Flip or Flop’s Christina El Moussa Opens Up About Her Painful Divorce: ‘I Felt Like I Was Drowning’


 It’s been nearly two years since Christina El Moussa split from her ex-husband, Tarek, and while the Flip or Flop star is in a great place now, the split took a serious toll on her at the time  “I felt like I was drowning,” Christina, 34, says in the latest issue of PEOPLE “I was doing whatever I could to stay above water and just get through the day.”  RELATED: Flip or Flop’s Christina El Moussa to Star in New HGTV Series: ‘I’m Excited to Do My Own Thing’  In 2016, following an “unfortunate incident” where Tarek, 36, fled their home with a gun onto national-parks property, prompting a helicopter and 11 officers to respond to the scene, the pair separated, leaving the fate of their reality show and million-dollar home in limbo  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, there was no explosion and the pair continued working together while co-parenting their daughter, Taylor, 7, and son, Brayden, 2 “Somehow we managed to build something even bigger than we had before,” she says  RELATED: Christina El Moussa Lists Family Home She Shared with Ex Tarek for $3 Million  With the dust settled and the drama mostly behind them, Christina is moving into the next chapter of her life “I thought of this year like a rebuild,” she says. “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 ”  For more on Christina El Moussa, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Monday

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  • These children will be damaged by christina. She's all about herself, she doesn't care who she throws under the bus. Her family anstead family their children so her granifaction to become popular will backfire on this woman. Will always be remembered as a cheater from the other side of the tracts. Bye bye.

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