Inside Christina Hall’s toxic history with ex Tarek El Moussa before sideline spat

They and their current spouses had a tense shouting match at their son’s soccer match over the weekend.

But the conflict between Christina Hall (née Haack) and her ex-husband Tarek El Moussa has been ongoing for years, and the former couple don’t appear to have yet resolved their issues.

The couple, who were married from 2009 until finalizing their divorce in 2018, have feuded on-and off since a chilling 2016 incident involving Tarek and a handgun.


A pattern: Christina Hall, 38, and her ex-husband Tarek El Moussa, 40, have had numerous clashes and spats going back to the last days of their marriage; seen in 2017 in Pasadena

In May of 2016, just seven months before they would announce their split, police were called to the couple’s home to investigate a ‘possibly suicidal male with a gun,’ law enforcement officials said.

On the afternoon of May 23, eleven officers arrived Chino Hills State Park Main Ridge Trail in search of Tarek.

While in pursuit, police found a man working at a house next to Tarek and Christina’s who said he saw Tarek ‘run out of his back door’ and ‘jump over his back fence,’ according to People.


The witness claimed that he saw Christina running outside to the home while crying, and she told the man that her husband ‘took a handgun, put it in his backpack and ran outside,’ which spurred her on to call the police.

That detail apparently wasn’t part of the initial 911 call, and officers requested an additional helicopter patrol of the area once they learned that Tarek allegedly had a gun with him. 

The helicopter pilot swiftly located the Flip Or Flop host, and police said that he was ‘compliant and cooperated with deputies’ as he headed their commands to head back to his home.

Scary: In May 2016, Tarek stormed out of their house while carrying a handgun. Christina called the police, and a neighbor said he saw Tarek run into a forest; seen in 2016 in NYC

Safe: Police found Tarek, who claimed he never intended to harm himself, though he agreed to turn over five guns for 30 days

Christina’s makeup artist Shannon Rhodes was in their home at the time Tarek stormed out, and she claimed to police that she saw him saw remove a gun from a safe before stuffing it in his backpack and rushing out.

She said he ‘seemed upset’ as he walked out, and he refused to answer her when she tried to get his attention, though she stressed that he neither threatened her nor said anything to indicate that he planned to harm himself.

Christina confirmed as much to the police, and Tarek also told the officers that he didn’t intend to hurt himself. 

He claimed he had stormed out of the house because he merely wanted to ‘blow off some steam,’ and that he brought along the handgun in case he should run into a mountain lion or a rattlesnake. 

After he was returned home, the reality star agreed to turn over his five firearms to the police for 30 days.

The exes referenced the incident later in December 2016 in a statement announcing their separation. 

‘Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,’ the said. ‘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.’

They noted that they had tried counseling to work out their differences, but the couple — who share daughter Taylor, 11, and son Brayden, six — opted to go their separate ways. 

Medical issues: Tarek, who shares Taylor, 11, and Brayden, six, with Christina, later claimed that he took testosterone injections late in their marriage which made things tense with his wife

The scary incident seems to be a major incitement of their divorce, but Tarek later claimed that he suffered a hormone imbalance that made things tense between the couple.

While speaking on the Dr. Drew Podcast, he said that he had begun taking testosterone injections after his thyroid and testicular cancer treatments.

‘I thought it was from my testicular cancer so I went to this botox doctor and hormone clinic that my ex said to go check out. Next thing I know I’m shoving a needle on my a** and taking steroids, it was testosterone. It was awful,’ he recalled. ‘I was on way too much testosterone, on top of that taking human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) injections every day because I was told to.’

After the separation, he stopped taking the hormones.

A miscarriage that Christina suffered late in their marriage also caused tension. After Tarek’s diagnosis with testicular cancer, the two wanted to have another child, so they resort to IVF treatments.

The first two were unsuccessful, and Christina suffered a miscarriage at eight weeks the second time. 

Family tragedy: Christina also suffered a miscarriage after trying IVF in the wake of Tarek’s testicular cancer diagnosis

Following the divorce, the two resumed filming Flip Or Flop despite being exes, but they weren’t able to hold back the ugly tensions between the two.

In July 2021, tensions reached a fevered pitch when Tarek lashed out and called Christina ‘crazy,’ while boasting that he was ‘winning’ in their post-divorce life, according to TMZ. 

During the tirade, he allegedly shouted at his ex that his new wife Heather Rae young was ‘richer and hotter’ than she was. 

A source who witnessed the blow added that Tarek called Christina a ‘washed-up loser,’ while bragging that he ‘made’ her and the he ‘enjoyed’ watching her ‘fail.’

 ‘Look at me, look at me, look at me. It’s called winning. The world knows you’re crazy!’ he allegedly shouted on set.

The source claimed that Tarek became incensed after Christina told him that the rest of the crew was ready to begin filming again. 

Cruel: Tarek, who later married Heather Rae Young, lashed out at Christina onset in July. He said his wife was ‘richer and hotter’ than she was

Smoking toad and finding love: It was later reported that he was angry that Christina admitted to smoking hallucinogenic toad venom before meeting future husband Josh Hall

But that wasn’t the end of tensions between the exes, and Tarek was later reportedly furious after Christina revealed that she had smoked hallucinogenic Bufo toad venom, which can create a ‘warm sensation, euphoria, and strong visual and auditory hallucinations.’

Tarek was later reported to be ‘remorseful’ over the blowup, but his on-set tirade came up again on the most recent Selling Sunset reunion, which featured his wife Heather.

Queer Eye star Tan France, who hosted the reunion, asked her, ‘Did [Tarek] really call you a hotter, richer version of his ex-wife?’

She replied, ‘I mean…’ before asking her co-stars, ‘Well I mean…can you girls attest to anything?’ 

Chrishell Stause spoke up: ‘I think we all are trying to be supportive of women in general.’ 

Back in the news: Heather was asked about the blowup on the most recent Selling Sunset reunion by host Tan France

On Saturday, Tarek and Heather were involved in a bitter shouting match with Christina and her new husband Josh Hall while at son Brayden’s soccer match.

Photos obtained exclusively by showed Tarek having to pull Heather away by her arm after she appeared to be arguing with Christina, who was sitting on a folding chair under a portable awning with her husband.

The disagreement didn’t end, though. Although the couples kept their distance after that, tensions flared up again later in the game when Tarek and Josh appeared to be arguing with their faces only inches apart.

Later, a rep for Christina said the couples had ‘resolved’ their issues.  

‘A personal matter was discussed and has since been resolved. We are focused on coparenting as a team moving forward,’ they told Us Weekly.

They appeared to have put their differences aside after Brayden suffered a medical emergency just hours after the game.

Bickering exes: On Saturday, Heather was pictured having an argument with Christina before Tarek pulled her away by her arm. Later, he was seen arguing with her husband Josh

Christina was forced to rush her son to the hospital, where he had to have his appendix removed, along with Meckel’s diverticulum, which is a congenital defect of the small intestine.

On Tuesday, the Christina On The Coast star posted an update on her son’s condition while calling the medical emergency ‘a wake up call.’

‘Stressful 24 hours but a good reminder how important team work / co-parenting is,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘We are all under pressure but when it really matters we were all there for Brayden doing our part.’

The health scare comes as Christina is fighting a custody battle with her second husband, British TV presenter Ant Anstead, whom she was married to from 2018 to 2021.

The two share two-year-old Hudson Anstead. Ant was denied in his request for full custody after he called his ex an unfit mother in court filings and claimed that she compromised Hudson’s safety.

Christina’s legal team have called her ex’s claims ‘false allegations.’

Health scare: The spat came just hours before Christina rushed Brayden to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy and removal of Meckel’s diverticulum

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