The HGTV stars’ announcement came after TMZ first reported that police had responded to “Call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun” from the couple’s Orange County home in May. Eleven officers and a helicopter showed up and located Tarek, who had fled the family home with a firearm.
After the helicopter spotted Tarek, police ordered him to do drop his weapon.
Tarek complied and, according to TMZ, told the police he had only wanted to “Blow off some steam.” Afterward, police searched the family’s home and seized five guns, including an AR-15.
The El Moussas told People they began counseling to “Sort out” their relationship after the incident.
The two have since decided to separate as they evaluate “The future of our marriage.”
Flip or Flop will continue as planned, according to the El Moussas.
“We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”
E! News has reached out to the El Moussas further comment.
In a statement, HGTV tells E! News, “We admire and appreciate Tarek and Christina’s great work on Flip or Flop. When it comes to matters related to their own family, we respect their privacy and honor any decision that works best for them and their children. HGTV is currently airing episodes of Flip or Flop and the series will continue production as scheduled.”