Flip or Flop May Not Last Much Longer After Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s Breakup

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The HGTV couple was reportedly involved in some scary drama in May.

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Tarek and Christina El Moussa, best known for wildly popular HGTV show Flip or Flop announced their breakup Monday following reports of a suicide attempt involving a gun earlier this year. In a statement to PEOPLE, the pair said, “Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage. We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution. There was no violence and no charges were filed.” Tarek and Christina, who married seven years ago and have two young children, confirmed to PEOPLE that they are seeking counseling to “sort out” their relationship. “During the process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be. We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”

TMZ reports that 11 cops and a helicopter were called to the couple’s Orange County home in May in response to “a possibly suicidal male with a gun.” Witnesses at the time reported seeing Tarek “grab a gun from his safe, run out the back door, and flee down a hiking trail.” The same witnesses reported seeing Christina run out of the house “crying and shaking.” According to TMZ, Tarek was told to drop his weapon after being seen by the helicopter and he complied. He allegedly told authorities that he wanted to “blow off some steam” and that the gun was only on him for “mountain lions and rattlesnakes.” A total of five guns, including an AR-15 were seized when deputies returned to the couple’s home, according to TMZ.

The seventh season of Flip or Flop recently premiered on HGTV.

Update 12/12, 10:58 a.m.: HGTV has released a statement to PEOPLE regarding the couple’s split and the future of the show. “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.”

Update 12/12, 2:38 p.m.: PEOPLE reports that the Tarek and Christina’s split was partly due to their differences in how they handled the fame. One source tells the magazine that they were “wildly incompatible” and that Christina has “champagne tastes” while Tarek is a “beer-from-a-can kind of guy.” The source adds that as the show grew, Christina “started to feel like she could finally have some of the finer things in life,” a feeling Tarek did not share. Read the full report here.

Update 12/12 3:10 p.m.: In a separate report, PEOPLE quotes a source who claims that Tarek and Christina have not been living together since “at least May” and that the two have been seeing other people. Despite this claim, the source says infidelity was not the source of their split.

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