Flip or Flop’s Christina El Moussa on coping with her painful divorce: "I felt like I was drowning"

Christina El Moussa talks about life after divorce and how the split from her ex-husband caused her a lot of pain.


                            Flip or Flop’s Christina El Moussa on coping with her painful divorce: "I felt like I was drowning"

Two years ago, Flip or Flop’s Christina El Moussa got a divorce from her then-husband, Tarek El Moussa and even though she is in love once more, things were not that easy at the time of their split. In an interview with People, the reality star opened up about how hard life had been at that time. “I felt like I was drowning,” she said. “I was doing whatever I could to stay above water and just get through the day.”

She said the divorce with Tarek El Moussa made her feel like she was drowning  (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Lakewood Center)
She said the divorce with Tarek El Moussa made her feel like she was drowning  (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Lakewood Center)

In 2016, the couple had an “unfortunate incident”  where Tarek fled from their home with a gun onto the national-parks property. This prompted a helicopter and 11 officers to respond to the scene. However, at that time, the pair said in a statement that “like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage.” The pair said that the incident occurred because of a misunderstanding. 

“We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution,” the statement continued. “There was no violence and no charges were filed.” The pair soon filed for divorce but fans were all wondering what was next for them as they had everything on stage, right from property to their reality shows. 


In the aftermath, “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. It was so stressful, and everyone was worried that it was going to explode.” Despite the drama, the pair found a way to work things out and put their daughter, Taylor, 7, and son, Brayden, 2 as their top priority. 

“Somehow we managed to build something even bigger than we had before,” she said. Now, Christina is ready to move on and focus on the next chapter of her life. I thought of this year like a rebuild,” she said. “So I’m starting from scratch. I’m moving, I have a new TV show, a new boyfriend—there’s a lot of projects going on. I’m just so happy, and for the first time in a long time, I feel at peace, which is such a good feeling.”

Christina is currently dating Anthony ‘Ant’ Anstead and in another interview with People, she confessed she thought of him to be of marriage material. “I can see myself getting married to him,” she said.  “He’s so down-to-earth, and we have so much in common. We basically do the same thing, so he gets what my world is like, and he’s just rolled with the punches and handled everything so well.”

The pair was introduced to each other through a mutual friend and they happened to connect when Christina thought she would not be dating anyone. Luckily for her, the stars were aligned to work in their favor.