Bad news for fans of one of HGTV’s most picture-perfect couples: Tarek and Christina El Moussa, the hosts of HGTV’s Flip or Flop, have announced their separation after seven years of marriage. TMZ reports that the separation follows an altercation back in May to which police were called to the couple’s home, allegedly to respond to a “possibly suicidal male”; Tarek reportedly exited the couple’s home with a firearm during the incident, but dropped it when instructed by police. “Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” the El Moussas said in a statement. “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.”
As for the future of the show, which follows the El Moussas as they buy and renovate distressed properties, the couple says they plan to continue their working relationship and co-parent their two children. “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,” the El Moussas said. Flip or Flop premiered its seventh season on December 1; HGTV told Fox News’ FOX411 that the network is “currently airing episodes of Flip or Flop and the series will continue production as scheduled.” HGTV has not yet renewed the show for an eighth season.