Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae El Moussa have received many congratulations from family and friends following the birth of their first child together, including the HGTV star’s ex-wife, Christina Hall.
“Christina congratulated us, of course, and she’s very happy for us,” Tarek, 41, exclusively reveals in a joint interview with Heather, 36, in the new issue of Us Weekly. “When it comes to gifts, we got so many gifts. I was actually surprised … It was really, really nice.”
According to US Magazine, the reality TV couple, who had a son Tristan Jay in January, started dating in 2019 after the author of Flip Your Life finalized his divorce from Hall, 39. Tarek is the father of Christina in the Country star Taylor, 12, and Brayden, 7.
After the pair tied the knot in October 2021, Heather gushed about taking on the role of a stepmom.
“These kids are truly our everything, so we decided to say our vows first to the kids and second to each other,” she wrote via Instagram at the time.
“This is just a tiny portion of what I said to the kids, but I truly meant every word: When your daddy and I decided to be fully committed, I was 100 percent committing myself to you too.
I am beyond honored to be your bonus mommy. Thank you for allowing me to love your daddy with all my heart. I love you both more than you will ever know.”
Tarek and Heather later announced plans to extend their family. “Surprise!!! Baby El Moussa coming early 2023!!,” the Selling Sunset star captioned a maternity shoot shot with her husband in July 2022.
Prior to the birth of their kid, the real estate couple revealed their approach to co-parenting with Hall.
“Communication is important and honestly, we were talking about this earlier, it’s so nice to have a good relationship with the other parent because everyone’s happier, the kids are happier, it’s just been incredible,” the former model shared Us in December 2022.
“We have them 50/50. So, at our house, I’m a mom to them and then they have their mom, and I and her communicate well, and we talk almost every day about the kids, which is just important. We’re raising good humans.”
Tarek added: “The key is just putting the kids first. Our feelings or emotions don’t matter, but the truth is, we’ve all been getting along fantastically.
It’s funny, now we team up against the kids because they don’t know we talk, so it’s like, ‘Hey, I was talking to your mom, I heard what you did.’”
Earlier this month, the Flip or Flop alum confirmed their little one’s arrival, telling Us in a statement, “Becoming a father for the third time is just as exciting as it was the first time.
Our baby boy is doing amazing and Heather was a rockstar during labor. I don’t think I’ve seen Tay and Bray as happy as they were when they met their little brother.”
The real estate investor gushed about how the milestone was “truly a special moment” for him and his wife. “We are on cloud 9 and soaking in all of the snuggles and bonding with our little guy as an official family of 5,” Tarek added. “My heart has grown even bigger and I’m feeling like the luckiest guy on the planet.”
Since bringing their boy home, the new mom discussed how she adjusted to life with a baby. “Having my own and carrying him and then going through the labor … it’s just such a beautiful thing that the female body can do,” she tells Us.