HGTV star Tarek El Moussa has revealed how “supportive” Christina Hall was of his baby with Heather Rae Moussa after their divorce.
HGTV star Tarek El Moussa opened up about how his ex Christina Hall reacted to baby news with his new wifeAxelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicThe 41-year-old revealed all in a recent interview, where he talked about ‘reaching rock bottom’ in 2016Getty Images
The Flip or Flop star noted that, while he is in a good place right now, at one point he “didn’t know who he was anymore.”
He spoke of hitting “rock bottom” in 2016 after dealing with a variety of health issues, including multiple cancers.
Tarek said: “You know, hitting rock bottom in 2016, when my ex-wife decided that she wanted to end things, you know, that’s that’s when I had to dig deep and really figure out who I was and who I wanted to be and where I wanted to go and how I was going to get there. So, I did a lot of work on myself to get to where I am today.”
He decided to change his lifestyle afterward entirely.
The pair welcomed a son named Tristan at he end of January 2023.
During Tarek’s interview, he spoke of ex Christina’s initial reaction to the pregnancy.
He called his ex-partner “very supportive”, and said Christina “congratulated” the new couple after Tristan was born.
Tarek also mentioned that Hall and El Moussa’s children Taylor, 12, and Brayden, 7, were beside themselves about welcoming a younger sibling.
He said: “I was a little bit nervous at first, you know, but they were so excited when they found out that Heather was pregnant, and you got to understand something: These kids, they’re obsessed with Heather, like they are obsessed with her.”
The reality star also discussed how it was important for him this time around to be a more present father with his new child.
“This time, it was very important for me to really, really spend that one-on-one quality time with him,” Tarek said.
“I’m not saying I didn’t do it with my other kids, okay. I did, but I’m older, I’m calmer, I’m more established. I have a little bit more time to relax. So I’m really enjoying that time with him.”
‘I’M SO EXCITED!’
Last year, Tarek and Heather announced they were expecting their first baby.
And news of their pregnancy seemed to be as much of a surprise to them as to their fans.
According to PEOPLE, the couple were in the middle of in vitro fertilization treatments.
They had even gotten as far as a date to implant an embryo, when they received the good news.
“It was a huge shock,” Heather, 34, told PEOPLE. “We just weren’t expecting this.
“We had just gone through IVF. We had embryos on ice. We had a plan.”
The Selling Sunset star went on to say the couple are thrilled with the news.
“I think when you least expect it and there’s no stress in your life, the world just brought us what was meant to be. I’m so excited that it happened like this.”
BREAKING THE NEWS
The day they first learned their family was growing, Tarek told PEOPLE he was sitting on a Zoom meeting.
“I just had this weird feeling, and I was like, she needs to take a pregnancy test right away.”
Heather took two tests, but both came out negative.
The third one was the charm.
She surprised Tarek later that day when he returned from work, hiding the positive test in a gift box with confetti and a baby onesie.
The TV star couple married the prior October in a lavish, heartwarming ceremony that featured flower arches and walls of champagne.
Tarek said Christina was “very supportive” of the new couple’s child and congratulated them on the birthGetty ImagesTarek confirmed that his previous children with Christina couldn’t get enough of their new siblingInstagram/christinahaackTarek plans on being more ‘present’ as a father with his latest childInstagram/christinahaack