This Is How Tarek El Moussa Characterizes His Divorce From Christina El Moussa

Apr 2, 2018 at 2:49 p.m. ET
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While the information they had split came with a fair amount of drama, Tarek and Christina El Moussa have clearly worked hard to keep their divorce amicable and low-key. Now, just over a year after the news broke about their initial separation, we hear more about them peaceably co-parenting and filming Fixer Upper than we do about the details of their divorce. If nobody explicitly talked about it, we might not even know there was a dark side to all the proceedings.

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But Tarek, during a recent appearance on The Dr. Drew Podcast, finally opened up about what was really going on during those months, and it sounds like the entire experience was a whole lot darker than either of the El Moussas ever let on.

"Let's just be honest; it was awful," he said about the early months of 2017 when news broke that he and Christina had broken up. "I mean, there was more PR about our divorce than any divorce I think I've ever seen. I mean, it was wild — on every single magazine, on every news outlet. It was just beyond me."

He added, "I've had a lot of different struggles in my life — financial struggles, personal struggles — just a whole lot of struggles, and I feel like I'm finally in a place, like, I was so broken after everything I went through, literally broken, that I was devastated. I could barely walk, I was so broken as a person after going through all the trauma and the divorce and all these different things."

But it sounds like things have only improved since then. Since the initial news of their split, which included headlines saying police had been called to the El Moussas' home and there may have been a gun involved, things appear to have gotten better. The former couple finalized their divorce early this year, and they're focused on continuing to have a healthy work relationship.

"It was a very difficult experience, but as time went on, obviously, it got easier and easier," Tarek said. "And at the end of the day, we have a job to do. We have a family to support."

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Meanwhile, they've both shown signs of moving on after their divorce. Christina is happily in a relationship with British TV personality Ant Anstead, and Tarek just bought an amazing California bachelor pad. They have another upcoming season of Flip or Flop already announced, and things truly seem to be going OK for these two despite their past difficulties.

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