According to TMZ, police responded to a call at the El Moussas' Orange County, Calif. home in May 2016 with a "massive presence," including a helicopter and 11 deputies. Witnesses claimed Tarek took a gun from a safe and fled through the back door of the house and then down a hiking trail. Christina also reportedly left the house sobbing. The police soon located Tarek and ordered him to drop his weapon. Tarek complied with the officers' orders, insisting he didn't intend to hurt himself and just wanted to hunt rattlesnakes and mountain lions to "blow off some steam." Police seized five guns from the couple's home, reported TMZ.
The Daily Mail reported that a week before the incident, Tarek was spotted at shooting practice. In fact, this video of Tarek was originally posted to his Instagram account but has since been deleted.
After the incident, the El Moussas told People, "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."
A source told People that Christina and Tarek are fundamentally different. "In a lot of ways they just seemed wildly incompatible," the source said. "She has champagne tastes, and he's a beer-from-a-can kind of guy…that was okay for a while, when all they could afford was canned beer…But the stardom from the show, and the money from the show, meant that she started to feel like she could finally have some of the finer things in life." After hitting it big, the source alleged Tarek grew uncomfortable with Christina's spending and lavish lifestyle. "He just couldn't or didn't want to keep up," the insider claimed.
Tarek and Christina were both figureheads for a real estate seminar on flipping houses, but that didn't go over well with all attendees, which may have produced stress that manifested as marital strife.
In Touch reported that customers in Ohio and Iowa requested their respective Attorney General's Offices investigate the El Moussas' "Success Path" program. One Iowa resident, Laura Ingersoll, claimed the seminar "suckered her" out of more than $41,000. The Attorney General's office reportedly helped Ingersoll recoup all but $3,000 of her losses. "Our Consumer Protection Division contacted Shane Andrus with Premier Mentoring after the consumer filed a complaint," a spokesperson for the Iowa Attorney General's office said. "After reviewing the company's contract with the consumer, we informed Mr. Andrus that it was our position that the contract did not comply with the Iowa Door-to-Door Sales Act. The company agreed to issue a refund to the consumer."
Not everyone has been successful in their endeavors to recover cash. One angry customer in Florida claimed she paid $80,000 for courses and remains $90,000 in debt.
An insider told Hollywood Life the couple has so many financial dealings and entanglements together that a breakup won't be easy in terms of dividing up their assets. A source claimed, "They own multiple properties, luxury cars including a Bentley and an Escalade, tons of cash and lots of other big-ticket items too. She is currently living with their kids in their massive $3 million dollar home in Yorba Linda, Calif. and Tarek's presence in the house has been replaced by a team of nannies. Their plan for now is to continue to co-mingle their financial lives until they can figure out an amicable dissolution of assets." TMZ reported they also have a yacht together.
Additionally, the stars still have their show together and a book, Flipping Your Life, hitting shelves in March 2017 that they'll need to promote. They told People, "We plan to continue our professional life together by being professional, by doing our jobs well, by being prepared and by working hard."