HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa have undoubtedly had a messy (and very public) divorce, but that hasn’t stopped Tarek from sharing the details of his healing– and now, the details of what led to their divorce in the first place.
Tarek has shared several posts on his Instagram about his journey of healing following his split from Christina, including buying a new “bachelor pad” and making his new beginnings. Now, he’s sharing some details about what actually led to him and Christina’s divorce, and it’s kind of heartbreaking.
Tarek made an appearance on Dr. Drew’s podcast where he discussed his medical issues and how they contributed negatively to his relationship with Christina, and it all started on the day he found out he had both thyroid and prostate cancer.
Prior to his diagnosis, Tarek said he and Christina were already having some marital issues due to their hit show “Flip or Flop” rising in popularity. “There was just so much going on with TV and the notoriety and the finances, it just kind of slowly pulled us apart.”
Once he was diagnosed, things took a turn for the worse. As a result of his diagnosis, Tarek began taking testosterone injections which caused a major hormonal imbalance.
“My hormonal levels were off and I wasn’t feeling really well a lot of the time,” Tarek said in the interview. “I just wasn’t being the best person I could have been.”
He says looking back, attending a hormone clinic was the “worst thing” he could’ve done. “Next thing I know I’m shoving a needle in my ass and I’m taking steroids,” he said. “I was completely on way too much testosterone.”
Christina and Tarek separated in 2016.
“I would find myself just sitting alone and just being depressed,” he said. “It’s because of all the s–t that was being pumped into my body just turned me into someone that wasn’t me.”
Now, Tarek is set on being the best version of himself.
“It took losing everything I had to figure out what was wrong,” he said. “I did lose everything. I not only lost my wife and my marriage and (the health issues are) not the only reason, but it is a big contributing factor.”
You can listen to Tarek’s full interview with Dr. Drew here.