The highly-anticipated new season of Flip or Flop airs on May 31, and things are about to get very intense. This is the first time Christina and Tarek El Moussa will be working together as exes. With two kids, a new man in Christina's life, and a job to do, it'll be interesting to see how it plays out. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the show's return.
1. The couple recently divorced.
After seven years of marriage, Christina and Tarek separated in May 2016, though they didn't announce it until December, when an incident involving the couple became public. "We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago, and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution," they explained in a , adding that there was no violence or charges filed.
Tarek officially filed for divorce in January 2017, and it was finalized a year later, in January 2018.
2. The tension between Christina and Tarek will be high.
A press release regarding the premiere episode says, "As they toil through design plans and renovations, the duo realizes that working together within the boundaries of their new relationship might be harder than the flip itself."
3. You can expect to watch a LOT of arguments.
"We do our best to be as professional as possible, but every now and then we have to jab each other — sometimes more serious than others," Tarek said in an interview with . "It's kind of how it goes nowadays," he added.
Tarek also said there were a few arguments with Christina he didn't think would make it to the show but did.
4. Christina has a, and there's (maybe) (hopefully) a chance he'll be in an episode.
His name is Ant Anstead, and he fully supports Christina and Tarek's working relationship. On Christina's latest Instagram post about season seven he left a supportive comment, writing "super proud of you!"
Prior to that, he replied to a commenter inquiring about the working relationship, calling the exes "truly inspiring professionals." Seems like the support is all around, and in an interview with Us Weekly Tarek said, "I'm happy she met a nice, normal guy."
Here's to hoping Ant makes a cameo this season — him, Tarek, and Christina on one screen? *Grabs popcorn.*
5. These are Christina's fave episodes to date.
She posted a picture of her and Tarek, writing "Gonna be the best season yet!!! ⭐️."
6. And Tarek thinks it's going to be completely different from what fans are used to seeing.
"I just watched the first episode last week, and it is absolutely different than anything you've ever seen from us," he told E!. Prior to that, he told the new season is a "rebirth."
7. The first episode will take place in Diamond Bar, California.
According to a press release, Christina and Tarek will tackle an outdated property with a pool and potential, in a neighborhood with comps in the $600k range. The catch? It's riddled with rodents.
8. Things are going to get awkward.
"This would be awkward for any exes," Christina said in a press release. "Since we have to see each other every day it's beyond awkward. I'm planning on staying friendly and keeping things light," she said.
"We're still trying to figure out how all of this is going to work," said Tarek in the same release. “Flipping houses put us in the spotlight, and while it was tough before, now the pressure is really on."
Flip or Flop returns to HGTV on Thursday, May 31, at 9 p.m. EST.
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