It’s fair to say that Tarek and Christina El Moussa have been in the news a lot recently. Tarek’s battle with thyroid cancer has been fairly public, for one. And, most notably, the pair’s recent separation and divorce proceedings have racked up their fair share of column inches, too – not least because, at times, their estrangement has proved to be somewhat rancorous.
But even though the El Moussas’ dirty linen may be aired from time to time in the press, there’s a surprising amount about them that has nevertheless gone under the radar. Here, for example, are 20 things you may not have known about HGTV’s former golden couple.
20. Christina’s second labor was very difficult
When Christina gave birth to her second child Brayden in 2015, the experience both during and after labor was a bit of a nightmare. For starters, complications in the delivery of her son meant that she required an emergency cesarean section. But the problems didn’t end there – although the procedure was completed successfully, Christina was still in agony for weeks afterward. “My entire body hurt… it felt like my stomach was going to fall open when I stood up,” she admitted in a January 2016 interview with Cara Clark Nutrition.
19. They had a period of serious poverty
The El Moussas may be worth a pretty penny now, but they weren’t always so lucky with their money. In fact, after the 2008 financial crisis their fortunes were hit hard. What’s more, Christina wasn’t able to even scrape together the cash to buy maternity clothes when she was pregnant with the pair’s daughter Taylor. The couple also found themselves having to subsist on cheap Subway sandwiches in lieu of proper meals.