Update August 22, 2017, 9 a.m. PT: Shortly after Christina El Moussa officially filed for divorce from her husband, Tarek El Moussa, Entertainment Tonight caught up with the HGTV star at his son’s birthday party to ask him about his thoughts on the matter. Tarek began by commenting on Christina’s noticeable absence from their son’s party. “Unfortunately today, [Christina]’s not going to be here. We’ve been going through our situation and I felt like today — it might be better if we just stay separated.”
He went on to comment further about where he is mentally and emotionally as the divorce proceedings officially get underway. “It’s part of the process,” he noted. “Eventually we’re going to get divorced, continue to work together [on Flip or Flop], co-parent, live great lives.”
His final comments on that matter were perhaps the most heartbreaking. “The hardest part, it’s tough to answer. Obviously when you separate your entire life changes, so I think the hardest part is adjusting to a completely new life. It’s a totally different life than I used to live.”
Six months after ex Tarek filed, Christina El Moussa has finally (and officially) submitted divorce documents. Although the former couple still co-hosts HGTV’s hit series Flip or Flop, their personal lives have remained largely separate since their split last year. So, now that a bit of time has passed, how did Christina respond to Tarek’s request for spousal support?
Well, let’s just say she’s playing this one tit for tat.
In court documents obtained by People, Christina cites a classic reason for the couple’s demise: “irreconcilable differences.” As for Tarek’s request for spousal support, Christina asked that the court terminate his request — while she requested spousal support from him.
The property flipper also asked that Tarek be held responsible for all legal costs incurred as part of the divorce proceedings.
She is furthermore seeking joint legal and physical custody of their 6-year-old daughter Taylor and nearly 2-year-old son Brayden. In an interview earlier in the year with People, Tarek revealed he and Christina are already sharing custody “pretty much 50-50.”
Although Tarek mostly keeps his dating life on the DL, Christina has since seemingly moved on. Most recently, she’s been linked romantically to businessman Doug Spedding, whose own children are close in age to Christina and Tarek’s.
And while the HGTV co-hosts’ split hasn’t been without drama, they’re doing a pretty great job of keeping things copacetic for their kids.
“We’re getting through this by staying great friends and being the best parents possible. Divorced couples who fight their whole lives really mess up their kids,” Tarek said. “We had a talk and said, ‘We still want the kids to understand we’re a unit — that we’re still a family even if we’re not together.'”