

Next: Tarek El Moussa said his struggle ultimately lead to this. 

Tarek El Moussa said that his struggle ultimately lead to happiness

Tarek El Moussa new show The Pick-Me-Up Project

He’s finally in a good place. | Tarek El Moussa via Instagram

The Today Show reported that the HGTV star said he’s currently the best person he’s ever been. He explained in his interview with Dr. Pinsky that he’s the happiest he’s ever felt because he was able to come back from that dark place he fell into between his illness and divorce. Although there’s no word on his dating life, he recently premiered a new show on social media, The Pick Me Up Project, which can be watched on YouTube and Facebook.

Next: Christina seems head-over-heels with her new man.

Her Instagram post about their New Year’s date made her seem head-over-heels

Christina El Moussa and Anthony Anstead | Christina El Moussa via Instagram

Christina has never looked happier in this Instagram photo of her and Ant riding bicycles. She posted it on New Year’s Day, with the caption congratulating her beau for the airing of his new show in the U.K.

The day before that, Christina posted another quote on Instagram alluding to her blossoming romance. The quote said, “It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” And it certainly seems like the magic is still there.

Next: Christina feels comfortable enough with him to do this early on. 

Ant met Christina’s children early on in their relationship

Christina El Moussa and her children | Christina El Moussa via Instagram

It seems things are moving at a quick pace for the happy couple. In mid-March, Christina and Ant were spotted taking her kids to church — and that was just two month after her divorce was finalized, Daily Mail Online reports.

Ant was seen carrying her 2-year-old son, Brayden, while Christina walked with her 7-year-old daughter, Taylor Reese. The kids looked totally comfortable with their mom’s new boyfriend. And we’re betting she’s met Ant’s kids, too.

Next: Ant is already taking Christina to unbelievable getaways.

Ant took Christina to London to visit his family for an amazing vacation

Christina El Moussa and Anthony Anstead | Christina El Moussa via Instagram

Christina’s getting to know Ant’s family, too. In late March, Page Six reports the couple were spotted in London, where Ant was showing her his neck of the woods. One source added that she was there to meet Ant’s family, as well.

People reports they toured all over the British city, stopping at Buckingham Palace and the gardens nearby — and then indulging with pizza and sparkling wine. It appears the two have never been happier.

Next: The couple took a trip that really blew our minds. 

Christina says this safari trip in South Africa completed 1 of her bucket list goals

Christina El Moussa and Anthony Anstead in South Africa | Christina El Moussa via Instagram

London looked amazing — but so did the couple’s lavish journey to South Africa. After her trip to England, Bravo TV reports the two went to South Africa to visit the Ulusuba Private Game Reserve. Here, Christina got up close and personal with the wildlife. She shared photos and videos on Instagram of the elephants she saw, saying the experience was a check off the bucket list and “the best trip ever.”

Next: What’s the next step for Christina?

Will Flip or Flop live on, despite the divorce?

Tarek and Christina El Moussa

The show is still filming new episodes. | HGTV

While Christina and Ant are getting cozy, the question remains: Will Flip or Flop survive? It seems so. There are 15 new episodes fans can look forward to, starting May 31.

Daily Mail Online reports in early April, Tarek and Christina were seen on set. The two are putting aside their differences for the good of the production, despite the dramatic gun incident that prompted a police visit in late 2016 prior to the divorce.

Next: Here’s what insiders thought of Christina and Tarek’s relationship.

Insiders say Christina and Tarek were never meant to last

Christina and Tarek El Moussa

Christina and Tarek El Moussa | HGTV

Was Christina and Tarek’s marriage doomed from the start? Some seem to think so. One insider told People that the two appeared to be “wildly incompatible,” even in the early years of their romance. While Tarek is more laid-back, the source said Christina has “Champagne tastes” and appreciates the finer things in life.

The couple seemed to work well together before the fame. But once Christina could afford more luxuries, their differences were all too apparent. “He just couldn’t or didn’t want to keep up,” the source said about Tarek.

Next: Christina and Ant’s future looks bright to us. 

Will Christina marry Ant?

Christina El Moussa and Anthony Anstead | Christina El Moussa via Instagram

With their lavish vacations and cute online posts, it appears Ant is exactly the type of man Christina is after. And from the looks of it, we wouldn’t be too surprised if wedding bells are in the future. An insider told Life & Style that they’re already discussing marriage and would love to walk down the aisle together.

As for what Tarek thinks, it seems he’s happy for his ex-wife. “Tarek has given them his seal of approval,” the insider commented.

Additional reporting by Lauren Weiler.

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