Heather Rae El Moussa spoke candidly about her role as the step-parent to the two children shared by her husband, Tarek El Moussa, and his ex-wife, Christina Hall. The “Selling Sunset” star admitted she initially felt inferior at the start of her relationship with Tarek but says putting the children first has brought the three closer together.
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“I’m a very happy, positive person, but I felt like I was always second,” Heather explained to “Today,” adding that despite being head over heels with Tarek, “you always kind of think of the ex.” While the experience hasn’t always been positive, she admits she has learned to “navigate [her] own feelings” amid her integration into a blended family. “It wasn’t always perfect,” she said. “I mean, we’ve definitely had some ups and downs. They had ups and downs.” Ultimately, deciding that the “kids are the most important thing” was the key to successful co-parenting.
Christina echoed that sentiment when the son she shares with Tarek, Brayden El Moussa, was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy in May 2022. “Stressful 24 hours but a good reminder how important teamwork/co-parenting is,” the “Christina on the Coast” star wrote on her Instagram Story. “Sometimes a scary situation can be a good wake-up call. In the end, all the other stuff is just ‘noise,’ what matters is the kids.