When Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead went their separate ways after 7 years of marriage, it wasn’t something the HGTV star ever thought would happen in his life.
During an appearance on “RuPaul” Thursday, the 37-year-old got candid about his past relationship with his “Flip or Flop” co-star and onetime business partner.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” El Moussa admitted to host RuPaul about the pair’s divorce, which was finalized in 2018.
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“It was kind of not something I anticipated in my life, but you know, I’ve learned a lot from it,” he continued. “I can say I’m a much better person from going through what I went through. So I wouldn’t change anything.”
El Moussa added: “It was my first marriage, so we met when we were young. I was 24, she was 22. And then the day we met, we pretty much connected right away and, you know, we built a life together.”
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Anstead, 35, and El Moussa tied the knot in 2009 before separating in 2016. The former couple — who shares 8-year-old daughter Taylor and 3-year-old son Brayden together — filed for divorce one month later.
When asked by RuPaul if he’d ever get married again, El Moussa admitted that “if someone had asked me that question a few months ago, I would have said no.” However, now he has “hope.”
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“I do have hope,” he revealed. “As more time goes on, like the more my eyes are opening to what’s out there, and I do believe there’s more for me out there, and I do believe in love like I really believe in love, so I am hopeful.”
For Christina’s part, the HGTV starlet married TV presenter Ant Anstead in a “winter wonderland” wedding last December. The couple announced in March that they are expecting their first child together.