The 30 Most FASCINATING Untold Secrets Of HGTV's Flip Or Flop!
By Patricia Tena
eventMay 10, 2017
Flip or Flop is one of HGTV's more popular shows. With loveable characters like Tarek and Christina, it's easy to get roped into the ideas the two of them are selling. However, things aren't exactly what they seem once the cameras stop rolling, the crew goes home, and Tarek and Christina are left to figure out how to uphold their wholesome image. Find out exactly what it's like to live a day in their shoes, and you'll realize there's no such thing as a picture-perfect life.NEXT »
They Have Never Flopped
While the name of the show implies that the couple's real estate purchases sometimes result in a "flop," Tarek reveals that they hadn't lost a flip yet - although he was close a few times when he was new to the career, which he described as "very scary." Tarek and Christina are supposed to be experts in both flipping and flopping, but it seems as though they don't have accurate advice to offer people if their investment does, indeed flop.
They Are Constantly Flipping
While we only receive a glimpse into Tarek and Christina's busy lives, this isn't just a hobby of theirs. The couple flips houses on a full-time basis and often flip many houses at once! It's a wonder how these two have time to film the show while pursuing their personal careers as well as maintaining a personal life. Their headstrong personalities wound up getting the best of them.
They Filed For Divorce
Unfortunately, Tarek and Christina El Moussa have decided to call it quits - Tarek filed for divorce in January 2017 after a secret separation period. Christina spoke out about what caused the divorce, and she said they were under an incredible amount of stress and they no longer communicated. They even took separate cars when traveling to the set.
There Was An Altercation At Home
In 2016, the police were sent out to the El Moussa home to deal with a dispute between the couple, which involved a suicidal Tarek running from the house with a gun. Christina admits she caused a lot of the issues with returning to work too quickly after having their second child. The couple also forgot how to communicate with one another, which caused a lot of tension between the two of them.
Christina Is Appalled By Tarek's New Life
According to sources close to Christina, Tarek is not the man Christina fell in love with. He allegedly shouted about women he dated or slept with to make Christina mad or upset. According to Christina, Tarek spends his money wildly with no concern of saving for their kid's futures. There are rumors that he blows money just to impress people.
Tarek Dated The Nanny
It was reported that during one of his many stays at his bachelor pad in Newport Beach, Tarek met a woman named Alyssa Logan. He hired her as his nanny to get close to her, and then once he was close enough, he fired her so he could date her. He even bought her a brand new Jeep! When things didn't work out, Tarek moved on to one of Alyssa's friends.
Christina Had A Revenge Body Photoshoot
Christina wants Tarek to eat his heart out, and boy will he ever! Christina recently posed for a bikini photo shoot with her daughter where the two of them wore similar bathing suits. The photos are adorable, but Tarek didn't think so! He went ahead and got a revenge body of his own to rub his estranged wife's face in it. However, it's his single-boy antics that drove her to do this.
Christina Hated Getting Divorced
Christina said that the stress of the divorce left her nauseated on a daily basis. Knowing Tarek was dating people before the divorce was finalized, living this lavish lifestyle that wasn't for him, and spending countless days and nights at his bachelor pad, Christina didn't know which way to turn. Her main focus was her children and nothing else.
Tarek And Christina Are Being Sued
Tarek and Christina are being sued! They allegedly hired someone to find homes for them to flip, but he claims the reality television stars haven't paid him a dime. They are apparently more than $30,000 in debt with the man, and he is suing them for stiffing him on five homes located in North Carolina. He says the couple's company hired him last year to lock potential flip-worthy homes.
They Kept Their Separation A Secret
Although the couple did a good job of hiding it, Tarek and Christina revealed in December 2016 that they had been separated for quite some time, and even started seeing other people. They didn't want their divorce to be public in fear that their split would affect the show's ratings. However, they still act like a family for the sake of the children.
Tarek Humiliated Christina On Set
Apparently, things got a bit heated in the weeks leading up to the couple's divorce announcement. According to sources, Tarek would "humiliate" Christina in front of the crew. He would often make fun of Christina and downplay her intelligence in front of crew members, which often made her feel self-conscious. Today, things are much better between them.
Tarek Loves The Thrill
Tarek once told Real Estate Wealth Magazine in a 2014 interview, "I enjoy the chase of the properties, the rush you get when you find them, the design and transformation, and the profit at the end." It sounds like Tarek likes to live life in the fast lane, which may be a reason for his marriage failing.
They're Part Of "The Crew"
Christina and Tarek have faces for Hollywood, so it only makes sense that they are in the rest of the HGTV crew. The two have been guest judges on Brother Vs. Brother with HGTV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott. They have all been out together and are allegedly great friends, too. We wonder which side the brothers will take with the upcoming divorce.
They Had To Downsize
Flip or Flop stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa didn't always lead a successful cushy life. Their real estate business took a hit during the housing market crash in 2008, forcing them to move out of their house with a $6,000 mortgage to a $700/month apartment with a roommate. Although they appeared to have a perfect life, they felt the pinch just like everyone else.
HGTV Admired Their Struggle
In 2013, Christina revealed that their poverty was a huge reason HGTV chose her and her husband as the show's hosts. "They liked the fact that we were poor and were trying to make something of ourselves," she explained. This was the idea behind the American dream -- people who start from nothing and make a name for themselves, which is exactly the theme HGTV was going for.
The Show Saved Tarek's Life
Believe it or not, Tarek has one of the show's viewers to thank for his life-saving thyroid cancer diagnosis. When a registered nurse named Ryan Reade spotted a lump on Tarek's neck, she contacted the Flip or Flop producers to tell him to have it checked out. He's now in remission and doing well! Although a lot of stress came from the show, it is the main reason he is alive and well.
They Managed Their Money Well
Tarek and Christina reportedly earn $10,000 per episode, and the couple now has an estimated net worth of $4 million! However, they revealed that they only use the profits they make from their previous investments to purchase new real estate - never the show money. It's uncertain why they took this approach, but it could be because they want to prove they made their money on their own, and not because of the show's success.
The Auctions Are Real
Although some viewers are under the impression that the real estate auctions on the show are staged, that couldn't be further from the truth! Since they do sometimes get outbid, the show focuses only on the houses they actually get, which makes it seem as though the auctions are staged. If they showed each time they were outbid, there would be no series!
They Signed A Book Deal
Even though the couple is currently dealing with their own drama, they still found a way to take their story to paper. They're currently working on a book called "Flip Your Life," due to be released in April 2017! The book will teach people looking to start a careering in flipping homes the best practices to do so. It will remind readers not to get discouraged if they encounter a flop.
Their Car Was Stolen While Filming
During the filming of a Flip or Flop episode, Christina made the mistake of leaving her purse on the front porch of the house - which led to a stranger stealing her car keys and driving off with their SUV. The incident was caught on film by the reality TV camera crew, and the vehicle was recovered by police shortly after the theft occurred. The couple then sold the car to one of their employees/
Their Seminars Caused Controversy
In 2015, the Flip or Flop couple found themselves under fire when fans complained that their Success Path real estate seminars were a scam since neither of the hosts made an appearance, and they were pressured into buying expensive real estate courses. If they are going to lend their names and faces to seminars, the least they can do is submit a video speech!
Cancer Treatments Left Tarek Infertile
Tarek received harsh medical treatment for his thyroid cancer leaving him infertile, so Christina felt no choice but to undergo in-vitro fertilization to conceive their second child - which resulted in the birth of their son, Brayden. The birth of Brayden caused major tension in the household because Christina went back to work just four weeks after giving birth.
They Were Protested On Social Media
The Flip or Flop couple once had to cancel their Success Path training tour through Oregon and Washington after critics protested them online, accusing Tarek and Christina of being insensitive towards the real estate crisis. The protestors alleged that they were the only ones benefitting from the housing market and that it was wrong to promote a lifestyle that not everyone could succeed in.
The Show Must Go On
If you thought something as big and life changing as a divorce would put an end to Flip or Flop, think again. The El Moussa's wish to continue their professional relationship and still plan on rolling out new episodes! They feel that since they met at work and began dating as coworkers, then it will be easy for them to keep their personal lives aside and continue filming together.
Tarek Impulsively Auditioned
You may think that the couple was made for television - but that wasn't always the case. On a whim, Tarek filmed an audition tape and sent it into HGTV - earning him a 13 episode contract! Christina and Tarek may have the faces that television loves to see, but they never thought in their wildest dreams that they would be googled for their net worths!
Real Life Office Romance
Funny enough, their relationship always revolved around real estate - Tarek and Christina even first met at a real estate office while working together. They decided to take their relationship to the next level and now have a beautiful family. Although their marriage didn't last forever, they remain great friends, coworkers, and co-parents.
The Show Receives Great Ratings
If you don't regularly watch HGTV, you might be shocked to learn that Flip or Flop earns some pretty stellar ratings. In August 2016, it became the highest rated cable show in the 9:00 PM time slot on Thursday nights with 2.864 million viewers! Even with Christina and Tarek getting divorced, the show's ratings were hardly affected, and they are still raking in the dough.
HGTV Was Scared Of The Show
The show was originally set to air at 11:00 p.m. because the network was nervous viewers would respond negatively to a show about flipping foreclosed and distressed homes. The show came at the height of 2008 real-estate market crash, so producers worried it might be like adding salt to a wound for some people. However, the show was a hit and was moved to a 9:00 p.m. primetime slot.
Tarek Started His Career Early
Tarek started his career at an early age. He was a licensed real-estate agent by the time he was 21-years-old and became very successful very fast. Before he knew it, he was on his own television show flipping houses with his gorgeous wife, shortly after they met in their workplace. However, as we are aware, there is no such thing as a perfect life, and Tarek's is far from it.
There Are Going To Be Spinoffs
HGTV recently announced that there are going to be five Flip or Flop spinoff series! The locations will include Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Texas, and Las Vegas. The spinoffs are a direct result of Tarek and Christina's popularity on the HGTV network. We're excited to see if they can put the drama behind them and have a successful new season of Flip or Flop.