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Tarek El Moussa battled testicular cancer, says this contributed to divorce from wife Christina

7 March 2017 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Tarek and Christina El Moussa revealed recently they are divorcing and now the other half of the “Flip or Flop” series shared his testicular cancer battle and how it contributed to his divorce from his former wife.

Tarek said he was diagnosed with the testicular cancer at the same time it was found out he was suffering from thyroid cancer. The announcement was made by Tarek on the Monday episode of

“The Doctors.”

Tarek got his thyroid removed in 2013 and two months after knowing about that, he was told he had testicular cancer. According to Tarek, he and Christina wanted to keep the second diagnosis private and away from the public eye but he revealed in the show that it took a toll on their relationship and also affected their show. He shared, "I was at one building doing my thyroid stuff, and mentioned I was going across the street to get an ultrasound done. I’ll never forget the doctor joking, 'I hope you don't have cancer!'"

Tarek is no longer suffering from the cancer after undergoing surgery and radioactive iodine therapy. He said he wanted to let people know more about the second cancer diagnosis so people would be more aware of taking care of themselves.

However, even if he beat the two cancers, it was not too good for their relationship. He said, “If we had better communication, we would’ve had a better relationship. As time went on, and as you get busier and busier … business, TV, then the cancer, the [second] cancer, and the back surgery, it just started pushing us apart from each other.”

The El Moussas are filming the seventh season of “Flip or Flop.” It is unclear if they will continue with another season despite being divorced.

Spin-offs were also announced by HGTV. “Flip or Flop” was originally filmed in Southern California but the spin-offs will include places like Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Nashville.

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