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HGTV Stars Split After 'Unfortunate' Incident With Gun

Tarek and Christina El Moussa have separated
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2016 10:01 AM CST

(Newser) – The show will apparently go on, but the marriage won't: Tarek and Christina El Moussa of HGTV's Flip or Flop have separated after seven years of marriage, reports People. Trouble in the marriage first surfaced in May when police responded to a call about "a possibly suicidal male with a gun" at their Orange County, Calif., home. According to police and witnesses, Tarek took off down a hiking trail with a gun, though he surrendered without issue, telling authorities he only planned to use the gun against mountain lions and rattlesnakes, reports TMZ.

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In a statement, the couple describes the incident as an "unfortunate misunderstanding" after which they sought counseling, noting "there was no violence and no charges were filed." At the time, authorities seized five guns from the home. The couple says they've now decided to separate while reconsidering their marriage. However, "(we) plan to continue our professional life together," they add. (Flip or Flop once saved Tarek's life.)

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