When it comes to PDA, Tarek El Moussa doesn’t shy away. He’s incredibly happy to share about his relationship with girlfriend Heather Rae Young. The two started dating after his divorce from ex-wife Christina Anstead, whom he stars with on the HGTV show Flip or Flop.
Tarek and Heather are so crazy about each other that he says on his Instagram page they became exclusive after five days and moved in together after just one week.
Tarek also made their relationship Instagram official in August of 2019, saying, “After more than 3 years on my own I’m so PROUD to say that this beautiful, sweet and talented young lady is my girlfriend!”
Tarek has certainly had a rough time over the last few years. In 2013, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer after a nurse watching Flip or Flop noticed a lump on Tarek’s thyroid. She was so concerned, she actually contacted the show’s producers.
While undergoing treatment, Tarek and Christina were in the middle of trying to conceive their second child, son Brayden, who was born in 2015. Tarek then threw out his back while playing golf and started receiving hormone injections.
He spoke about his health struggles on The Dr. Drew Podcast, saying, “I lost 60 pounds, I was on Vicodin every day. On top of that, my hormones are off, I’m on pain meds and narcotics, and I’m filming and working. It was a really rough three, four years … It was a horrifying experience.”
By 2016, Tarek and Christina’s marriage had started to crumble. Christina spoke to PEOPLE about the many struggles the couple faced, which included trying to renovate a home.
She told PEOPLE, “We ended up having to move out to a tiny hotel for three months. Then we lived with my parents for another month, and then we still moved back into a construction zone for a few months.”
The couple decided to try counseling but ultimately, Tarek filed for divorce in 2017, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Not long after their split, Christina started dating English television presenter and car builder, Ant Anstead. The two got married in 2018 and welcomed a son, Hudson, in September of 2019. He joins older siblings Taylor and Brayden, Christina’s children with Tarek.
Anstead also has a son and daughter from his first marriage to Louise Anstead. Other than mom and dad, the kids were the first to welcome their new baby brother upon his arrival.
Tarek offered words of congratulations to the couple, saying, “She (Taylor) got to meet her new brother Hudson yesterday and she was thrilled!!! I can’t wait to meet the little guy also!”
At long last, Tarek has found love and good health again. And there are already murmurs of wedding bells between him and Heather. But he told Hollywood Life, “We’re taking it one step at a time. Everything is going great right now, seven months in, so the future is very bright.”
The Flip or Flop star is also getting ready for his own show, Flipping 101, of which he says, “It’s broad, it’s definitely high stakes. We’re taking real rookie flippers, and they’re buying real houses with real money, with real problems. It’s the real deal and I just love it, because it gives me the opportunity to show the world why I make the decisions I make on TV when it comes to real estate investing.”
The show premieres on March 5, 2020.