The Flip or Flop star made it very clear that it was one of his worst experiences of his life. During a brand new interview on Dr. Drew’s podcast, Tarek El Moussa got candid about his cancer struggles as well as the heartbreaking divorce he had to go through with Christina.
‘I have had a lot of different struggles in my life: financial struggles, personal struggles. Just a whole lot of struggles. I feel like I am finally in a place like, I was so broken after everything I went through. Literally broken that I was devastated. I could barely walk I was that broken as a person after going through all the trauma and the divorce and all these different things,’ Tarek explained.
As fans of the show are aware, the former couple and co-stars finalized their divorce in January.
Not only are Christina and Tarek El Moussa trying their best to be good co-parents despite the split but they also continue to be partners on their renovating show.
Despite the fact that Tarek battled both thyroid and testicular cancer back in 2013, he admitted that the illness was not really his most difficult struggle.
‘It was just my hormones were off. I was tired and I it was from the thyroid medication, but it was not. Here is the worst thing I ever did which is 100 times worse than cancer. I thought it was from my testicular cancer, so I went to this Botox doctor and hormone clinic that my ex said to go check out. Next thing I know I am shoving a needle on my a** and taking steroids, it was testosterone. It was awful. I was on way too much testosterone. On top of that taking human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) injections every day because I was told to.’
But in the end, no matter how hard the divorce was, it was also like a wakeup call for him to change his life around and overcome his problems.
‘The second I separated from my wife I said, ‘Okay it is time to do some soul searching, figure out what is wrong with me.’ The worst part before that was I hurt my back. It was the worst experience of my life.’
Because of all of the medication he would take combined with the divorce drama, Tarek developed depression.
‘I would find myself sitting alone and just being depressed. It was all because of all the s**t that was being pumped into my body just turned me into someone that was not me. In 20/20 hindsight I think, ‘How in the hell did I film a show, start a company, how did I do all these things?’ I was so spun out from all the s**t they gave me.’
Fortunately, his nightmarish story has a happy ending.
‘After separating and losing my family, I said ‘I am going to do every single thing I can to be the best person I can be.’ I can say standing here today I’m the best version of myself I ever thought I could be. I am the happiest I have ever been to date because I do not feel the way I felt.’