Christina and Tarek El Moussa Mark Split-erversary with Moving Instagram Posts

Who says a couple can’t break up and still get along?

Even if that break up involves on person pulling out a gun and the other person later dating a mutual friend?

Approximately one year ago, Christina and Tarek El Moussa announced their split.

It was a surprising confirmation for HGTV viewers that had spent the past few years watching Christina and Tarek successful renovate homes on Flip or Flop.

The couple share two little kids and at least appeared to get along pretty well on screen.

But we learned shortly after their separation that all was not perfect.

In fact, Tarek actually stormed off into the woods with a gun in the spring of 2016 after he and his wife got into a serious argument.

Concerned for Tarek’s safety, Christina called the police.

All was eventually sorted out (Tarek said he wanted the gun to keep wild animals away); no charges were filed; but the marriage was basically over.

In their statement announcing as much, Christina and Tarek assured fans that they would remain friends and that raising their two young kids would be a priority.

It’s the same things all famous people say when they go their separate ways.

But the El Moussas actually meant it!

Neither side has bad-mouthed the other over the past several months, even after Christina dated family contractor Gary Anderson for a bit.

And they are co-parenting their son and daughter like champs.

To make the anniversary of their public split, both sides of this ex-couple wrote something important on Instagram.

“You do not get to choose the events that come your way nor the sorrows that interrupt your life,” reads an excerpt from the pastor David Crosby’s book Your Pain is Changing You, shared by Christina.

“They will likely be a surprise to you, catching you off guard and unprepared.

“You may hold your head in your hands and lament your weak condition and wonder what you ought to do.”

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“Couldn’t agree more,” Christina wrote alongside the message above, which also includes the words:

To suffer, that is common to all. To suffer and still keep your composure, your faith, and your smile, that is remarkable.

She used the hashtag “#KeeptheFaith,” as well.

Tarek, meanwhile, posted a quote from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

It reads:

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

This is a reference to how the beloved author was famously way down on her luck before selling her first Harry Potter book.

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Tarek, for his part, has now overcome two different cancer diagnoses, as well as this divorce.

“This quote really stood out to me,” Tarek told his followers, adding:

“We’ve all faced obstacles and for many they were so horrific they hit the lowest point of their life with no future in sight….when you are at the bottom you feel nothing but pain, misery and despair.”

He concluded:

“Even though you can’t see the light at the bottom it still exists and as time goes on that light starts to shine.

“Once that light starts to shine take the opportunity to reevaluate who you are and what you want to be. Take it as an opportunity to bounce back and be stronger than ever.

“In my opinion, rock bottom is an opportunity to start over and do it right!”

We all could learn a lot from Tarek and Christina El Moussa, which is a sentiment we never imagined we’d express a year ago.


Mark Schwahn, One Tree Hill Creator, Accused of Rampant Sexual Misconduct

Over the past few weeks, accusations of sexual harassment have been leveled against numerous powerful men in Hollywood.

But few allegations have been like this:

On Monday night, the female cast and many crew members from One Tree Hill came together to write an open letter that called out series creator Mark Schwahn for years of unchecked sexual misconduct.

The actresses were inspired to take this unusual step after writer Audrey Wauchope (who currently works on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) Tweeted on Saturday that she and a colleague were sexually harassed years ago during their time writing for an unnamed series.

Wauchope did not cite Schwahn by name in her barrage of Tweets, either.

But she did write the following:

“Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn’t sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women.

“Sometimes we wouldn’t luck out and he’d just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning.

“He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they’re not my stories to share.”

Wauchope went on to say that the showrunner passed around naked photos of an actress he had slept with, unbeknownst to the actress, and that he tried talking a writer out of getting married because he wanted a chance to have sex with her.

It’s now clear that Wauchope was referring to Mark Schwahn.

In a joint statement – signed by One Tree Hill stars such as Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz – the female cast members of this former CW hit backed up Wauchope’s claims and alleged Schwahn manipulated many of them “psychologically and emotionally.”

Here is what the powerful letter says:

All of the female cast members of One Tree Hill have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another.

To use terminology that has become familiar as the systemic reality of sexual harassment and assault has come more and more to light, Mark Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an “open secret.”

Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress.

Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be.

Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe.

More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened.

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It continues:

The through line in all of this was, and still is, our unwavering support of and faith in one another. We confided in each other.

We set up safe spaces to talk about his behavior and how to handle it. To warn new women who joined our ranks.

We understood that a lot of it was orchestrated in ways that kept it out of sight for the studio back home. We also understood that no one was fully unaware.

The lack of action that has been routine, the turning of the other cheek, is intolerable.

We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries.

Many of us were told, during filming, that coming forward to talk about this culture would result in our show being canceled and hundreds of lovely, qualified, hard-working, and talented people losing their jobs.

This is not an appropriate amount of pressure to put on young girls.

Many of us since have stayed silent publicly but had very open channels of communication in our friend group and in our industry, because we want Tree Hill to remain the place “where everything’s better and everything’s safe” for our fans; some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives.

But the reality is, no space is safe when it has an underlying and infectious cancer. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories.

But there is more work to be done.

And it concludes:

We are all deeply grateful for Audrey’s courage. For one another. And for every male cast mate and crew member who has reached out to our group of women to offer their support these last few days.

They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. We are all in this together.

The message is signed “With Love and Courage” by:

  • Sophia Bush
  • Hilarie Burton
  • Bethany Joy Lenz
  • Danneel Harris
  • Michaela McManus
  • Kate Voegele
  • Daphne Zuniga
  • India de Beaufort
  • Bevin Prince
  • Jana Kramer
  • Shantel Van Santen
  • Allison Munn

It is also signed by the “Brave Crew And All the rest of the Women We Worked With Who Are Finding Their Voices as We Speak.”

Schwahn currently runs The Royals on E!.

In a statement Monday, the network said it is “monitoring the information carefully” and is “committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally.”


Mark Halperin Placed on Leave by MSNBC Amidst Sexual Misconduct Claims

Mark Halperin, a veteran political journalist who has been accused by five women of sexual harassment, has been placed on leave by MSNBC.

The network made the announcement about 12 hours after these damaging allegations were made against Halperin, saying via statement:

“Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”

On Wednesday night, shortly after news of these charges went viral, Halperin confirmed in his own statement that he had not always acted appropriately with women in the past.

“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” he said in a statement to CNN, adding:

“I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain.

“For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize.

“Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”

The allegations against Halperin stem from his tenure as political director at ABC News.

While the reporter was vague about what he was owning up to, his accusers claims his propositioned them for sex… touched their breasts… and/or pressed his genitals up against them while clothed.

Halperin is maybe best known for co-authoring the bestselling book “Game Change,” which was made into an HBO movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.

He has also anchored a program on Bloomberg TV and was prominently featured in Showtime’s “The Circus,” a series that chronicled the 2016 campaign cycle and the early days of the Donald Trump presidency.

Said ABC News in response to this story:

“Mark left ABC News over a decade ago, and no complaints were filed during his tenure.

These allegations come on the heels of more disturbing information also coming to light regarding Bill O’Reilly and the massive amount of money he paid to alleged sexual harassment victims in exchange for their silence.

According to a new New York Times article, O’Reilly shelled out $ 32 million in a settlement to one accuser alone.

Then, of course, there’s the case of Harvey Weinstein.

The long-time movie producer has now been accused by 54 women of having harassed or assaulted them.

The Times has reported on eight settlements he reached with his accusers, while various actresses and women who have worked in Hollywood have been coming forward with harrowing tales of interactions with Weinstein.

As a contributor to MSNBC, meanwhile, Halperin made regular appearances on Morning Joe and other news programs.

We doubt we see him back on that network again.