The cable network released a statement to ET in regard to the pair's split. "We admire and appreciate Tarek and Christina’s great work on Flip or Flop. When it comes to matters related to their own family, we respect their privacy and honor any decision that works best for them and their children," the statement reads. "HGTV is currently airing episodes of Flip or Flop and the series will continue production as scheduled."
Tarek and Christina confirmed they were taking a step back from their marriage after a recent incident that led to police being called out to their Orange County, California, home. “Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” theysaid in a statement to ET. “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.”
Tarek and Christina go on to say that they "sought out counseling" but have decided to separate to reevaluate "the future of our marriage."
“During the process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be,” the statement continued. “We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”
In May, police showed up to the couple's home upon receiving a call of a "possibly suicidal male with a gun." Tarek allegedly ran from the house with a firearm, and dropped the weapon when officers instructed him to do so. The reality star told police that he had no intention of harming himself but was looking to "blow off some steam."
Tarek and Christina were married in 2009 and have two children, Brayden, 1, and a 6-year-old daughter, Taylor.
In 2013, Tarek discovered he had thyroid cancer
after a fan who wrote in upon noticing a lump on his neck. "I probably would've never known that I had cancer," he told The Insider
. "And by the time that I would've found out, it probably would've been in a much further stage."
Tarek also admitted that the diagnosis had a big impact on his family dynamic. "It really hit me hard," he said. "It hit my family hard, and it was just a really scary thing."